Book of the Month, June 2022 – ‘To Boldly Go’ by Eric Delve

Hi, there. Maggie Shaw here, proud owner of Eregendal and author.

As a lifelong lover of reading, each month I choose one of my favourite books – and tell you all about it.

For June’s Book of the Month I have chosen To Boldly Go by Eric Delve (2013) with an Intro by Revd. Canon Jeffrey John. Revd. Eric Delve is a Church of England priest, evangelist, author and vicar of St Luke’s, Maidstone, Kent.

This book almost leapt into my hands from the second hand book shelves in Chapter and Verse, the Christian bookshop in Buxton earlier this year. The book’s title and placement told me it combined two of my livelong loves: Christianity and Star Trek. I dipped in and read in the preface page A Bit of History: ‘The Church still claims to proclaim the good news of Christ, the wisdom and dynamic of God. Yet so many of us live lives that are ‘dull’, without character, pale, and grey. How could the message of the living God in Christ produce people so bland, innocuous and irrelevant, so capable of being ignored, so – boring? There is only one answer – an absence of Jesus Christ from our Christianity.’ I was hooked.

Reading the book, I found my voluntary work and writing affirmed as positive sharings of Christ on the boundaries of spiritual realms. The book urged me to work more deeply on my faith foundation by making myself accountable to a spiritual mentor, to help me continue to grow and develop in faith through being challenged in my thought patterns and beliefs. The book portrays Christian evangelism as a quest easily as exciting as the fictional Star Trek TV series I loved as a child – loved because Nichelle Nichols’ character Nyota Uhura was a women who often took full part in the same adventures as the men.

Delve’s book encourages us as readers to draw on the strengths of the Holy Spirit, holy scriptures and prayer in our modern-day Christian adventures, always looking to our Captain, Jesus and to God, for our direction and our inspiration. As our culture collapses, the Church of England is responding by reducing the support to parishes and priests to pay for more spokespeople with woke agendas telling congregations what they should think. This leaves grass roots Christians like those in my church facing the Last Battle unsupported: besieged on all sides by economics, state, society, government and the established Church.

Finishing the book has left me feeling empowered to continue my work and witness through my voluntary work, my writing and my publishing, despite all the challenges I face. I would also like to discover more of the author’s works, and get to know the publishing company Echoes in Eternity which published this book.

So there we have it, June’s Book of the Month! Be sure to check back in July as I’ll be revealing another must read.

Take care,

Maggie x

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