Gilead is a wonderful rambling letter, of a father, John Ames to his child. Ames is a pastor who is near his death and would like to tell his child of his life and his fore-bearers. John Ames is in a long line of preachers, his father is a minister in Iowa, his grandfather was a preacher in Maine who receives a vision of Christ chained in Kansas, so he heeds the call and goes to fight on the side of the Abolitionists to keep Kansas a free state. He talks about his friendship with John Ames Boughton and John’s wayward son. The book is as fresh as the morning . It is highly recommended for all readers.