Item description for The Hawk and the Dove Trilogy by Penelope Wilcock...
Overview Rich with imagery and emotion, this collection of captivating tales of a 13th century community reflect the timeless human drama of people learning to love and to accept God's grace. Though they belonged to another century, their struggles are our own--finding our niche; coping with failure; overcoming pride and anger, pain and insecurity; determining who we are before God. In their daily rhythm of work and worship, they discover that the whole of life is a love story about a tender and passionate God.
In a moment of decision, they will each face the truth of their own heart in God's presence
Tom must choose between the beautiful girl he loves and the call of God upon his life.
In utter despair and abandonment, Francis finds that Someone is already praying in his own dark Gethsemane. Never again will he need to hide his pain and insecurity behind a jest.
When James cannot escape the truth of who he is, waves of shame threaten to engulf him. He pours out his confession and grief to God and rises a newborn child of grace
They belonged to another century, yet their struggles are our own--finding our niche; coping with failure; living with impossible people; and changing when we realize that we are the impossible one. These humble seekers, called to live together in brotherhood, discover in the daily rhythm of their work and worship that the whole of life is a love story about a tender and passionate God. Rich with imagery and emotion, their tales depict love in action, and love given in the most trying of circumstances.
Including complete texts of the original books, The Hawk and the Dove, The Wounds of God, and The Long Fall, this trilogy reflects the timeless human drama of learning to love and to accept God's grace.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.59" Height: 1.52" Weight: 1.29 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2000
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
Series Hawk And The Dove
ISBN 1581341385 ISBN13 9781581341386
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More About Penelope Wilcock
Penelope Wilcock is the author of over a dozen books of fiction and poetry, including The Hawk and the Dove trilogy. She lives a quiet life on the southeast coast of England with her husband and is the mother of five children.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Hawk And The Dove (3-In-1)?
A MUST READ Nov 7, 2008
This is truly a remarkable book! A real vision of God is revealed in the pages through Father Peregrine.
A very substantial piece of Christian fiction Jul 15, 2008
For several years a friend has been pushing this book at me: "You've really got to read this." I finally took her recommendation seriously, and now I pass along the enthusiasm for this hefty volume (560 pages), which is really three short novels bound as one.
One caveat: Right off the bat you have to stretch your imagination to allow for the intergenerational setup --- that a contemporary British woman would know detailed ancestral stories from the 14th century. Each chapter begins and ends in this modern, Anglican household, where Mother uses an heirloom story set in the great-great-great uncle's Benedictine abbey of St. Alcuin to teach a life lesson to her 15-year-old daughter. This format suited my pattern of reading one (self-contained) chapter each evening, savoring the insights drawn from the characterizations of the monks.
The principal monastic is the abbot. By birth his name was Peregrine, meaning "hawk" --- a word that well described his temperament as well as his craggy countenance. But as a Benedictine his name was Columba, meaning "dove." Early in the first book, Peregrine is savagely beaten by Easter guests seeking revenge against his father. They cripple Peregrine's hands and legs and leave him to die, but in God's mercy the path of suffering leads to humbling transformations, which are portrayed in his dealings with his monastic brothers.
You get to know these monks individually, especially several who are introduced as young novices and subsequently mature in their Christian faith and in their self-knowledge under Peregrine's tutelage. There's Francis, so cheerful and jesting that the novice master asks Peregrine to ferret out his insincerity. Or is it insecurity? There's angry Cormac, assigned to work under a critical supervisor, but within sight of a referee who doesn't let things get out of hand. There's impetuous Thomas, chosen as Peregrine's own personal assistant --- even helping him cut his food and don his clothes. They, and Peregrine, wind themselves around your heart.
One particularly strong story, early in book two ("The Wounds of God"), takes place outside the abbey, when Peregrine (with Thomas) travels to an Augustinian priory to participate in a theological debate "concerning the nature of God, whether his supreme manifestation be in justice or in mercy." Here, and later in book three, serious theological issues are discussed, not as sermons but rather within the context of a story.
In the third book of the trilogy ("The Long Fall"), the author wisely abandons the contemporary framework, which by now has outlived its usefulness. Here the full account focuses on the Benedictines. The spotlight is on Thomas and his devotion to Peregrine, who is further disabled by a stroke and aphasia and confined to the infirmary --- think nursing home, without any modern amenities. In an "author's note" at the end of the book, Wilcock acknowledges that she worked hard to present an "authentic" but not overly explicit portrayal of the realities of disabilities that too often curtail people's participation in Christian communities --- even the incapacitating fear of incontinence.
This is a wonderfully insightful volume, with a rich historical storyline. There's more substantial content here than in much Christian fiction --- about grace, about leadership and loyalty, about humility, about disability and suffering. About the hawk as well as the dove.
--- Reviewed by Evelyn Bence
A true Blessing Jan 1, 2008
This book is a real surprise and treat for anyone on the journey to live the life of the Gospels. Having been a Benedictine myself, this wonderful little book radiates the true beauty and wonder of the Benedictine life and tradition. Benedictinism is built on the back of the human conditions. Monks are seldom pius and what we imagine as saintly. They are rugged souls with real feet of clay who have the courage to hubly present themselves before their God and each other in service and imperfection. This wonderful book lets both the majesty of these monks and their all too human folly's resided side by side while never diminishing God's continued role in their lives. A real work of faith and hope.
Soon to become my favorite book Oct 15, 2007
I enjoy reading something that I can come away from with new ideas and something that challenges who I am or who I want to be. This book does that for me. Can I learn to love like that without the need for terrible infirmities to get me to that place? I hope so. This book provides a glimpse into the lives of very human men with very human problems but who find strength through God to over come.
A beloved story of redemption and faith Dec 12, 2006
This book is beautiful in every respect. The stories are truly new -- by that I mean that there is absolutely nothing that is cliched or commonplace. The writing is crystalline and beautiful but also simple. But these are lesser things compared to the wonderful themes in this story.
* There is the theme of humility. Through the conflicts between the characters, we learn that repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation are excruciating and gut-wrenching processes, but also the most God-like deeds possible to mankind.
* We see that faith without sight is very difficult but that God is always, always faithful.
* We see love that sacrifices for the good of others. The characters have to learn to show God's love to each other even when the other is repulsive and unresponsive.
I treasure this book up with "The Wise Woman" by George MacDonald and "Perelandra" by C.S. Lewis for the lessons it taught me and the beauty it showed me. It is a truly redemptive story.