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Inspired by Buechner

Friends,

I am positively giddy about being featured (albeit in a very small way) on Frederick Buechner’s website! A lot of what I do as a pastor and writer, including Take My Hand, inspired by Mr. Buechner. Here is the link his website: http://frederickbuechner.com/page-group/landing/blog/blog-InspiredBy-Andrew

Here are my words of tribute:

I have published a book called Take My Hand: A Theological Memoir about my first-year as a parish pastor; in a very real sense, Frederick Buechner has taken my hand! He once wrote, “Go where your best prayers take you.” I had embarked on my journey as a graduate student at the University of Virginia, determined to make a career in academia, when I began to think, almost inexplicably, about serving a church. I slowly became aware that my best prayers were calling me to a church in rural Appalachia. As Buechner famously wrote, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” My book is the product of such gladness and such hunger. It is not a how-to book, but one that raises questions about faith, life, and what the two have to do with one another. I learned this from Buechner who, in his beautiful memoir, exhorts each person to “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is.” In the future, I know that Buechner’s writing will continue to inspire my own; I am exceedingly grateful to be led by his words.

About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.

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