During my recent trip I was able to read the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson.

I haven’t been reading a lot of fiction lately so I was looking forward to this book (I received it as a birthday gift from my mother-in-law.) It didn’t disappoint. The book was excellent. It’s rare to find quality fiction about Christians and with Christian themes that has both a sympathetic view of Christians and that is high quality writing.

I don’t really read much Christian fiction because what I have read just wasn’t that good. But this book isn’t the in your face, evangelistic, apocalyptic, spiritual warfare type “thriller” that lines the shelf of the local Christian bookstore.

It’s about an aging preacher, married late in life, and about to die, writing a series of letters to his young son who will grow up without him. It’s slow moving but compelling. Poignant and profoundly touching.

Highly recommended from the Reluctant Puritan


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