14 quotes from Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC: ‘The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.’. CHRISTIANITY IS mainly wishful thinking. Even the part about Judgment and Hell reflects the wish that somewhere the score is being kept. Wishful Thinking by Frederick Buechner – book cover, description, publication history.

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In Wishful Thinkingthe first book in his much-loved lexical trilogy, Frederick Buechner puts the language of God, the universe, and the human spirit under his wry linguistic microscope.

In his often ironic and always keen-sighted reflections on such terms as agnostic, envy, love, and sinhe invited us to look at theses everyday words in new and enlightening ways. Freshly revised and expanded for this edition, Wishful Thinking is a “beguiling” [ Time ] adventure in language for the restless believer, the doubter, and all who love words. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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Please try again later. The book arrived looking as if it had never been touched. Perfect condition and fast shipping. Easy read but meaty. Very short dictionary type book from A to Z – B for Bible, etc. So many quirky wise definitions. Wish I’d been able to think them up. Will order another Buechner soon. This book is on my top list! Each of Buechner’s “definitions” are profound gems of everyday theology, which is the only theology that matters.

Entries may be 25 words or two pages long, but I guarantee they will give new insights.

Wishful Thinking by Frederick Buechner

But there is much for the tginking Christian to mine as well, since ultimately, we are all seekers. One person found this helpful. Wishful Thinking by Frederick Buechner is the perfect introduction to a brilliant author. The tenets of the faith, the ‘essentials’ and the ‘non-essentials are arranged alphabetically. Until you confess them, however they are the abyss between you. When you confess them, they become the bridge.

Buechner Theological short essays: A decade after Bishop Robinson, of Woolwich, wrote his little fredericm provoking book, ‘Honest to God’ ininitiating a huge wave of theological examination of personal faith, and the western understanding of Christian religious concepts, a new lexicon is deeply sought.

Based on redefining Church dogmatics, Buechner articulates those basic concepts of everyday life, in bufchner analogies, and theologically provocative terms. Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith.

Buechner entertains with original humor that has empowered his witty distinct style, of subtle wisdom expressions, to reach out to and engage his readers. Sometimes the truth is fredfrick sets us wishing for it. In the first book of his popular lexical trilogy, Buechner shares ffederick insightful reflections on everyday words and issues like, envy, love, and sin, persuading us to examine them in novel ways and fresh perspective.


The book has been praised by The Christian Century, as “Original, pungent and joyful.

Frederick Buechner, buecher superb aphorist, theological critic and author of more than thirty books, is an ordained Presbyterian minister. I’ve owned a copy of this book for over 20 years and still refer to Buechner’s definitions of theological words for sermon illustrations or ideas in teaching Bible studies.

Buechner writes with a depth of someone who lives the Christian Faith in the real world. His sometimes funny and sometimes poignant definitions challenge the reader to think about theology and provide insights into God that present God’s grace and forgiveness in new ways.

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