Item description for The Book of Hours: Hardcover edition features newly revised content by T. Davis Bunn...
Overview Castle Priory is a crumbling Oxfordshire mansion, one Brian Blackstone's wife considered a place of extraordinary enchantment. As Brian begins to explore the mysteries of the old estate, he discovers a medieval secret which offers a key to renew his spirit and heal his broken heart. A Christmas tale of hope and the gift of faith.
Brian thought he had no future. Now he has the chance to start over...if he can solve the mysteries of the past found inside Castle Keep.
After his wife's death, Brian Blackstone's days and hours had become a meaningless blur. He finally wills himself to go to the English village of Knightsbridge to confront the inheritance he doesn't want to claim. His wife had insisted that Castle Keep was a place of enchantment, and urged him to hold on to the crumbling property. Impoverished and alone, Brian feels only the despair of trying to honor her dying wish.
Then a mysterious letter sends Brian on a search to find the secrets of the ancient estate. And the local doctor, Cecilia Lyons, soon becomes an ally in the fight to save Castle Keep before it can be auctioned off.
Before he comes to the end of his quest, Brian will unearth the crumbling English manor's secrets as well as find his own life in jeopardy. But it is Brian's internal quest that proves the most dificult as he desperately searches for renewal and healing.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.22" Width: 5.3" Height: 1.08" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595542361 ISBN13 9781595542366
Availability 0 units.
More About T. Davis Bunn
Davis Bunn is the author of numerous bestsellers, with sales totaling more than six million copies. The winner of three Christy Awards for excellence in fiction, he is a lecturer in creative writing and Writer in Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University. Davis and his wife, Isabella, divide their time between England and Florida. Visit his website at www.davisbunn.com.
T. Davis Bunn currently resides in Oxford. T. Davis Bunn was born in 1952.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Book of Hours: Hardcover edition features newly revised content?
Fabulous story, intriguing concept Jun 27, 2008
The story was good- a man comes to a small English village to claim his inheritance and encounters a mystery and puzzle.
The concept talked about in the book was really intriguing to me. In medieval times parishioners were asked to pray hourly, so that God would be brought into what they were doing. But many average people did not know how to tell time. So church bells would ring on the hour to remind people to pray, and some people carried a little book called the Book of Hours to read a short prayer while the bells were ringing. Then they would go back into what they were doing.
Because the whole point of life is not to make every day like church, where we sit and listen to a sermon and sing; the whole point is to bring God into your everyday life. Bring Him into your cleaning, your working, your playing. Bring Him into the fun parts and the drudgery. That's how we have a relationship with God.
"We Christians are simply beggars who happen to know where other beggars might find bread."- from The Book of Hours, p. 309
I love this quote. I am far from perfect. I am far from all-knowing or all-powerful. But I know where to find the knowledge and the power. It's in Jesus Christ.
So I'm thinking about getting a chime set on my phone, to ring a short phrase at the top of every hour. Maybe it will help me bring God into my life.
Big book in a little package Jun 4, 2008
Don't let the size fool you. This is one of Davis Bunn's finest pieces of work. I read too fast the first time, because I wanted to see what happens. There will be no hurry the next time, because savoring the beautiful writing will be a delight to all the senses, and deserves full attention.
Book of Hours Jan 21, 2008
Shortly before she died, Brian Blackstone's wife implored him to save her family home in Oxford, England. But when he arrives, Brian finds foreclosure on the house nearly complete because of the enormous death tax. An intriguing, suspense-filled novel that made it virtually impossible to put down. One of Bunn's best!
Well worth your time to read! No sooner had I begun this book, I realized I would ber rereading it.
Loved The Book of Hours Dec 12, 2006
I loved this book! I've been a Christian since I have been 15 years old; however, I have not really been into Christian fiction because I've found more enjoyment in Christian non-fiction and secular fiction. Also, from my past experience, it seems that Christian fiction has been too syrup-y sweet and too preachy. I absolutely adore this book. The story line is wonderful. It has romance, suspense, mystery, drama....all rolled in one. The book also touched me by how God works in our lives to put us on the path that He feels is best for us ...and all the while we can glorify Him by helping and being of service to others (those lovable and those unlovable also). I highly recommend this book. I also look forward to reading more of T. Davis Bunn's books and also other Christian fiction.
Always hope and always a future! Awesome! Dec 6, 2006
So this is somewhat conservative, wrapped up in a mystery, and even more, the setting is England? Hmm. Wasn't quite sure what I was getting myself into, but I couldn't get my nose out of it once I started! I always look forward to reading Bunn's work, so when the opportunity presented itself to borrow this from my DAD'S church library, I took it. If you happen to come across this, take the chance.
Brian Blackstone trudges reluctantly to his inheritance. The reluctance is because his beloved wife left it to him. Would this bring back painful memories? He soon realizes that he doesn't have too long to enjoy what is his, because it just might be up for auction. Then the good doctor, Cecilia Lyons decides to get involved, immediately disliking Brian upon meeting him. But there could also be a possible interest for him in her mind! But this isn't all about romance, so can that idea. Yet there is more to all this than meets the eye. And then the riddles begin to appear. Clues! What's going on? Could there possibly be something valuable about this, or is this just a cruel joke? I'm here to tell you that this is full of surprises, littered with treachery here and there, and it doesn't let up. It is great!
Bunn reminds us that with faith in something higher than ourselves, that there is always hope and a future. That's regardless of age or circumstances, or regardless of whoever YOU are for that matter! God has no limits. God, just like this amazing read, has great surprises, and they won't always come in the way we think they should appear. The surprises will exceed what we expect. That's exciting! Go through this with your favorite tea or coffee. Read it with an open mind. And an open heart!