Marilyn Robinson, 2004
Robinson shows us Christianity writ large, an expansive but difficult faith, which calls upon us to put aside petty anger and accept a divine requirement to love our enemy—in this case John Ames's godson and namesake, the prodigal son of his dearest friend. Oh, but this is hard work, even for a man as devoted, loving and studied as Ames himself.
I've listed this book as a "Lighter Touch"—not because of its subject matter but because of its accessibility, particularly on a topic often found in the weighty realm of theology. With little plot and some overly drawn-out areas, Gilead is still a beautiful, intimate book about the power of love, human and divine. Read with a pencil and be prepared to make a note of passage after passage.
See our Reading Guide for Gilead.
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