Gilead // Marilynne Robinson.

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Written as a memoir for his beautiful, ordinary, unnamed, seven year old son, to teach the things he would have love to teach as they grow old together, Reverend John Ames, the son of Reverend John Ames and Martha Turner Ames, grandson of Reverend John Ames and Margaret Todd Ames, pens his life as a warning and an encouragement. Vulnerable yet sublime, John Ames, 76, reminisces battles old memories and wounds: there is something beautiful about regret and bitterness mingling with joy and love, that is an objective truth but also a subjective discovery. Courage, not mystical enlightenment, is the foundational ingredient to this discovery: “I think there must also be a prevenient courage that allows us to be brave–that is, to acknowledge that there is more beauty than our eyes can bear, that precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm” (246).

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