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