The Core Book program fosters a shared experience across the campus community as we read, reflect upon, and discuss together a significant work that highlights themes of Wheaton's Christ at the Core general education curriculum.
You are invited to join with us in our common intellectual and spiritual experience as we choose to slow down, read, and reflect upon Robinson’s novel. Reading Gilead will be for many of us an act of contemplation as we slow to consider and savor the literary and theological themes of this award-winning novel. Throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, there will be various opportunities to engage with Gilead and its themes through events on campus.
Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead explores important themes such as living and dying well, what does it mean to live in community, and how we should engage our daily, ordinary lives with faith and appreciation for the beauty of it all. By reading Gilead and participating in the Core Book program, you will have the opportunity to enter into our community of learning and experience part of Christ at the Core.
President Philip Ryken on Gilead
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
- Thomas Gardner, “This Poor Gray Ember of Creation: Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead is a novel to savor,” Books & Culture
- Thomas Gardner, “Marilynne Robinson, Narrative Calvinist,” Christianity Today
- J.A. Gray, “Christ and Casserole,” First Things
- Barack Obama, “President Obama & Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation in Iowa,” The New York Review of Books
- John Piper, “I Loved This Novel”
Heaven and Earth Exhibit
Reading Gilead through the landscape of the Fox River Featuring the paintings of Joel Sheesley
September 30 – November 22
Fireside Room in Beamer Student Center
Use this resource to guide your contemplation or discussion of Gilead.