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“There’s a great deal to be said for that old expression ‘walk a mile in the other person’s shoes’, don’t you think? I believe that people are born with a strong instinct for good. Of course, views of what ‘good’ looks like differ wildly. But I think it’s usually possible to find compassion for even the most misguided of individuals: that’s different from condoning harmful behavior. It’s just recognizing that the business of being human is complex, and it’s easy to get things wrong. Compassion and mercy allows society to heal itself when we do."
- M.L. Stedman
is reading The Light Between Oceans for January 17, 2013
“A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.”
-Swami Sivananda, Hindu spiritual teacher
Tom Sherbourne takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a remote and isolated island 100 miles off the coast of Australia after four years of fighting on the Western Front. Janus Rock is one square mile of green surrounded by greedy rocks that lie in wait to devour ships the weather has blown off course. The lighthouse stands proudly in the center of the island beaming a mantle of safety for ships for thirty miles.
April 27, 1926 is the fateful day when Tom and his young wife Isabel discover a boat that has gone aground with a dead man and a tiny screaming baby inside.
This heartbreaking novel illuminates the far-reaching effects of a decision made by two good people whose desperation causes them to make choices without fully considering the unintended consequences of their actions.
Can two people who love each other so much that they risk losing their moral compass, find their way back?
Simon Schuester Videos present The Light Between Oceans.