The Roscoe Library at St Francis Theological College, Milton has a small, but growing, collection of books that we’ve tagged Reading with Spiritual Eyes (see the list here). Our dream is to promote a Diocesan-wide book club, where small groups gather together in workplaces, parishes or homes across the Anglican Church Southern Queensland to discuss a common book, usually a novel. Alison Sampson captures why we believe this has value: “A well-crafted story takes you into the mind of another; it gives you a different perspective; it holds up a mirror to yourself; it reveals the society we live in; it invites the reader to find compassion, or possibility, or hope.” More about the book club later in the year!
One of our books is Anthony Doerr’s All the Light You Cannot See. “For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth. In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.”