Tuesday, February 09, 2010

"Gilead" a novel of grace and love

I just finished reading the novel Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. It is the story of an elderly Congregationalist pastor in Gilead, Iowa, who was widowed but late in life he married again and had a small son. He knows he will die soon, so he writes to his little boy his life story. It's about life in the midwestern United States in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

I can see why it won the Pulitzer Prize. Simple yet complex, humorous yet sad, scandalous yet full of God's grace. A story of true love. My favorite line: "Grace is not so poor a thing that it cannot present itself in any number of ways."

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