Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Peculiar Treasures by Frederick Buechner. Katherine A. Buechner Illustrator. In this second book of his popular lexical trilogy, Frederick Buechner profiles more than of the Bible's most holy and profane people -- and one whale. In his lively and witty prose, Buechner brings to life such moments from scripture as: Adam's pangs of regret for a remembered Eden Delilah's last glimpse of Samson as they dragged him away Lazarus's first impressions upon In this second book of his popular lexical trilogy, Frederick Buechner profiles more than of the Bible's most holy and profane people -- and one whale.
In his lively and witty prose, Buechner brings to life such moments from scripture as: Adam's pangs of regret for a remembered Eden Delilah's last glimpse of Samson as they dragged him away Lazarus's first impressions upon rising from the dead To read Peculiar Treasures is to realize that many of these legendary figures are not who we thought they were. But they are -- in their human dreams,ambitions, and imperfections -- very much like us. Get A Copy.
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To ask other readers questions about Peculiar Treasures , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 03, Derek Emerson rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: everyone. Shelves: books-read , books-read , christian. Nobody claims there's a chuckle on every page, but laughter's what the whole Bible is really about. As a Catholic living in a Reformed Church of America community, I'm fully aware of the sinfulness of all of us. I was raised in a Protestant church Methodist which was light on sin, but far too serious for a growing boy.
As a Catholic I found joy in the Mass, but cannot deny it was Nobody claims there's a chuckle on every page, but laughter's what the whole Bible is really about. As a Catholic I found joy in the Mass, but cannot deny it was the seriousness of theology which attracted me to the Church. But seriously, we Christians need a good laugh now and then with an emphasis on the now. Frederick Buechner offers us that option without the guilt of slipping from the faith. Buechner is a Union Theological trained minister who studied theology after becoming a novelist.
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Peculiar Treasures shows a writer as comfortable with the ugly stories in the Bible as he is with the humor. This is a laugh-out-loud book which can make you reexamine your own faith at the same time. Buechner takes on subjects big and small, and finds something worth celebrating everywhere. And he writes in a vernacular which pulls in the present as a way to explain the past.
In discussing the prophet Elisha he chooses a story in which the prophet stops to get rest "when a boy scout troop broke ranks and surrounded him. They threw bottle caps at him and they made rude gestures He made a few passes at them, muttered a few words, and within seconds a couple of she-bears lumbered out from the trees It may be that as novelist Buechner recognizes that there is more truth in the narrative than in fact.
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Biblical literalists are too focused on the "word," as opposed to John's "Word. O'Brien knows that a factual retelling of his time in Vietnam would simply be masquerading as the the truth. The truth is in the narrative, the story that reaches into us, grabs us, and forces us to look it in the face. Why else would Jesus tell stories?
He knows that stories are what connect us and have a way of communicating the truth which is larger than the sum of the words. Buechner uses this as a way to imagine what some of the Biblical folks are thinking which may not be "factual," but are likely closer to the truth. His discussions both of Mary, mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene are touching in his focus.
For Mary it is on how her son called her "woman" and seemed to have no time for her, until dying on the cross he gives another disciple to be her son -- the son she never had. Mary Magdalene is, of course, the person Jesus chooses to first appear to after rising on Easter morning. When she goes back to the disciples who never really knew what to make of her, she tells them "I have seen the Lord" and Buechner says "whatever dark doubts they might have had on the subject earlier, one look at her face was enough to melt them all away like morning mist.
He tells the story of how Sarah and Abraham laugh when the angel tells the old couple that Sarah is going to have a baby. Sarah laughs so hard she has to go in the tent so as to not insult the angel. But Buechner says they are not laughing at the message the angel carries. View 1 comment.
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Aug 11, Luke Koskinen rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this book and I enjoy Buechner! Jun 26, Keith Uffman rated it it was amazing Shelves: webster-quizzicals. If you do not have time to read the book, come anyway. The discussion is what makes a book club work anyway. We will have prepared a sheet with some thoughtful quotes that ought to trigger conversation.
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Especially with her boyfriend, Rick. Katie turns to the women in her life for solace.
In the safety of their love and encouragement she finally allows herself to spill her heart about her relationship with Rick. But even their advice can't postpone the decision Katie must face, a decision that will define who she is and the woman she's becoming. The first book in the Katie Weldon Series, Peculiar Treasures follows Katie as she struggles to believe that God can love her, faults and all.
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