The Hawk and the Dove

The Hawk and the Dove

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14th century Yorkshire: the time of Chaucer. 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 15.24mm | 113.4g
  • Lion Fiction
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 3rd New edition
  • 1782641394
  • 9781782641391
  • 84,464

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"Even in the darkest moments of the story, hope tarries in the wings. A wonderful writer, a wonderful read." -- Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author "These tender and charming tales of medieval monastic life have an unexpectedly modern dimension. They highlight the struggles of the human condition both in the present and in the past. They illuminate that all humankind, whether aware of it or not, is on a pilgrimage. Through these stories we accompany Father Peregrine and his monks on their journey as they struggle to overcome their personal defects and to live harmoniously in community for the glory of God." -- Eleanor Stewart, author, Kicking the Habit "Poignant, moving, rich with imagery and emotion... Modern readers will easily identify with each character in Wilcock's timeless human dramas of people learning to love and serve on another while growing in their understanding of a tender and compassionate God. Highly recommended." -- Midwest Book Review "Wonderfully insightful, 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." -- "I fell in love with Penelope Wilcock's Hawk and the Dove series when it first came out. These books are still among my favourites and, incredibly, the series keeps getting better and better. What a delight a first time reader of the series has ahead of them!" -- Donna Fletcher Crow, author, Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England "This masterful look into a bygone era reminds us that Christians of every age have faced the same basic struggles: how to worship God in spirit and truth, and to love our neighbours as ourselves. Many thanks to Penelope Wilcock for showing us, through the power of literature, an old way to new life." -- Bryan M. Litfin, Professor of Theology, Moody Bible Institute "Penelope Wilcock has created a wonderful cast of characters to fill the marvellously accurate fourteenth-century monastery in her medieval series. For the lover of medieval mysteries this is a series not to be missed." -- Mel Starr, author, The Unquiet Bones
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About Penelope Wilcock

Pen Wilcock is the author of The Hawk and the Dove series and many other books such as In Celebration of Simplicity and 100 Stand-Alone Bible Studies. She has many years of experience as a Methodist minister and has worked as a hospice and school chaplain. She has five adult daughters and lives in Hastings, East Sussex. She writes a successful blog: Kindred of the Quiet Way.
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