Discussion – Book Report/Review Example
Gabriels Prayer The chapter explores the aspect of prayer and faith. Gabriel is the main character who is praying loudly using the same means her mother had taught her to pray by, which entailed kneeling and calling unto the lord with a loud voice, and singing, praying for the lord to heal her mother. Florence, however, was praying for something different. She was praying that the "Lord help her unbelief" (Baldwin 48). Her faith in the lord was slowly decreasing and she did not know what to do about it. The chapter explores the concept of prayer, revealing that it does work for some, but for those without enough belief, it does not.
One of the key features about this chapter is that it explores religion from two different periods. One of the periods is the current times, in which Gabriel lives, whereas the other period was the olden days of the bible, where prayer healed the sick, gave sight to the blind and even raised the dead from the grave. The chapter is a form of proposition leading the reader to inquire if faith does actually work. It explores the concept of Jesus, but also reveals that Gabriel was losing faith in Him by the day, which shows a form of relativism from the author who chooses not to bash religious spirituality, but rather leaves the reader to decide his position on the matter.
The author has also indicated that Gabriel started losing her belief in God and lost most of her faith after the death of a loved one, despite the fact that she had knelt and prayed for a long time, as she had not done in years, yet God did not come to her rescue. Part II explores the concept of death and the belief that most people have about God ignoring their cry for help when they face death. However, the author maintains a neutral position throughout the chapter, which is considerably objective.
Baldwin, J. Go tell it on the mountain. Berlin: Knopf, 1953. Print.