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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

18 April 2012: Sylvia Roberts, Assistant Minister, St Peter's Church

Eeyore one allegorical inspiration at bookshop

A book which many of us probably own contains the story of one character who outdoes all the other characters in humility while managing at one dramatic moment to reveal his true identity in a Divine Uttering.

"A little consideration," he says, "a little thought for others, makes all the difference."

What an electrifying effect this produces on the reader!

The speaker is, of course, Eeyore, the lowly one, the despised, acquainted with grief.

As in many allegories, his name contains a secret clue to his true self. His name in Italian "IORE" (I am the King) reveals an identification of the lowly Ass with the King - a paradox which every reader will recognise a quintessentially Christian.

Why not spend a few moments in The Unity Bookshop in Petersfield, which will yield many other inspiring and intriguing books to get you thinking...?


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