ABOUT THE BOOK: (176 pages)
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 religion 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
My aim in writing is to make goodness attractive. I love simple human kindness and gentleness, and I am moved by human vulnerability. I am fascinated by the power that is within our grasp to lift one another up, to heal and strengthen and encourage each other - our power to bless. In the novels I write, I think of the reader sitting down to enjoy a book, the door of their imagination open wide to allow the story in to influence and shape their spirit. I accept the responsibility that confers as a great privilege, and it is my intention that when you put down any book of mine at the end of reading it, you will feel hopeful, peaceful and comforted, more ready to look on your fellow human beings with compassion and see their point of view. I live in the English town on Hastings, on East Sussex's south coast. I write a blog called Kindred of the Quiet Way. I would like to encourage you who are reading this to take the trouble to review on Amazon the books you read - as a reader I find customer reviews immensely helpful in making up my mind whether to purchase a book, and as a writer I find readers' reviews so valuable as feedback and food for thought.
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I so enjoyed this first book in the series and how it was presented. Melissa comes from a family of 5 girls, and is second eldest at 14. She has an insatiable appetite for sot ores of old time Monks because, Ï went to church every Sunday and listened to what they said about Jesus, and I believed it all, I really did; but was there anyone anywhere who cared about it enough to behave as if it were true? I felt disenchanted.¨ pg. 13
The stories she would hear would be from her mom, whom assured her they were true. These stories were passed down from her great-grandmother Melissa, and had been passed from grandmother to granddaughter for 700 years. The original from great-uncle Edward, a very wise old man, whom lived to be almost 100 years old. He had shared these stories with many a visitor, but the ones being told now are from his great niece yet another Melissa, whom began handing down these stories.
The setting for these stories, the Benedictine abbey of St. Alcuin where Edward was a monk. ¨He had been a wandering friar in the order of the blessed Francis of Assissi¨pg. 16. By age 60, it was time to settle down and he did so at the Abbey.
And thus begins the introduction to many interesting characters, monks, but not perfect. Father Columba whom turns out to be the nephew of Brother Edward, us just the beginning of some of the many interesting things happening within the walls of the Abbey. He was nothing like their old Abbot, and the brothers had a hard time with his unapproachability and found him intimidating. And then something unimaginable happens within the walls of the Abbey and many lives are changed.
Father Matthew is another monk, strict to the point of looking for the smallest misdemeanour and then making a mountain out of it.
Under his care as novice master were Brothers Francis, Thomas, Theodore, Cormac and Thaddeus. Brother Theodore was the one in trouble most of the time even though the Brothers Thomas and Francis were the jokesters, scrappers and participated in foolish conversations.
What will one hungry Brother do in the middle of the night that will provide life changing experiences for many?
As we meet the monks, so also we get to participate in the activities of the family, including the fun-filled morning of trying to get this family of 7 to church on time, only to deal with 3 little ones whom must be entertained and what happens when it goes on too long.
¨It is a curious thing how an hour in the swimming pool, or an hour in the theatre, is gone in five minutes, whereas an hour in church on Sunday morning seems to drag on for eternity. pg 62
Pick up this book today and be prepared for a fun read. You will laugh, you will cry, you will rejoice and you will be challenged. This is a wonderful read and I can not wait to begin reading the second book.
Thank you to book fun. org and Lion Fiction for the opportunity to read this delightful book in exchange for an honest review.
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The story begins in the first person narrative of teenaged Melissa as she describes her life with her parents and four sisters in their small two bedroom house in the year she turned 15. School is not Melissa’s favorite thing, in fact her favorite thing is listening to her Mother tell wonderful stories. And thus, between snatches of family life, are the wonderful stories told by Melissa’s mother. The stories had been handed down for seven hundred years mostly by the women in the family but many had originated from the telling of an ages ago great uncle Edward who was a Benedictine monk, Brother Edward, in the 14th century. The Hawk and the Dove are two names for the same man, Peregrine du Fayel, third son of a nobleman whose Benedictine name was Father Columba. Brother Edward’s stories, retold by Melissa’s mother, and then written down by Melissa as an adult are the bulk of the novel. They give a fascinating look at the lives of the men in the abbey in that time. They are stories of relationships, humility, pride, love, forgiveness. I like this quote from page 42, “In a way, all the tales are one tale, the tale of how God’s power is found in weakness. But that is the story of the whole of life, if you learn to read it right.” This book kept me reading late into the night and I can’t wait to delve into Book 2. I highly recommend this outstanding, life changing Christian fiction. I received a copy from the publisher by way of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
This 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
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