You made me think with mentioning"Old Yeller." As a 10 year old first reading it, I think I had nightmares after first getting to the sad ending. However, growing older, it sort of typifies the book that communicates truth to the point that we learn to love what is at first repellant–“faithful are the wounds of a friend.”
Darwin seems to be that way for me. I’ve never read “Origin,” but after going from YEC to EC and reading @TedDavis’ reviews of his deep and perhaps, sometimes noble struggles–what we all go through when dealing with science–I learned a better enjoyment of the scientific journey itself. Inasmuch as reliable laws reflect God’s character, it even made me enjoy Him more to go through the struggle. So, “Origin” likely is another strong influence on me, though I’ve never read it.
I’m going to have to read the Gilead trilogy. I’ve never heard of it. Thanks.