Archives For Marilynne Robinson


With 2018 almost upon us, here are the 30 new books that we are most eager to read…

Due to the nature of publishers’ catalogs, this list mostly cover just the first half of the year.  We will do a similar list in June for the second half of the year.

[ Top Ten -Pt A ] [ Top Ten- Pt B ] [ Faith-in-Practice ]
[ Theology ] [ Fiction ] [ Gen. Nonfiction ]
[ Poetry / Young Readers ]

TOP TEN (Part A):

These titles are arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s last name…

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Marilynne Robinson

Sunday Nov. 26 is the birthday of Marilynne Robinson, the renowned novelist and essayist!

Marilynne Robinson’s next book, to be released in 2018, is What Are We Doing Here?: Essays

In anticipation of this essay collection, we offer the following list of ten of Robinson’s finest essays that can be read in full online!

You will find the title essay of this forthcoming collection
(which first appeared in The NY Review of Books) near the end of this list…

Top 10 Online Recordings
of Marilynne Robinson

Rachel Marie Stone’s Essay
in Appreciation of Robinson

Enjoy these essays!!!


Originally appeared in The New York Review of Books
and was published in The Givenness of Things: Essays

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Marilynne Robinson, Flannery O’Connor, Bonhoeffer, MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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Gilead: A Novel

Marilynne Robinson

*** $4.99***

Other books by Marilynne Robinson that are also on sale… 




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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)


The Givenness of Things: Essays

By Marilynne Robinson

Read two sample essays from this collection


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This week marked the launch of a book that we are very excited about…

… Marilynne Robinson’s latest book of essays!

Have you bought a copy yet?

The Givenness of Things: Essays
Marilynne Robinson

Hardback: FSG Books, 2015
Buy now: [ Amazon ]   [ Kindle ]


Since Saturday October 31 is Reformation Day, we thought it would be appropriate to share Robinson’s essay “Reformation” from this new book…
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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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Lila: A Novel

by Marilynne Robinson

Read the NY Times Review

Read an excerpt of this book here

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Marilynne Robinson

For many of our readers, the most anticipated book of 2014 is Marilynne Robinson’s new novel LILA, the third in her series set in Gilead, Iowa.

“This third of three novels set in the fictional plains town of Gilead, Iowa, is a masterpiece of prose in the service of the moral seriousness that distinguishes Robinson’s work . . . Lila is a superb creation.”  – Publishers Weekly

[ Top 10 Online Recordings of Marilynne Robinson ]

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You can now get a sneak peek of LILA! 
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Marilynne Robinson

This fall promises the release of LILA, a new novel by Marilynne Robinson,

which among many readers of the ERB, seems to be the most anticipated new release of the season.  As we all await its release, we are delighted to offer this Top 10 list of online recordings of Marilynne Robinson, which includes interviews, readings and lectures!

Don’t miss the video of her appearance with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, which ends in typical form with quite the zinger!!!

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Hope you enjoy these recordings!

#10 – Reading from GILEAD

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As a follow-up to yesterday’s list of the 25 best books from the first half of 2014, here are 25 Books to Watch for in the Second Half of 2014.


Fiction | General Non-Fiction | Poetry | Christian Theology/Praxis

Fiction Books:

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Top Ten Books Every Pastor Should Read
ERB Playlist #3
Compiled by Todd Edmondson

This is the third in an on-going series of “playlists,” in which we recommend books around a particular theme.

“Making a mixtape (or playlist) is the opposite of indifferent. It’s heartfelt, purposeful — often a subtle form of flirtation. … [The playlist] is a way of making yourself known, an interpersonal form of show business, of making news, of replicating sounds and words you find important. It’s like poetry, because poetry is what you can’t say in any other way.”
– David Dark, The Sacredness of Questioning Everything
(Our 2009 Book of the Year. Read our Review…)

*** A Recent essay by ERB editor Chris Smith on a theology of the playlist

[ Previous Playlist – #2 Best Agrarian Books ]

*** Watch for more ERB playlists in the coming weeks and months…

( With Christmas right around the corner,
these books would make great gifts for pastors in your church/family!)

This list is ordered alphabetically by title…


Top Ten Books for Pastors1. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope [ Buy now:  Amazon // Kindle – FREE! ] Writing in an era in which novelists could afford to be both earnest and clever, Trollope crafted, in his Chronicles of Barsetshire a brilliant, satirical portrait of English society in all its beautiful and frustrating complexity. But the character who will likely make the greatest impression on the lucky reader who picks up this second novel in the series for the first time will be Mr. Slope, the ambitious clergyman invariably described–by Trollope, by his contemporaries, and by readers in the decades hence–as oily. This chaplain, who is all too willing to enter into the ecclesiastical power struggles that provide one of the major storylines of the novel, is the kind of character that will be (lamentably) recognizable to any pastor, or to anyone who has spent much time in the church at all. As an added bonus, in the excellent film version of the series, Alan Rickman plays Mr. Slope, as only Alan Rickman could.


2. Darkness Visible by William Styron [ Buy now:  Amazon // Kindle ] In a completely different vein, this slim “memoir of madness” by the acclaimed novelist provides one of the most intense, revelatory depictions of what it feels like to wrestle with depression that I have ever read. It is not a pleasant read. It’s certainly not fun. But it draws readers into an experience that every pastor should seek to understand.


3. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson [ Buy now:  Amazon // Kindle ] In the interest of doing something unexpected, I really wanted to select a less obvious choice from Robinson here–Housekeeping is one of the finest novels of the twentieth century–but I simply can’t avoid this one, the theologically rich, elegantly crafted, Pulitzer-prize-winning novel about John Ames, an Iowa pastor in the final years of his life. Last year, at a book signing for Home, which functions as a companion piece to Gilead, I stood in line and wondered what I was going to say to this author whose novels just completely floor me each time I read them. When I got my chance, all that came out was “Thank you for making the life of a pastor seem beautiful.” That’s really all I can say about this work.

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