Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I don't have internet at home but I do have a new Frederick Buechner book!

My internet's out at home. Hopefully it will be online soon. So I have to do any blogging at work before I start work and that of course is not as much fun. You don't really realize how amazing it is to have internet at home until it goes out.

This morning I woke up at 5 a.m. and got my butt to a 5:15 a.m. group ride class at my gym. After nearly falling off my stationary bike I got myself back home and then in and out of the shower.

And then I read in this new book I got from my friend Nic. It's daily readings of Frederick Buechner (wikipiedia). I am liking it a lot. He writes in a way that is different than everything I've heard on a topic. Especially about religion. Plus it takes only about three minutes to read because the book has taken his key works and put them into a collection of daily readings. How convenient! It's like doing daily devotions (if you know what those are) but not really because his writing is more spacious and holds a wider expanse of my thoughts than the typical christian devotional.

If you want to read more about him here's an interesting read from PBS Religion and Ethics News Weekly

I'll leave you with a couple Buechner quotes, these are actually from online not from the book I'm reading but...
"If it seems a childish thing to do, do it in remembrance that you are a child."

“Pay mind to your own life, your own health, and wholeness. A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death.”

“Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage.”

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”


Anonymous said...

I like Buechner. I'm also a quote hound. So this is a great post, in my book. :) -MVL

Random Reflections said...

Great quotes.

I hope your internet connection is back up soon!