Russell and Duenes

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson

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This is not a book review, but a book recommendation. A novel that wins the Pulitzer, as this one did, ought to be good. But this one is just out-and-out stunning. This book is particularly realistic for anyone who has ever engaged in pastoral ministry, whether vocationally or not. Written as a letter from an old pastor to his young son, this book is so full of common humanity and exultation in the simple miracle of our human “being,” that I couldn’t help but be constantly reminded of Chesterton and Lewis as I read. They always tried to get people to abandon themselves in wonderment at the “ordinary” things of life. Gilead accomplishes this and brings to life the beautiful connection between fathers and sons. I can’t recommend a novel more highly.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

January 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Posted in Duenes, Literature

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  1. Loved that book!

    Marti Smith

    January 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm


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