Frederick Buechner, a Presbyterian minister, has published novels, essays, sermons, portraits of biblical characters, as well as two collections organized as dictionaries, of brief redefinitions of religious terms. He is also known for his autobiographical musings, including The Sacred Journey, Now & Then, Telling Secrets, and The Longing for Home.

Buechner finds intimations of God's presence and grace at every turn, and especially in his own experiences. It's not surprising, then, that this collection of excerpts from his many writings is called Listening to Your Life. It is organized with a brief reading for every day of the year.