The Eyes of the Heart: A Memoir of the Lost and Found


Oct 28, Melanie Griffin rated it really liked it. His sentences can take your breath away. Slightly mystical, but very matter-of-fact. He is facing mortality here, having turned seventy, and is I think looking for the traces left by those who have gone before. He is also processing the death of his brother a Beautifully written. He is also processing the death of his brother as he writes the book, so the overall effect is somewhat sobering. Can't wait for more. Jul 28, Chuck Denison rated it liked it Recommends it for: Freddie Buechner has written four previous memoirs.

By now the material is thin. In this, his latest memoir at 70 he is trolling through family ancestors and old boxes of photographs, talking to his long dead grandmother about a dead friend or a dead brother It is a bit weird and just, well, private. Buechner's been good with titles like "Telling Secrets", but this time, this is stuff I don't really want to know or particularly care about. It is, of course, nicely and delicately written, an Freddie Buechner has written four previous memoirs.

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It is, of course, nicely and delicately written, and it might get you thinking. May 24, Jonathan rated it it was amazing. Alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking. This is Buechner's fourth memoir, and no, that's not too much in light of his 80 or so years, life experiences, and body of work. He touches on so many subjects -- his friendship with the late poet James Merrill, his family tragedy, some of his great works, and the life well lived. The touch Buechner gives whatever he is writing about is the most gentle and yet most searing touch I have encountered in literature.

I love to read him when I am in need of Alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking. I love to read him when I am in need of calm in my own life. Apr 01, Juli rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a memoir about Buechner's extended family.

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I normally wouldn't be all that interested in family history that wasn't my own but Buechner has a way of drawing me in no matter what he is talking about. I just love how he captures thoughts about life, faith, interactions with people, and personal struggles.

This one found me with quite a few tears at the end. A beautiful account of the good and bad of being a part of family. Dec 26, Andrea Engle rated it really liked it Shelves: Comforting memories of several family members and friends Bring me through pain into peace. Bring me through death into life. Be with me wherever I go, and with everyone I love. In Christ's name I ask it. Jan 27, Rob Sharpe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Being a typical man tears are often the last thing my eyes want to give.

Being an little less than typical man I read Frederick Buechner. As I read this memoir I came to a part that prompted tears. This book recount Buechner's fractured relationship among his immediate family and the subsequent attempts at restoring relationships after the suicide of his father. Buechner is a wonderful writer and this memoir is an absolute jewel. Feb 28, Helene rated it really liked it. I love Buechner's conversational tone--he makes me feel like we are friends and talking face-to-face.

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Although there is repetition between books, that is not a problem. When friends talk there are bound to be stories that are repeated with fresh perspectives and insights. His ability to combine non-fiction with imagination, poetic thoughts and theology is a delight. Jun 11, Carol rated it really liked it. I was drawn in but the "payoff" came in the final chapter which made the whole journey worth it. This is a book that really triggers your own memories and raises questions for your own life. Buechner has been a consitent friend over the years.

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Dec 27, Michelle marked it as to-read Shelves: Draws reader into meaning of various relationships through the details of his life. Mar 21, Sarah Eisele rated it really liked it. I love reading about the lives of people of faith whom I admire. Oct 22, Julianna Taylor rated it really liked it. Jan 06, Jj rated it it was ok. Interesting read, but a bit strange and self indulgent of the author.

Sep 13, Jessica Stock rated it it was amazing. Has left me for a week daydreaming about God and death and the beauty and pain but mostly beauty of existence. Oct 16, Klanette rated it really liked it. Love how he calls his library the magic kingdom. Aug 29, Milton Brasher-Cunningham rated it it was amazing. Reading Buechner is like talking with an old friend: I think I know what he is going to say, but there is always a surprise that reaches my heart in new ways and calls me deeper into life. Dec 29, Christy rated it it was amazing Shelves: He calls his library the Magic Kingdom.

I wish he were 50 years younger. Apr 21, Elle Tyler rated it it was amazing.

Buechner, you've done it again. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Frederick Buechner is a highly influential writer and theologian who has won awards for his poetry, short stories, novels and theological writings. His work pioneered the genre of spiritual memoir, laying the groundwork for writers such as Anne Lamott, Rob Bell and Lauren Winner. His first book, A Long Day's Dying , was published to acclaim just two years after he graduated from Princeton.

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He entere Frederick Buechner is a highly influential writer and theologian who has won awards for his poetry, short stories, novels and theological writings. After seminary he spent nine years at Phillips Exeter Academy, establishing a religion department and teaching courses in both religion and English. Among his students was the future author, John Irving. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.

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From critically acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize runner-up Frederick Buechner comes another powerfully honest memoir, The Eyes of the Heart. Full of. Editorial Reviews. domaine-solitude.com Review. Unlike some Christian writers, Frederick Buechner Look inside this book. The Eyes of the Heart: A Memoir of the Lost and Found by [Buechner. Kindle App Ad.

To my mind, this is my old friend Freddy Buechner's deepest, finest work. Just a lovely, poignant, terrifying meditation on death and life. I have been a fan of Mr. Buechner's for a long time and his writings have touched me very deeply. From critically acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize runner-up Frederick Buechner comes another powerfully honest memoir, The Eyes of the Heart. Full of poinant insights into his most personal relationships, this moving account traces how the author was shaped as much by his family's secrets as by its celebrations.

Within the innermost chambers of his consciousness, Buechner, in his characteristically self-searching style, explores the mysteries and truths behind his deepest connections to family, friends, and mentors. Extraordinarily moving, this memoir follows not chronology but the converging paths of Buechner's imagination and memory.

Buechner invites us into his library-his own Magic Kingdom, Surrounded by his beloved books and treasures, we discover how they serve as the gateway to Buechner's mind and heart. He draws the reader into his recollections, moving seamlessly from reminiscence to contemplation. Buechner recounts events such as the tragic suicide of his father and its continual fallout on his life, intimate and little-known details about his deep friendship with the late poet James Merrill, and his ongoing struggle to understand the complexities of his relationship to his mother.

This cast of characters comprised of Buechner's relatives and loved ones is brought to vibrant life by his peerless writing and capacity to probe the depths of his own consciousness.