Two of my favorite spiritual memoirs are the magnificent works The Sacred Journey and Telling Secrets, by Frederick Buechner, an ordained Presbyterian minister who, since 1967 has lived in and written from Vermont.  Buechner's prose is supple, his mind fertile and his way of looking at religious and spiritual concepts always inviting and often very surprising.  So when I heard that our digital editor Tim Reidy was asked to write a profile of Buechner for the Princeton Alumni Weekly, I was delighted.  Tim's delightful essay, based on his interview with Mr. Buechner, is here.  My favorite passage:  "For Buechner, the process of writing about his life is sacred: 'My story is important not because it is mine, God knows, but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in many ways it is also yours. ... It is precisely through these stories in all their particularity, as I have long believed and often said, that God makes himself known to each of us more powerfully and personally.'"
 

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Vanessa Sandow | 11/25/2013 - 6:45am

During his third year at Princeton, Frederick Buechner received the Irene Glascock Prize for poetry which was pretty amazing at that early age. He also began working on his first novel "A Long Day’s Dying, published in 1950. Bottom line is that Frederick Buechner has accomplished more than most of us and will always be a great man.

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Andrew Alfray | 5/29/2013 - 10:44pm

My favorite works of Frederick Buechner is the The Sacred Journey I really enjoyed reading it.

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Beth Cioffoletti | 1/6/2013 - 4:18pm

Good job, Tim. I really enjoyed reading that article, even though I haven't read anything by Buechner. He sounds like the real deal to me.