An idyllic life
“Life of a Scilly Sergeant” by Colin Taylor
Here’s a book which has been on my “to do” list for three months.
Fliss kindly presented it to me back in December.
I didn’t rush to read it as the cover seemed contrived, with more than a hint of clumsy “photo shop” about it.
Whilst it was busy collecting dust Roz sneaked into my room and started reading. A few days later she reported that it was quite enjoyable.
So I gave it a go.
What’s to like?
Colin used to live near us in Devon.
He worked out of Exeter nick.
His childhood summer holidays were spent at Looe.
He likes bird watching, particularly gannets and sheerwaters.
The day job takes him all around my favourite island paradise.
He has a sense of humour.
What made this book so special?
It’s about life in a tight knit community, something like the mainland Britain I grew up in during the swinging sixties.
Page after page I was thought about the simplicity of island life, and teaching from The Sermon on the Mount.
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5:23-24 NIV
Colin tells of the occasions when he’s had to arrest locals, or hand out parking tickets. By and large the community accepted they’d done wrong with no hard feelings.
As much as I love the thrust of The Lord’s teaching I find the world has “moved on” so much that finding a way to live it out has become incredibly complex.
Just how do we
“love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”
Matthew 5: 44
When our lives are so insular, and the only enemy may be the blooming so and so who cut you up on the M25?
Answers on a postcard please!
Book Rating – 9 out 10. Primarily because I “knew his turf”. People with no Scilly connection may only give it 7 out of 10!