Tag Archive | Marilynne Robinson

Prevenient Courage

Sometimes, when I walk the neighborhoods of my town, I imagine Silverton as it will look after the full reconciliation of all things. I see the people, places, and non-human creatures of my community finally, fully themselves. It’s not a very specific vision of flourishing but it is a great source of hope and inspiration […]

A Christian Writer’s Confession

A Christian Writer’s Confession: There is always, just below the surface, and I mean just below the surface, this mad desire to serve only the art, to wreck myself against the limits of my own talent, to stay far enough away from self-immolation that I don’t burn the people around me, but close enough that […]

Novels and the Education of a Pastor

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 […]

On the Origins of Books

Sometimes when I’m reading a good book, I come to a particular sentence or phrase that seems to have around it an aura of origin-ality. I can’t help but wonder if this line might have sparked the creative fire that ended up as the book in my hands. I’m struggling this morning to come up […]

Something Worth Having

Keizer, OR :: Marilynne Robinson is the author of “Housekeeping”, “Gilead”, “Home”, and a book of essays, “The Death of Adam.” She is one of my favorite writers, and I remember “Housekeeping”, especially, as a work of severe beauty. In an August 31, 2009 interview for Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Bob Abernethy asked Robinson, who […]


This passage from “Acedia & Me” reminds me of blogs, talk radio, and the faddishness of social justice in certain pockets of American Christianity. Though we may think ourselves far too liberated to be considered prigs, the writer Marilynne Robinson insists that this is exactly what we have become. She points out that the polarized […]