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The Beautiful Thread (The Hawk and the Dove Series) Paperback – April 27, 2016
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Penelope 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.
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The other situation going on in the story is a visit from one of the higher ups in the monastic hierarchy. His visit happens to coincide with all the wedding plans and incoming guests, so tension is running high among the monks as they try to get everything ready for both events. Bishop Eric inspects St. Alcuin’s property, grills the novitiates and applauds the food from the kitchen. Then he hears from his assistant that William de Bulmer has been seen at St. Alcuin’s. Bishop Eric now is on a manhunt for William to bring charges against him, excommunicate him and then execute him! Can William escape the noose a second time?
As always, this book portrays these monks with great care in their vulnerability, transparency and humanness. They strive to be Christ like, but sometimes fail just like us. They ask for forgiveness, try to do better and sometimes succeed just like us. I really liked the idea of the beautiful thread revealed in this story; it really hit home what I can do to be more like Christ in my treatment of others. I am so looking forward to the final book in the series, A Day and a Life, due to be released in September 2016 to see what the monks are up to next!
In The Beautiful Thread, I first became excited about meeting Madeleine and William and Brother Conradus again and others of St. Alcuin's Abbey. Then, I became happy about an upcoming wedding with Rose, Madeleine's mother, as a helper. Then, Penelope Wilcock's The Beautiful Thread introduced the friendship of Abbot John and Rose. It's such a wonderful friendship. So, it is again Yorkshire in the 14th Century at the St. Alcuin's Monastery. The book is emotional. When is love not painful and exciting, a mixture of everything?
The love between Abbot John and Rose led me to think and ask questions. Is it wrong for people who give their life to God to fall in love with another person? Is it ever possible to have a close friendship without thoughts of passion? Is the emotion of love between two people simply too powerful for any of us to control? Should a person worry about how their friends will feel about their relationship?
After reading Brother John's experience, I feel it ever more important to be aware of God's Everlasting Forgiveness. Forgiveness of ourselves is important because as humans we tend to walk where angels fear to tread. Guilt must not become a weight. It can destroy us. Too much of anything is not good. Abbot John's feelings wear him down. His struggles are written about with empathy by the author. I still think of Rose.
Life is complicated. If we are not judged and have friends with open and loving hearts it is impossible to grow and never stop loving God and ourselves no matter the circumstances. The novel is again about love and friendship and trials. I will gladlyGénial. Bon produit et envoi rapide.
Tout est magnifique read another novel by Penelope Wilcock. Her heart is deep.
William, the capable former cellarer (administrator), has returned to St Alcuins at Abbot John's request to help his replacement learn the ropes. But William's return coincides with a bishop's visitation, a regular event. The bishop, a zealous churchman with a large entourage, has heard rumors of St Alcuins having had in their community one William de Bulmer, who is said to have attempted suicide and left the order - attempted suicide is a felony, and breaking monastic vows is a grave sin. (For those unfamiliar with the series, the bishop is entirely correct). The bishop wants to know where this man is so he can be arraigned before an ecclesiastical court, and wishes to discover what happened and what part Abbot John played in those events. His suspicions are well founded. As the story unfolds, the beautiful thread of the Gospel weaves quietly through the contrasting colours of human frailty, religious zeal and social pretension.
Each one of the books in this series is just simple and sweet. Even though there are people or situations that would deem it very serious, I still find that the story that the author is telling is just sweet and simple. I have fallen in love with the characters. They are just very true and authentic. Even though the series deals with real life issues and somewhat serious conditions it is a well researched series that is always leading back to authenticity for each character.
The author has done a terrific job in defining the characters well and details the habits of a monastery to a "T". She is very well researched and the plot line is very strong with notable characters. My favorite is William. He seems very resolute but very kind. I just have really fallen in love with his character and can't wait to learn more about him.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.
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