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The Alphabet of Grace

The Alphabet of Grace

(1970)
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Frederick Buechner's The Alphabet of Grace is a small but lyrical volume of essays, which moves through a single day in three chapters. It is no particular day, and yet, as Buechner suggests, each day of life is an invitation to be truly alive. "Live a day of it and see," he writes. "Nobody claims that it will be entirely painless, but no matter. It is your birthday, and there are many presents to open. The world is to open."

This gets us very close to the sweet centre of this little book--and of Buechner's work more generally. He makes no claims for himself as special: "most of the times I am indistinguishable from the rest of the herd that jostles and snuffles at the great trough of life." But he also knows how to listen, how to pay attention to the small moments of life where grace in fact breaks through. Two apple branches clack together: this becomes the metaphor for the "clack-clack" of his life, which is also the sign of "the occasional, obscure glimmering through of grace". Sometimes, this book reminds us, God comes not in the whirlwind but in the still small voice of our ordinary moments. --Doug Thorpe

 
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Hardback Editions

May 1985 : USA Hardback
Title: The Alphabet of Grace
Author(s): Buechner Frederick
ISBN: 0-06-061173-1 / 978-0-06-061173-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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Paperback Editions

March 1989 : USA Paperback
Title: The Alphabet of Grace
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-06-061179-0 / 978-0-06-061179-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperOne
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September 1986 : UK Paperback
Title: The Alphabet of Grace (Linford Inspirational Library)
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-7089-6261-0 / 978-0-7089-6261-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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February 1985 : USA Paperback
Title: The Alphabet of Grace
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-8027-2480-9 / 978-0-8027-2480-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker and Co.
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1977 : USA Paperback
Title: The Alphabet of Grace
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-8164-2163-3 / 978-0-8164-2163-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Seabury
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Kindle Editions

March 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Alphabet of Grace
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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