Jun 19, 2012

Review: Gilead

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished the paperback of this wonderfully heart touching novel that served as words passed from a dying man to his 7 year old son to be read when his son is older. The father, a reverend, used this text as his way of passing along his words and life lessons to his son that he otherwise would not be able to pass on due to his death. I read a few pages of this book in a library and my heart was immediately captured. The true love and longing to pass wisdom from father to son pours from these pages. He came from a family of reverends and tells his son history and stories of his father and grandfather that he would otherwise never know, as is so often the situation for a child who loses a parent at a young age. The book is not a "religious" book, but a book of live, feelings, family stories, a few family secrets, personal fears and apologies and advice for when he will not be there for his son. If only everyone who loses a parent when still a child had a book of family history & their deceast parent's expressed love and devotion to hold on to once the parent passes. This was truly a beautiful book that I would recommend to anyone with a heart!

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