A couple questions for those of you have done seminary or ministry training: Were you ever assigned any novels as part of your coursework? I’m re-reading Marilynne Robinson’s novel “Gilead” for a book club discussion tomorrow morning. “Gilead,” written as a letter from an aging, ailing Congregationalist to his very young son, is a profoundly beautiful book, and if anyone ever asked me to recommend a novel to include in seminary training, this would be it. The novels “Diary of a Country Priest” and Wendell Berry’s “Jayber Crow” (about Port William’s town barber) also come to mind. What about you? Which novels would you recommend for future pastors, ministers, practitioners, etc.?
Novels and the Education of a Pastor