Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

I checked this book out from the library after seeing that one of my favorite reviewers had recently read it. I know I am a little behind the times on this one, but I wanted to still record some of my thoughts.

Being a fan of order and structure, I was put off a little by the fact that there are no chapters in this book. It took just a while to get into the mood of the story. As a preacher’s kid myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the overall tone and heart of the book.

Gilead is basically a collection of journal entries by a father written to a son. There are stories and lessons and other various musings pieced together to form a surprisingly coherent whole. I read one of the stories about a horse stuck in a hole aloud to my wife, and it was well worth the effort. The unassuming tone that is present gives the feel that we are truly hearing the heart of the old father. This is not a book full of boring plot points and useless characters. It seems to get to the heart of what faith lives and breathes in the day to day. I hope to be adding this one to my bookshelves soon.

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