BOOK REVIEWS

The Remarkable Ordinary – Frederick Buechner (2017)

bbFrederick Buechner, The Remarkable Ordinary Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017, 121 pp. $11.59

Frederick Buechner is a popular author whose writing style gravitates with many people. He has an ability to be witty and irenic and as a result, he draws readers in from a variety of theological persuasions.

The Remarkable Ordinary is a series of unpublished articles that address faith, doubt, anxiety, and meaning. There is an existential tone that sweeps through the book which compels readers to listen and learn.

Buechner writes transparently about some of the painful events of his life and invites readers to join him in his march of authenticity. This transparent side of Buechner is refreshing and is a rarity among contemporary writers.

Despite some of these positive takeaways, The Remarkable Ordinary lacks the gospel punch that people need. The author nibbles around the edges of faith, hope, and meaning but fails to invite his readers into the most meaningful relationship in the universe – a relationship with God through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

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