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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060611758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060611750
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These powerful reflections on biblical themes by one of today's most popular religious writers point up the truth that the darkness of doubt is often necessary to provoke a hunger for God. The Hungering Dark towers as one of Frederick Buechner's best statements on contemporary belief challenged by doubt.

About the Author

Frederick Buechner, author of more than thirty works of fiction and nonfiction, is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent work is Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC s of Faith.


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By A Customer on 1 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful collection of sermons that both brightens and enlightens. Mr. Buechner has a manner of writing that brings joy and strengthens faith. In the still quiet of a room, read this book. It helps.
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Having discovered this man who writes so beautifully about the spiritual life, I cannot get enough of his books!
His approach is very different to the general run of Christian writers, and he is human through an through, his writing down to earth, and his theology very accessible to doubting and searching readers.
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HASH(0x9aaa0c3c) out of 5 stars Its about life.... 4 Aug. 2001
By Nawfal - Published on Amazon.com
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Like all of Buechner's books, I can't tell you what they are about. They are about life. Its ups and downs and sorrows and joys. Buechner writes prose like he is a poet. Sure, he's a Calvinist preacher, but he isn't as curt as C.S. Lewis can be, and he is certainly not going to cram Christianity down your throat. I bawled through Chapters 7 & 8, and read the whole book in one afternoon. I will be reading it again, for sure.
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HASH(0x9aaa0c90) out of 5 stars a book worth reading 1 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful collection of sermons that both brightens and enlightens. Mr. Buechner has a manner of writing that brings joy and strengthens faith. In the still quiet of a room, read this book. It helps.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a2db444) out of 5 stars A light in the dark. 26 April 2001
By tvtv3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Within all of us there is a longing, a hungering that we cannot fill on our own. Nevertheless, we all try to fill it: whether it is through people, money, things, work, education, fame. We end up living in a world of shadows and if we realize this, we wake up and find ourselves in the dark. What causes this hunger that leads us into the dark? The answer is simple enough: God. Yet, simplicity is complex. In this book full full of joy and hope, Beuchner examines this issue helping to enlighten the struggle we all face with the hungering dark.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aaa0f18) out of 5 stars Doubts prod us toward faith 20 Jan. 2014
By C. Towles - Published on Amazon.com
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Out of all the non-fiction books that I have, this is the one I've read more often than any other. None of the copies I've owned or given as gifts have had an introduction to explain what this book is. It is a collection of sermons that Buechner delivered in chapel services. They read more like essays and maybe one of the key pieces I took away from it was that instead of doubts being negative, doubts are what prod us on to genuine faith. I'd describe his writing style as a sort of poetic prose.
Buechner is quoted far more often that he's read because he has succinct poetic phrases that look at typical theological issues from a different perspective. I tend to like his non-fiction better than the fiction works. His biographical reflections are what he's really known for though I like the sermon books such as this one best. I read it while I was in college and it was a significantly different way of looking at faith. I read it seven times before I began to understand it. That's not because it's inaccessible. It's because his way of thinking about faith was so drastically different than the culture in which I was raised. I stuck with it because I knew that people who I admired really liked Buechner and I was determined to get a better understanding of what he was about. He's the only author to whom I wrote. It was just a small letter to let him know I liked this book and was reading Godric at the time. He was kind enough to hand write a letter back to me. I've met a few other folks who have gotten similar letters from him.
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HASH(0x9aa15474) out of 5 stars Making the glass lighter 14 April 2004
By BKWordNerd - Published on Amazon.com
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We all understand life by looking "through a glass, darkly." Buechner, poetically as usual, tackles some of the why, for why it's so hard and scary for us to really see the truths about God. Buechner divides the book into "The Search," our responsibility to seek God to fill our hungering dark, and "The Sought," God's ever-present desire to bring us to him.
Buechner is poignant and insightful. Each chapter is complete and yet leaves the reader hanging on for more. It's like the reading equivalent of savoring a piece of cheesecake.
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