Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller (published in 2003) is a nonfiction account of personal thoughts primarily focused on God and Jesus. The subtitle for this book is "Non-religious thoughts on Christian Spirituality."
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (published in 1989) is a fictional book told in the first person voice of an English Butler in his final days of life reflecting on his and his fathers years of service to Lord Darlington. Ishiguro won the booker prize for this novel.
Gilead is a beautiful gem of the book. It's as two of my favorite contemporary books Blue Like Jazz and The Remains of the Day combine with it's own emergent properties to create this rich lush book called Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.
Gilead is told as a letter written by a old minister (who's father and grandfather were also ministers). The book is his letter to his young 6 year old son.
The book is highly reflective in a manner similar to the remains of the day. It is particularly similar because both Reverend John Ames (Gilead) and Stevens (Remains of the Day) both lived their lives in a way of service in a way that was a family tradition.
Yet, Gilead is also similar to Blue Like Jazz in a way that the character Reverend John Ames (Gilead) is unpacking his past experiences and thoughts as they relate to his understanding of God, just as Donald Miller does in Blue Like Jazz. Ames does not write his letter in a preachy way, but rather in a way that admits his own failings and his own lack of understanding, just as Miller does.
Gilead, the 2005 Pulitzer winning novel, is a beautiful gem of a book and one of the richest, most interesting, and touching books I have ever read. I highly recommend this book (as well as the other two books mentioned above).
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