This last piece is the literary challenge. A well-crafted work welcomes readers in, takes their hats and coats, and gives a thorough tour of the house. The readers then feel enough at ease to dwell in the story for a while, and perhaps be changed by it. Yet learning the craft of writing can enrich your insight into the past and your relationship with mystery. The process of shaping and deepening a draft helps satisfy that fundamental longing for connection.
I also believe the rigors of learning to write well-not just getting our stories down, but giving them a pleasing form-prod us to extend our insights, enlarge our thinking, and widen the scope of our world. If we craft our stories for an audience whether or not an audience will ever read them, we discover the many gifts of revision.
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We discover how the self is revised along with our writing. Live the Questions What makes a good memoir is the search, not the resolution. Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. Letters to a Young Poet. If we are able to reside within our questions; if we allow our memories to speak their mysteries, then the great Mystery breathes life into our story. Email Address:.
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What Is Spiritual Memoir? Letters to a Young Poet If we are able to reside within our questions; if we allow our memories to speak their mysteries, then the great Mystery breathes life into our story.
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Deep within it, as we read, the sun shines and the constellations rove. It also suggests what it is about him that readers hold so dear. I rarely speak of it, and in my books I have tended to write about it for the most part only obliquely. In this extraordinarily moving and beautifully written memoir, Buechner reflects on life, faith, friendship, and family. The Eyes of the Heart is beautiful and wise, full of insight, charm, and tenderness.
It is the author's remarkable genius for the truth that gives his deceptively simple memoir the heart and soul of a great book.
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Borg "It's a splendid book, a genuinely spiritual memoir which avoids the lugubrious and the sentimental but invites the reader into a level most other memoirs do not. He demonstrates a capacity to cope with tragedy that will be immensely helpful to other people when faced with similar woundings. I will probably read it once a year, and I suspect many other Buechner lovers will do likewise. I recommend it to everyone.
It has the feel already of a classic. Buechner Themes. Listening to Your Life. Faith Despite Doubt. Hope Through Grace. Searching for Meaning. Our Shared Story.
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