Bruce Duncan.

4 May 2021.

I am very pleased to commend a new book by Anne Doyle, A Song Worth Singing: Our Melbourne Days.

Anne has been a strong supporter of Social Policy Connections, helping edit numerous articles for our newsletters, and splendidly editing significant book publications of our Yarra Institute for Religion & Social Policy, including:

  • Social Justice & the Churches: Challenges & Responsibilities, edited by John D’Arcy May (2014).
  • Working with Disaster: Clergy & Bushfires, by Lisa Jacobson (2015).
  • The memoir of Bishop Hilton Deakin, Bonded through Tragedy, United in Hope: The Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for Independence (2017), written by Therese Wolfe and Jim Dorsa.
  • The reminiscences of Fr Kevin Mogg, An Enabling Life by Anne Toohey, in 2018.

Anne has made an enormous honorary contribution to our work at Social Policy Connections over a long period. Like the work of most editors, her work has been hidden from public view, but is evident in the excellent standard of everything published by SPC.

A Song Worth Singing gives an uplifting account of a woman tentatively stepping out of her comfort zone into new situations and embracing new challenges. With an outgoing personality, Anne Doyle writes with keen appreciation of the uniqueness of people in varied circumstances, and with a surprising ability to connect with them. Her interest in others is clearly very rewarding for her, though perhaps difficult at times. Her selections of poetry are insightful and beautiful, taking the reader to another level of reflection, as well as to appreciation of the mystery of our own lives.

The memoir is striking for its empathy for and appreciation of the value of people’s lives, even when involved with struggling children at school, aging and dying people, or very disadvantaged people in India, Africa, and elsewhere.

Others might be depressed at the harsh realities of many lives, but Doyle is struck by the resilience, courage, and decency of the people she has met, as she finds herself invited into their inner world, sharing something of their pilgrimage. It is a journey shared closely with her husband, Geoff. In Melbourne, she helped teach asylum seekers and refugees, and volunteered in community outreach.

Readers would find Doyle’s thoughts and feelings enlightening, as she reflects on her unfolding journey. A Song Worth Singing invites us to reflect closely on our own inner world and life journey.

Copies of Anne’s book can be purchased as follows :

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