Part 2 in the Series “Faith and Fiction”
Usually I favor pre-20th century selections from literature, given my own tastes and area of scholarship. However, I thought I’d begin this time with a “recent” favourite, Marilynne Robinson’s novel Gilead (Harper, 2004), which also happens to be a Pulitzer Prize winner, and deservedly so, in my humble opinion.
I wanted to share a particular excerpt from Robinson’s beautiful novel for several reasons. First, it spoke to me at a time in my life when exactly this situation had just enfolded right in front of me. Every word Robinson writes below out of the mouth of her main character, the Reverend John Ames, struck me with both immediate and eternal relevance. I love how the Word speaks to us through other words, particularly those of authors living or dead.