I found this companion novel to Gilead quite hard to read, very emotionally demanding. It’s beautifully written, and almost unbearably sad. But I found the central characters frustratingly reserved with one another and I don’t have much patience for people who seem to generate great offense from one slightly misplaced word.
I think I need to read this book a few times and make copious notes to do it justice. Keller states in his introduction that he isn’t setting out to say anything new about prayer (in fact he draws heavily on the writings of the sixteenth and seventeenth Reformers in particular) but aims to bring existing material to modern readers in a book that covers the theological, the devotional and the experiential aspects of prayer.
The main point of course is; just pray and trust that God will lead you to Him.
This was not the book I was expecting, it turned out to be much better than that.
If you would like to read a book that unpacks the philosopher Charles Taylor’s theories of what ails modern society (in brief; individualism, subjectivism and the double loss of freedom) within the context of your favourite dystopian TV shows, and finishes it off with an optimistic, Christian look forward, then this is the book for you.
But it’s not a light read. It helps if you’ve seen the shows referenced. I got a lot more from the chapters on Battlestar Galactica, House of Cards and The Hunger Games than I did from the sections covering Breaking Bad, Her and Scandal. And it also helped that I was on reasonably familiar ground with the philosophy.