"Have you read Gilead yet?" a neighbor asked enthusiastically, approaching me in our city neighborhood. I told her I had just started Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. My friend, a physician from a Unitarian background, went on to describe why she loved the book. The aging protagonist, Reverend John Ames, resonated for her because of his wise counsel to his young son. My neighbor admitted that parenting can elicit mixed motives, and personal ego often plays too large a role. She admired how careful and deliberate Ames was in this important task.
Ann Henderson Hart is a freelance writer and editor, and a staff writer for Modern Reformation.
Issue: "Has God Failed?" Sept./Oct. 2006 Vol. 15 No. 5 Page number(s): 37-38
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