The Alphabet of Grace (1970)
With characteristic eloquence and insight, Buechner presents a three-part series of reflections that probe, through the course of one day, the innermost mysteries of life. Blending an artist's eye for natural beauty, the true meaning of human encounters, and the significance of occurrences (momentous or seemly trivial), with a wealth of personal, literacy, biblical, and spiritual insights, he offers a matchless opportunity for readers to discover the hidden wisdom that can be gleaned through a heightened experience of daily life. The chapters of this book were originally delivered at Harvard University as The William Belden Noble Lectures.
"A book by an experienced writer, a novelist, a poet, a clergyman…The Alphabet of Grace is a small but beautiful whole, ordered by poetic structure."
— Madeleine L’Engle
"Frederick Buechner surprises and delights (and—very softly—teaches) us by giving some shape to apparently random experience by uttering it…he has articulated what he sees with a freshness and clarity and energy that hails our stultified imaginations."
— The New York Times Book Review