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By Frederick Buechner

Past phrases n (1.) phrases or names that time to the area of poser and intensity that lies past our usual adventure. (2.) the truth that's past even the facility of past phrases to show, and that may be recognized merely through experiencing it for your self. "A observe an afternoon to maintain the demons at bay." this is often how Frederick Buechner loves to describe this witty and incisive dictionary. a regular devotional from one in every of modern maximum non secular writers, past phrases bargains 366 entries from Buechner's 3 alphabet books, Wishful pondering, strange Treasures, and Whistling at nighttime, together with a brand new creation and nineteen new entries. supplying definitions of either sacred and usual phrases, in addition to biblical characters, Buechner unabashedly brings his clean standpoint to phrases, recommendations, and characters we idea we understood. this can be a nice creation to Buechner's paintings in addition to a library staple for these already good versed in his writing. it's Buechner at his top. no matter if readers locate themselves tearful from a deeply relocating perception or guffawing out loud at an unforeseen flip of word, they are going to consistently think uplifted, illuminated, and enchanted by way of the knowledge of Frederick Buechner.

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Even though you suspect you will probably never get around to them, it is an honor just to have them on your shelves. B e y o n d Wo r d s 49 Something of what they contains gets into the air you breathe. They are like money in the bank, which is a comfort even though you never spend it. They are prepared to give you all they’ve got at a moment’s notice, but are in no special hurry about it. In the meanwhile they are holding their tongues, even the most loquacious of them, even the most passionate.

We believe God when somehow we run into God in a way that by and large leaves us no choice to do otherwise. When Jesus says that whoever believes “into” him shall never die, he does not mean that to be willing to sign your name to the B e y o n d Wo r d s 39 Nicene Creed guarantees eternal life. Eternal life is not the result of believing in. It is the experience of believing. BELSHAZZAR T here were blocks of ice carved into peacocks, gods, galleons in full sail. There were mounds of peeled shrimp and caviar, whole lambs roasted with their forepaws crossed like crusaders, suckling pigs cradled in lilies-of-the-valley and watercress.

In as detached a way as he saw the girl, he saw both that he had to have her at any cost and that the cost would be exorbitant. Her husband’s murder, the death of their first child—like actors B e y o n d Wo r d s 35 awaiting their cues, the fatal consequences lurked just out of sight in the wings. A long time afterward, when the chill was in his bones and, rattling with beads, Bathsheba came to pester him about Solomon, he could hardly see her the way she looked there at his bedside, but saw her instead glimmering in the dusk like a peeled pear as he’d first gazed down at her from the roof with his glass in his hand all those years earlier.

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