New from Frederick Buechner: Two Books Confronting Today’s Critical Issues

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Zondervan Publishing releases two new titles by prolific writer Frederick Buechner October 3. The titles, “The Remarkable Ordinary: How to Stop, Look, and Listen to Life” and “A Crazy, Holy Grace: The Healing Power of Pain and Memory” tackle today’s issues head-on with never-before published works.

Frederick Buechner brings the reader to his knees, sometimes in laughter, sometimes in an astonishment very close to prayer, and at the best of times in a combination of both. --The New York Times Book Review

In two books confronting topics faced by millions today, renowned writer Frederick Buechner once again addresses critical issues, speaking truth laden with grace. The two books, “The Remarkable Ordinary: How to Stop, Look, and Listen to Life” (Zondervan, ISBN 9780310351900) and “A Crazy, Holy Grace: The Healing Power of Pain and Memory” (Zondervan, ISBN 978-0310349761) will be available October 3.

In “The Remarkable Ordinary” – a book based on a series of mostly unpublished lectures – readers will see life through Buechner’s eyes and be renewed. Those who find themselves feeling like life is predictable, and their work insignificant will find new meaning as they read Buechner’s insights of how to stop, look, and listen to their lives. His reflections on how both art and faith teach us how to pay attention to the remarkableness right in front of us, to watch for the greatness in the ordinary, to use imagination to see the greatness in others and to love them well will challenge and encourage those who feel less than extraordinary in this world.

The second book to be released on October 3, “A Crazy, Holy Grace” tackles the important question, “When pain is real, why is God silent?” Buechner himself has grappled with the nature of pain, grief, and grace much of his life; his father committed suicide when he was a young boy. In this essential collection of essays, including one never before published, Frederick Buechner finds that the God who might seem so silent is truly near. “A Crazy, Holy Grace” holds Buechner’s best writings on pain and loss, covering such topics as the power of secrets, loss of a loved one, letting go, and resurrection from the ruins. And he reveals that pain and sorrow can be a treasure—an amazing grace.

One of the most important writer-theologians of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and a prolific writer for six decades, Buechner has published more than thirty books in a variety of genres. Among his most beloved works are Secrets in the Dark, a collection of sermons; four volumes of memoir, The Sacred Journey, Now and Then, Telling Secrets, and The Eyes of the Heart; Wishful Thinking, a book of short essays, The Book of Bebb, a tetralogy based on the character Leo Bebb; Godric, a first-person narrative of the life of the medieval saint and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and his best-selling Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner.

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