A memoir recommended for those who struggle with doubt and frustrations in their life and who are interested in having new insights into faith, love, prayer, and God.
In this follow up to the first half of his memoir, The Sacred Journey, novelist-clergyman Frederick Buechner recalls some of the events, people and places in his life from 1954 to the present. He writes about attending Union Seminary and studying under Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich and James Muilenburg. He celebrates his marriage and the nine years of teaching religion at Phillips Exeter Academy. He shares the frustration and the fulfillment of facing the blank pages and fashioning stories which will artfully reflect the complexity of the human condition.
Now and Then is a well written work that tutors us in long looking. Buechner declares: "Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is . . . in the last analysis all moments are key moments." This memoir offers rich insights into the nature of Christian faith, doubt, marriage, love, prayer, and preaching. Now and Then puts storytelling and imagination together.