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14th Century Yorkshire: the time of Chaucer.
Father Peregrine is appointed Abbot of St Alcuin's Benedictine abbey. An arrogant, impatient man, a hawk trying hard to be a dove - his name in relgion is "Columba" - he is respected, but not loved. A sudden, shocking act of violence changes everything. As the story unfolds, this community of monks, serious about their calling but as flawed and human as we are, come to love their ascetic but now vulnerable leader.
They lived six centuries ago, yet their struggles are our own. Finding our niche; coping with failure; living with impossible people; and discovering that we are the impossible ones.
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)|
Series: Hawk and the Dove
CarolLebanon, PAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Penelope Wilcox's The Hawk and the DoveOctober 13, 2016CarolLebanon, PAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This story is verbally hand down to Melissa by
her mother as it has been passed down through
generations as part of their family history.
You will read about Melissas family in the
Present. You will read her mothers tales which
deal with the 14th century monks.
While the times and people have changed the
struggles faced back then by the brothers of St.
Alcuin seem to be mirrors the present.
You will meet father Peregrine, Brothers Cormac,
Brother Theodore, Brother Andrew and an array
of monks. You will see different personalities
but all have one objective to live, love and serve
I was really into learning the inside of the
monastery and their grounds. You will learn how
they lived and struggled with temptations yet
Were able to overcome their personal temptations
because of their love plus devotion to God.
Thank you to bookfun.org fro this book. My
opinion is my own.
loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Hawk and the DoveMarch 9, 2016loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Hawk and the Dove is the first book in the series of three. It is basically a series of short stories of the monks at a monastary during the 1300's. It is told by a mother to her young daughters.The stories each have a meaning to them. It is well worth the reading.
I recieved the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring and Encouraging!February 2, 2016eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I honestly dont know that I had any specific expectations going into this book. My interest was piqued by the description, and my curiosity about the monastic life led me to pick up the book in the first place, but I found myself quickly drawn in and fascinated by both the stories set at the monastery and those that take place within the family telling these stories.
Very rarely does life seem to go the exact way any of us expect it to, but we have to keep on marching forward and living this thing we call life. That is one of the biggest things I am taking away from this book. It doesnt matter if we live in a monastery or in the modern world, problems and challenges find us all. What does matter is how we face these things, and whether it makes us bitter or better. I find this to be a tremendous encouragement in my own life.
Another thing I enjoyed about this book is that it shows the power of words, both spoken to each other in the moment and those written for future generations. Empty words can be hurtful, even when they begin as simply thoughtless, while the honest and good point us on to something higher.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story. The sections are brief enough to squeeze into a busy day but they have enough meat to keep a reader thinking for a while, and it contains lots of grace-filled truth to both convict and encourage any believer in Christ.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
ksnapierLima, OHAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5InspirationalNovember 19, 2015ksnapierLima, OHAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the first in a set of historical fiction. This book centers around Father Peregrine. When he is sent to be Abbot of St. Alcuin's Benedictine abbey he is attempting to change his life from one of a brash man to "a dove." It takes violence for the other monks of the abbey to come to love this man.
My heart melted and felt transformed by the telling of this story.
I was given this book by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
CherNW OhioAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An unexpected breath of fresh airAugust 17, 2015CherNW OhioAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is #1 in the series called The Hawk & The Dove, as is this first book. I was a little leary of reading these books, didn't know if I'd like them or not. I can unequivocally say that I really, really like them. I love the way the stories (like parables) are woven into the story of a modern day family.
Melissa, a young girl of 15, loved to listen to her mother's stories. These were stories that had been passed down generations, grandmothers to granddaughters, etc. Each story had it's own message, they were all about the same monastary in the 1200's. Father Peregrine is the main character in these stories and the other brothers who resided with him there.
I felt the family and the stories that filled the book were well developed and very interesting. All the characters involved were well developed, the push and pulls were very strong.
I am looking forward to reading the 2nd book 'The Wounds of God's. I would recommend this book very highly
I received this book from Book Fun in exchange for my honest opinion.