Everybody and Andrew Peterson’s brother is talking about the free audiobook this month from www.Christianaudio.com: Wendell Berry’s magnificent Hannah Coulter. I’ll add my voice to the chorus. This is an amazing book. I would download it for free if I hadn’t already paid $15 for it a while back. I love this book. So very much.
Christianaudio is offering many of Berry’s novels this month for a mere $5. It’s a good time to invest in a great depth of pleasure.
Russel Moore’s comments on it are worth reading in their entirety. But here’s a part of his exhortation, particularly aimed at Christians –often preachers– reluctant to read fiction, to read Hannah Coulter.
“I think fiction is good, necessary, and God-glorifying. I teach my theology students to read good fiction for the sake of their preaching, if for no other reason. Those without the imagination to read fiction usually lack the imagination to hear the rhythm and contours of Scripture, much less to peer into the mysteries of the human heart. I just think schlocky fiction does just the opposite of all of that. I also think human love is a more than worthy subject of writing, including Christian writing. I just think it should be done with authenticity and honesty, and should look at love, not the hormonal utopia our culture has taught us to long for. I can think of no better contemporary example of doing this well than Hannah Coulter.”