If you can clear the fog of fear and hesitation hovering over academic books, you might find an unexpected depth and richness between the pages.
One of the things that makes The Death of Ivan Ilych so riveting is that it takes us through the thoughts and feelings that surge through all of us when we have a physical ailment.
It is hard to beat this story for its truthfulness to life.
The Death of Ivan Ilych is a picture of the values by which many (and perhaps most) people live. It is a life without meaning.
You can be catholic without becoming Catholic, and orthodox without becoming Orthodox. Gospel-centeredness is as ancient as the gospel itself.
John Ames struggles to reconcile the true gravity of human sin with the free grace of God’s forgiveness.
With death approaching, the protagonist reminisces about the past, which he describes honestly and poignantly without lapsing into undue sentimentality.
One of Marilynne Robinson’s extraordinary accomplishments in Gilead is to establish, as a woman, a plausible narrative voice for a man and, as a layperson, a pastor.
Ames is an admirable man, whose ministry upholds many of the highest ideals of gospel ministry.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, is a richly textured exploration of family life and pastoral ministry in small town America.