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Publication Date: 2015
At the end of The Hawk and the Dove Father Peregrine is horribly injured in an attack originating from his previous life as a nobleman, before his calling to the monastic way. Now, badly crippled, he finds himself humbled to request assistance of his fellow monks in the simplest task. Nevertheless the old indomitable spirit burns brightly. When he is asked to contribute to a conference on justice he finds himself ranged against the formidable Prior William. The intrigues of monastic life can test the strongest: and Peregrine is no longer strong.
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loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Wounds of GodMarch 9, 2016loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Wounds of God is the second book in the series of three. It is basically a series of short stories of the monks at a monastary during the 1300's. Now the monks are a bit older.It is told by a mother to her daughters who are also a bit older. 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.
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Wounds of GodAugust 27, 2015Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Wounds of God is the second installment of The Hawk and the Dove series. I found that I liked this book a little than the first book. I look forward to book 3 of the series.
I received the book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
shanfromcanCanadaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome series read continues..you will not be disappointedAugust 12, 2015shanfromcanCanadaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The wounds of God is the second book in The Hawk&The Dove series. It is written in the same fashion as the first one, telling the stories of some of the different monks from St. Alcuin`s Abbey, where Uncle Edward worked in the infirmary and Melissa`s dad, Father Peregrine was the Abbot.
The story begins with Melissa, whom the stories were most recently shared with by her mom, learning of a fire in her friend Maggies`house, and of her dying.
Upon arrival at the hospital, she was not permitted to see Maggie, nor were her priest Father Michael or Sister Kathleen, a friend from the convent. Maggie had 70-80% burns to her body therefore they should not visit, too unpleasant, even for a nurse. Melissa and Father Michael agreed but when the Dr. went away, Sister Kathleen said, Should you not anoint her, Father? pg. 10
Arrangements are made, the three ventured to see her, not really knowing what horrors they would see. To Melissa, it was just Maggie.
The next day she returned, and sat holding her hand until she passed.
I have always been grateful for the clear-headed courage of that Irish nun, not discouraged by medical professionals or intimidated by unfamiliar territory and the instincts of fear and dread, remembering the human essentials. Maggie needed us; she needed us and she needed God, and in some strange way those needs were not separate but the same. pg. 11
Melissa shares stories not only of her days growing up as 2nd eldest daughter in a family of 5 girls, but some of the stories shared between herself and mom about the monks.
Father Peregrine: Wise Abbot whom often interceded on behalf of Brother Tom whom was often in trouble.
Brother Tom: a handful of a young man whom found life in the abbey to be quite a challenge, to the point of leaving and enjoying life including the company of a young woman before returning and seeking to be allowed back in. But before that happens there is an invitation from Prior Williams of St. Dunstan`s Priory for Father Peregrine to take part in a conference, sent late not leaving much time for him to get there. The debate is to be on God`s nature is it based on justice or on mercy.
Fathers Peregrine and Chad, as well as Brother Tom set off on the journey, and pressing themselves hard arrive to the surprise of their host on time.
Prior William has set them up in the upstairs and when questioned on it replies, I had thought, the prior purred, smiling faintly, that a man who could make such good time on horseback must be less disabled than I expected. pg. 27
Tom jumps in and asks if this was the case why was not the invite sent earlier, but receives no reply.
Throughout the conference and during the meals Prior Williams does everything he can to belittle Father Peregrine, but no one stands up for him. Tom can take it no longer and walks to the head of the table.
He stood glaring at him for a moment, then said in contempt, `Ah, you sicken me. I would rather be the cockroach that crawls on the floor in the house where my abbot is master than be the greatest of those who serve under you. pg. 40
Tom is placed in jail and will receive a flogging once Father Peregrine gives his permission.
Will Brother Tom receive one? You will have to pick up this book and read it for yourself.
You will also learn more of Father Peregrine`s character as you read of his interactions with some of the other brothers: Francis, Theodore, Comac, Andrew and Allen Howick, as well as those with Father Matthew and Pere Guillaume. He has a real handle on all that is going on and is wise in how he shares what others need to learn without causing hard feelings. God has given him both wisdom and grace.
This book is a great read full of interesting characters and situations. Pick it up for yourself and enjoy this delightful read full of a little bit of everything: adventure, humour, power, true brotherly love and then some. It will leave you wanting more. And thankfully there are many more to this series.
Thank you to book fun.org and Lion Fiction for the opportunity to read this wonderful series in exchange for an honest review.
BillieKayFalmouth, KYAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Book 2 of The Hawk & the Dove SeriesAugust 9, 2015BillieKayFalmouth, KYAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In the first chapter of The Wounds of God the author brings you up to date about the series so that you can read this volume as a standalone novel. However, I think you will enjoy the story much more if you have read Book 1, The Hawk and the Dove, first. As in Book 1 we learn a bit about the life of the present day Melissa in between the stories that her mother told her when she was a girl that were handed down through her family about the 14th century Yorkshire Monks. In this book we hear some of the wisdom of the aged, in both Fathers and Sisters in the present day Melissas church and the 14th century monks. We also learn more about the 14th century Melissa and her children. As for the title, dont use the phrase Gods Wounds as a by-word in the presence of those who have studied scriptures and are familiar with the suffering Christ and the most precious wounds he bore for us. These stories are deep and moving as we learn about the lifestyle and struggles of Father Peregrine and the monks under his leadership. I highly recommend this book. I received a copy from the publisher by way of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Contemporary and medieval stories give lessons on lifeMay 27, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The second book in this series continues with the same framework a contemporary setting prompting the telling of a story from medieval times.
The stories again have moral messages for contemporary readers. One tells of a debate called by an Augustinian Prior to determine whether God's justice or love is the greater attribute. We learn of an ulterior motive to the whole event. Another is about friendship. A friend is someone who helps you persevere. (48)
There are little lessons embedded in both the contemporary and midieval stories. For example, one of the daughters in the contemporary family must visit a doctor. In the waiting room, they see a doctor misunderstand a young girl. Our narrator catches the misunderstanding and gives her daughter a lesson. Understanding is something very different from knowledge. One must listen to the wisdom of life to gain that understanding. They can't teach you that at university, or medical school... (82)
This is another interesting book in the series. I found the stories from the monastery entertaining as well as instructive, each one yielding a lesson in life. One learns more about life in a medieval monastery too.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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