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Prodigal Grace for a Dying Pastor

John Ames struggles to reconcile the true gravity of human sin with the free grace of God’s forgiveness.

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Dying with a Quiet Heart

With death approaching, the protagonist reminisces about the past, which he describes honestly and poignantly without lapsing into undue sentimentality.

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The Challenges Every Pastor Faces

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.

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Positive Portrayal of the Pastorate

Ames is an admirable man, whose ministry upholds many of the highest ideals of gospel ministry.

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Getting the Gist of Gilead

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, is a richly textured exploration of family life and pastoral ministry in small town America.

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Gilead: A Novel View of Pastoral Ministry

Marilynne Robinson’s multi-dimensional portrait of this honorable minister enables us to see him as he is.

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