Source: (1998) In Reading with Deeper Eyes: The Love of Literature and the Life of Faith, 54-62. Nashville, TN: Upper Room Books.

In this book, William Willimon reflects on issues of faith through interactions with works of literature. Here, Willimon looks at Mr. Ives’ Christmas by Oscar Hijuelos. The novel deals with a man’s memories of Christmas and his wrestling with faith in God. In particular, the novel concerns themes of suffering, vengeance, forgiveness, trust in God, redemption, and spiritual disciplines in the wake of the murder of one of Mr. Ives’ close friends at Christmas time, when both were older teenagers. Through consideration of the novel, Willimon also explores these themes and applies them to our lives.