The Sacred Journey (1982)
A Memoir of Early Days
This memoir reflects on key moments of the author's early life, from childhood to his entering seminary, that reveal how God speaks to us in a variety of ways every moment of every day. "About ten years ago I gave a set of lectures at Harvard in which I made the observation that all theology, like all fiction, is at its heart autobiography, and that what a theologian is doing essentially is examining as honestly as he can the rough-and-tumble of his own experience with all its ups and downs, its mysteries and loose ends, and expressing in logical, abstract terms the truths about human life and about God that he believes he has found implicit there. More as a novelist than as a theologian, more concretely than abstractly, I determined to try to describe my own life as evocatively and candidly as I could in the hope that such glimmers of theological truth as I believed I had glimpsed in it would shine through my description more or less on their own. It seemed to me then, and seems to me still, that if God speaks to us at all in this world, if God speaks anywhere, it is into our personal lives that he speaks." — Frederick Buechner, from the Introduction to The Sacred Journey
"A singularly graceful synthesis of memoir and theological explanation... Entrancing... poetically rich."
— Washington Post Book World
“Tells the story of one person’s journey into faith. In doing so, it nudges its readers to explore [their] own sacred journeys.”
"Fascinating... striking... a beautifully successful experiment."
— New York Times Book Review
"A candid self-portrait of a devout man."
— Philadelphia Inquirer