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A Crazy, Holy Grace

The Healing Power of Pain and Memory
Narrated by: Henry O. Arnold, Gabe Wicks
Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
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When pain is real, why is God silent?

Frederick Buechner has grappled with the nature of pain, grief, and grace ever since his father committed suicide when Buechner was a young boy. He continued that search as a father when his daughter struggled with anorexia. In this essential collection of essays, including one never before published, Frederick Buechner finds that the God who might seem so silent is ever near. He writes about what it means to be a steward of our pain, and about this grace from God that seems arbitrary and yet draws us to his holiness and care. Finally, he writes about the magic of memory and how it can close up the old wounds with the memories of past goodnesses and graces from God.

Here now are the best of Buechner's writings on pain and loss, covering such topics as the power of hidden secrets, loss of a dearly beloved, letting go, resurrection from the ruins, peace, and listening for the quiet voice of God. And he reveals that pain and sorrow can be a treasure - an amazing grace.

Buechner says that loss will come to all of us, but he writes that we are not alone. Crazy and unreal as it may sometimes seem, God's holy, healing grace is always present and available if we are still enough to receive it.

©2017 Frederick Buechner (P)2017 Zondervan

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  • Carolyn
  • 02-01-2018

Love all things Buechner but narration is poor.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would definitely recommend any of Buechner's books. His writing is beautiful and inspiring. I would not recommend this audiobook. His words are merely read, almost robotically. Very disappointing.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gabe Wicks and Henry O. Arnold ?

Not sure, but someone who could have made the words come alive.

Could you see A Crazy, Holy Grace being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-2020

I loved this book

I listened to this several times, and I will listen some more. This is great for people recovering from pain of loss, as well as people suffering from various difficult situations in life.

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  • Sojourner
  • 10-09-2019

Had to slough through it. Didn’t like narrator.

I was able mutually excited to delve into this collection. However, right from the start, the narrator distracted me. It seemed he never took a breath in between sentences or phrases, which then left me breathless.

It evolved into “doing my homework” to finish it. This is not the best introduction to this beloved author. The second half was easier to digest, even though there was some repetition.

For such a prolific writer that I caught glimpses of, I don’t recommend this collection. It doesn’t do him credit.

Maybe I’ll try one of his fiction books—but not for a while.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-10-2018

on memory, on death, and what follows

the author traces and faces critical moments in his own life, coming to terms with the death, and perhaps the ongoing life, of loved ones

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  • Jackie St. Hilaire
  • 07-05-2018

This too shall pass

From the depths of the authors soul to the depths of our soul healing and transformation begins .

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  • marykay
  • 10-03-2018

great book narrattion not so good

Buechner's a Terrific Author .narrattor like a computer no feeling or passion doesn't convey any feeling.