Maggie Shaw’s Book of the Month | April 2022

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 April’s Book of the Month I have chosen A Wing and A Prayer – A Message of Faith and Hope by Katharine Jefferts Schori (2007). The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori was the 26th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church in the United States from 2006 to 2015, after serving as Bishop of Nevada from 2001, a scattered diocese where her ability to fly a plane was put to good use. Prior to her ordination in 1995, Jefferts Schori worked as an oceanographer, her first career ending when Government funding for such research ceased.

A Wing and A Prayer is a collection of Jefferts Schori’s sermons, divided into eight sections covering different aspects of her vision of living the Christian message in our lives. The opening section, Body Building – Nurturing the Body of Christ, was particularly inspiring, leading the reader on into the rest of her vision, with sections on peace for ourselves and around the world, the fight for justice, finding God in our differences, opening up ourselves to the vision of God, living a personal faith with abandon, and finding our personal mission and ministry.

The basic structure of the book, a collection of sermons, reminded me of the worthy tomes of sermons so popular in the Victorian era. There the similarity ended. Each sermon was only two to four pages long, well structured and to the point. The Biblical texts inspiring the sermons were not quoted for reference but were clearly alluded to, and used to draw modern parallels to inspire and encourage Christians in daily life.

I found the sermons inspiring and also reassuring. They helped me see what I was already achieving in my small part of growing God’s kingdom on earth. They also urged me to rely far more on God’s divine abundance, and to listen less to my own restrictive doubts and fears. In an era where most of us are drowned in criticism and put downs, this was a refreshing plunge bath of encouragement, provided in bite-sized pieces.

This is very much a book of encouragement for practising Christians who seek a closer and more active walk with God, based on the teachings of Jesus and powered by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

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

Take care,

Maggie x

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