March 20, 2003 was the first day of the war in Iraq. It also happened to be the same day that friends Molly and Rob interviewed Frederick Buechner, a writer whose work had profoundly touched their lives.

Mr. Buechner (pronounced BEEK-ner) is an ordained Presbyterian minister and the author of more than thirty books. He writes about life and God in a way that has transformed and inspired many people. People who have faith. People who doubt. People who find religion absurd. People who long to find meaning. People like Molly and Rob.

The distinct and unlikely paths that led them to be making a film about their favorite writer form the narrative channel through which Buechner is presented. The telling of Molly’s and Rob’s stories illustrates one of Buechner’s central themes: that God speaks to us through our personal lives—not in ways we might expect or imagine, but, if we pay attention, through a glimpse of life’s plot, an unlikely but consequential turn of events, an unexpected "lump in the throat." Buechner tells us who Christ really might be, weaving Buddhist truths with poignant observations and reflections of the years he has lived—and the life that may be to come.

In this intimate and absorbing hour-long film, Buechner’s unique and important insights into existence come into a new light.

 

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