Choosing Love: A Reflection on The Giver

By Gary Schmidt for

The Giver, the Newbery Award-winning novel by Lois Lowry, is absolutely one of the most important books in the field of children's literature of the last fifty years. The original dystopic novel for young people (it turned twenty this year) The Giver raises still-timely, still-powerful questions that people of faith, young and old alike, must confront--everything from euthanasia to our culture's hiding of reality through euphemism ("drone strikes" as opposed to "assassination" or "murder," for example.)