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In Child of Gilead, "The Boy" is encouraged by his mother to always follow the Road Less Traveled and avoid The Madness. Her rules are meant to "reveal a higher truth about what it takes to live a more meaningful and transcendent life.” On the Road Less Traveled, there is a home, a school, and several churches to worship at; there is peace and quiet. Nearby is The Madness, a dangerous place where you can find anything and everything you want. Child of Gilead by Douglas S. Reed is the story of a little boy who doesn’t always listen to his mama and the consequences he faces as a result. His story takes an interesting turn when an old man, who knew his grandfather, arrives with some dirty family secrets and some important life lessons.
Douglas S. Reed offers a thorough look into a child's inner turmoil and his perception of life. However, Child of Gilead is no children's book since the themes are for mature minds: Christianity, philosophy, single parenting, mental disorder, murder, loss, and war. The Bible quotes and the many short stories related in the form of parables result in a comprehensive and profound experience. There were several moments when I had to pause and think about the philosophical ideas and the different issues addressed in Child of Gilead. The mood of the story is mostly relaxed with a few fast-paced and action-filled moments. If you like books that make you ponder on some serious concepts like religion, family, war, problems with modern education, and life in general, I recommend you give Child of Gilead a try.