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Core Book: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

We invite you to read with our students, staff, and faculty the novel Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, as part of Wheaton College’s Core Book program.



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.

Why Gilead?

Book cover for Marilynn Robinson's book "Gilead"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


I Love the Prairie

September 16 & 17, 1-4pm
Morton Arboretum

Encounter the environmental context of our Core Book: Gilead and volunteer for prairie conservation work with Cindy Crosby, author of The Tallgrass Prairie.
Registration is required
Co-sponsored by Core Studies and Environmental Sciences

Heaven and Earth Exhibit

September 30 – November 22
Fireside Room in Beamer Student Center
Reading Gilead through the landscape of the Fox River featuring the paintings of Joel Sheesley

Chapel Address by Dr. Adam Wood

November 13, 10:40am
Edman Chapel

Willingness to See

January 18, 7pm
Barrows Auditorium

Film viewing of experimental filmmaker Terrance Malick’s Tree of Life with remarks from literary scholar Dr. Thomas Gardner (Virginia Tech University). Like Gilead, Tree of Life chronicles the tensions of nature and grace in ordinary family life within a small town.

Many Ways to Live a Good Life: A Conversation with Marilynne Robinson

April 4, 4-5pm
Barrows Auditorium
An informal conversation with novelist Marilynne Robinson and President Philip Ryken



Use this resource to guide your contemplation or discussion of Gilead.


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