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A Day and a Life #9, in The Hawk and the Dove series, by Penelope Wilcock
Set in Chaucer’s 14th Century Yorkshire at Saint Alcuins monastery portraying a single day in the life of monks and the realities of being human in this vocation. Monks deal with hopes, fears challenges and temptations. In this conclusion of the series, life at the monastery is impacted, when brother Cedd disappears.
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)|
Series: Hawk and the Dove
The Breath of Peace: The Hawk and the Dove Series #7Penelope WilcockLion Fiction / 2016 / Trade Paperback$8.49 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Poignant and simply beautifulOctober 23, 2016Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0How fitting that the nine-volume Hawk & the Dove series, spanning many years of life in a 15th century Yorkshire monastery, should end with a novel detailing one days activity, a day that begins with the disappearance of Brother Cedd. These stories by Penelope Wilcock are like nothing Ive read before, beautifully written and touching in their simplicity and, contrary to what one might expect, extremely relevant for us today.
A Day and a Life helped me understand the monastic life, for all that is promised at St. Alcuins is Christ and the community. He must own nothing, demand nothing, set aside his personal preferences, be content with what he is given. That speaks to me as I reflect on how God owns everything and all that Ive been given is to be held loosely, used to benefit others.
A Day and a Life is about community and how the struggles of one affect all. It gently explores what it truly means to bear one anothers burdens. Brother Cedds feelings of inadequacy and doubts about his calling become my own insecurities and questioning. Community is human frailty in all its ordinariness stitched together with love.
Most of all, A Day and a Life points me to Christ with its message that life is more than about self or even community. William advises Brother Cedd: The point of any life is to encounter Jesus Christ, to walk with him as a friend, to open your heart up for him to dwell in.
I love the way this gently-paced, poignant series reminds me over and over of how faith can be applied in daily life, always pointing to Jesus, the Lover of my Soul. These are stories that will be read again. I share in these closing by the author
Now the abbey is wrapped in peace, withdrawn into Great Silence.
Good night. Go well. God be with you. Joy is there in the journeying. Keep the faith.
I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5STEP INTO THE LIFE OF A MEDIEVAL MONASTERY!October 19, 2016MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2Monks always seem so perfect and devoted to their beliefs and practices. As if they were naturally born to step into the role. Ms. Wilcock delves deeply into the emotions and experiences of 2 young men that believe they have received this calling. As they become more and more a part of the daily life of the monastery they feel they do not measure up to the older more experienced brothers. They begin to be overcome with uncertainties and misgivings about their ability to truly serve in this capacity.
As they observe and learn they see that all the brothers have faults and weaknesses and many of passed through the same doubts and troubles. The author shows that people are people with their own personalities and character flaws not matter who they are or what they do.
The descriptiveness and detail of the daily live in St.Alcuins is fascinating. No detail goes unnoticed. What I felt made it even more interesting was the setting of the story in the 15th century.
I did feel at times there was so much description that the story line was lost and bogged down. These sections were too wordy which made me have to push on to the next par.
A very interesting book.
I received this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent ending to the seriesOctober 17, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Brother Cedd has gone missing. He is a novitiate; therefore, he has not taken his final vows to become a monk. One morning it is discovered that he has left without leaving word of where he is going or when or if he will return. Brother Clement is devastated as his eyesight is failing and he has come to depend on Brother Cedd to eventually take over his position in the scriptorium. Brother Theodore is worried that he has lost a novitiate from monastic life and that Brother Cedd has returned to the world. Abbot John is concerned as well that he has lost one of his sheep so to speak. Brother Thomas is sent by Abbot John to William de Bulmers home with supplies to help see him and his wife through the upcoming winter. When Thomas arrives, he is surprised at what he finds.
Brother Cedd has been struggling with feeling insignificant and that he has nothing worthwhile to contribute to the monastic community. He has wanted to be a monk his whole life, but now that he has experienced that life with other monks and seen that each of them have a job and contribute to the fellowship and life of their small community; he wonders what he can give. He has no special skills; he doesnt have wit; he isnt particularly smart. Has he truly been called to be a monk? God places people in Brother Cedds path to guide him, but He leaves it up to Brother Cedd to choose the direction.
As I began reading this final book in this wonderful series, it was with fondness and sadness. Fondness in revisiting with old friends I have come to know over the life of the series in each book and sadness that this will be the last visit to St. Alcuins. This book focuses on one day in the life of the monastery and one life as lived by the inhabitants of St. Alcuins. The series contains truth for the spiritual life as well as for the life here on earth, even though it is a work of fiction. Our main source of truth should always be the Bible, but this series depicts human frailties and struggles in how to deal with living in a community, being individuals as well as united, the idiosyncrasies of people, their bad habits, their opinions, their mercy, their grace and compassion, their love for one another and living a Christ-like life. I have treasured each book in the series and recommend them to all to keep for generations.