Author: Marilynne Robinson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748113509

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, a kind of last testament to his remarkable forebears. 'It is a book of such meditative calm, such spiritual intensity that is seems miraculous that her silence was only for 23 years; such measure of wisdom is the fruit of a lifetime. Robinson's prose, aligned with the sublime simplicity of the language of the bible, is nothing short of a benediction. You might not share its faith, but it is difficult not to be awed moved and ultimately humbled by the spiritual effulgence that lights up the novel from within' Neel Mukherjee, The Times 'Writing of this quality, with an authority as unforced as the perfect pitch in music, is rare and carries with it a sense almost of danger - that at any moment, it might all go wrong. In Gilead, however, nothing goes wrong' Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph

Balm in Gilead


Author: Lanford Wilson

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 9780822216278

Category: Drama

Page: 81

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THE STORY: The setting is an all-night coffee shop on New York's upper Broadway, where the riff-raff, the bums, the petty thieves, the lost, the desperate of the big city come together. The movement of the kaleidoscopic in effect, a surging mosaic

Gifts of Gilead


Author: Amy Lignitz Harken,Lee Hull Moses

Publisher: Chalice Press

ISBN: 9780827230279

Category: Religion

Page: 106

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The record of a life cannot be told in lists of names and dates. Stories are the way we tell our lives, say authors Amy Lignitz Harken and Lee Hull Moses. Through the story told by Marilynne Robinson in her novel Gilead (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004), Harken and Moses take readers on a journey to discover the gifts of their own life stories. They travel alongside the life of Robinson's character John Ames III to introduce readers to some of the great theologians and to reflect on the life humble ministers. They explore biblical concepts of stories, prayer, legacies, and blessings. In Gifts of Gilead, readers share John Ames III quest for answers, join him in prayer, and maybe even gain a little insight into humanity's relationship with God.

A Balm for Gilead

Meditations on Spirituality and the Healing Arts


Author: Daniel P. Sulmasy MD, PhD, OFM

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 9781589012738

Category: Medical

Page: 176

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Once rarely discussed in medical circles, the relationship between spirituality and health has become an important topic in health care. This change is evidenced in courses on religion and medicine taught in most medical schools, articles in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, and conferences being held all over the country. Yet, much of the discussion of the role of religion and spirituality in health care keeps the critical distance of only being about spirituality. A Balm for Gilead goes further, offering a work of spirituality. Sulmasy moves between the poetic and the speculative, addressing his subject in the tradition of great spiritual writers like Augustine and Bonaventure. He draws from philosophical and theological sources—specifically, Hebrew and Christian scripture—to illuminate how the art of healing is integrally tied to a sense of the divine and our ultimate interconnectedness. Health care professionals—and anyone else involved with the care of the sick and dying—will find this series of meditations both inspiring and instructive. Sulmasy addresses the spiritual malaise that physicians, nurses, and other health care workers experience in their professional lives, and explores how these Christian healers can be inspired to persevere in the care of the sick. Drawing on the parable of the prodigal son, for instance, Sulmasy illustrates how some physicians have put financial gain ahead of their patients, and how genuine spirituality might change their hearts. He examines both enigmatic topics such as the relationship between sinfulness, sickness, and suffering and the spirituality of more routine topics such as preventive medicine. In one especially stirring and poignant meditation, he reflects on the spirituality of dying in the light of Christian hope. A Balm for Gilead interweaves prayer and reflection, pointing the way to a twenty-first-century spirituality for health care professionals and their patients.

Balm in Gilead

A Theological Dialogue with Marilynne Robinson


Author: Timothy Larsen,Keith L. Johnson

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830872965

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Marilynne Robinson is one of the most eminent public intellectuals in America today, and her writing offers probing meditations on the Christian faith. Based on the 2018 Wheaton Theology Conference, this volume brings together the thoughts of leading theologians, historians, literary scholars, and church leaders who engaged in theological dialogue with Robinson's work—and with the author herself.

Three Days in Gilead


Author: Elmer U. Hoenshel

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1596055758

Category: Travel

Page: 88

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Gerasa! Beautiful, though in ruins. What glory must once have been thine! But where are the warriors who passed in triumph through thy gates? Where are the builders of thy temples?... Where are the people who thronged thy theaters and trod thy beautiful streets?... Gone! gone forever! Surely, how frail is man! How fleeting his glory! -from "Chapter IV: At Gerasa" Little is known today about Elmer U. Hoenshel. He tells us, in this brief, pleasant 1909 travelogue of the Holy Land, that he is a schoolteacher and an American. That he journeyed to the Middle East not to indulge in Biblical archaeology but merely to observe and experience. That he put down his lingering memories of his five-month trip in late 1900 and early 1901 for the benefit of his friends and family. Hoenshel's writing-enthusiastic, passionate, expressive; alive with images of "sacred associations" and the "strangely impressive Oriental sky"-is an all but anonymous letter from the past, a glimpse into times and places long gone.