The Hungering Dark (1968)
These powerful reflections on biblical themes by one of today's most popular religious writers point up the truth that the darkness of doubt is often necessary to provoke a hunger for God. The Hungering Dark towers as one of Frederick Buechner's best statements on contemporary belief challenged by doubt. Drawing on texts from the Old and New Testaments, The Hungering Dark invites us to discover the hidden face of God, the manifestation of his grace, revealed in stillness, in unexpected places, often "through a glass, darkly." It invites us to say yes to "the possibility of God", and to recover "this fantastic hope that the future belongs to God...that holiness will return to our world."
"Combines an acute sensitivity to the biblical word with a keen awareness for what is relevant for his contemporaries."
"Frederick Buechner is a poet and master of English prose."
— The Living Church
"This pastor-novelist-essayist is a master of graceful writing."
"Frederick Buechner’s style is ostensibly prose, yet so compressed are the ideas and so vivid are the images that the writing often seems to be free verse."
— Presbyterian Life