Category Archives: Classics
The end of March marked the sixty-fifth anniversary of C.S. Lewis completing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia series.
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.
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.
Hawthorne and his ilk may have lost their way in the woods, but the old paths are still good, and still lead to eternal rest.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, is a richly textured exploration of family life and pastoral ministry in small town America.