Retired priest sharing life
COLIN Steep couldn't think of a better way to spend his retirement than to put pen to paper.
The former Anglican priest plans to release his third book next year, when he will celebrate 60 years of ministry in the church.
His first book, The Legacy of Jimmy Caterpillar, published last year, recounts an incident in his childhood. It has sold more than 4000 copies.
A Bush Calling ? My Memories of Eighty Years ? was launched on Colin's 80th birthday in January and there are less than 100 copies remaining from the second print run.
Colin has an exceptionally good reason for detailing his experiences ? he has advanced prostate cancer.
"I wanted to leave behind some of my memories, so they become the collective memories of my family," he said.
In the first half of A Bush Calling, Colin gives an insight into what life was like on the Upper Hastings in the 1930s and 1940s.
"The central chapters of the book take the reader into my experiences of 14 years in the Church Army, a society of evangelists in the Anglican Church, and then my 45 years as a minister in the church on the North Coast.
"After serving in Wauchope, Copmanhurst and Ulmarra, my wife, Gladys, and I, and our five daughters, moved to Bowraville in 1970, and I served as rector at both Bowraville and Nambucca Heads."
Colin's next move was to Coffs Harbour in 1982 where he was a part of the St John's ministry team until his retirement in 1991.
He has continued to minister in a voluntary capacity in the Sawtell-Bonville Anglican parish, and as a chaplain to the Anglican residents of Toormina's Mater Christi Nursing Home.
He continues his work as a chaplain at the Hogbin Drive Crematorium.
Copies of A Bush Calling are $16 each and are available by contacting Colin on 6652 7148.