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A Day and A Life (The Hawk and the Dove Series) Paperback – September 27, 2016
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About the Author
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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I have happily been able to read all the books and love this series.
It's interesting that the title of this book is A Day and A Life. Because so many things can happen in one day and sometimes one life can be taken or a life can be born.
It seems that in this monk realm of St. Alcuins that even though all seems well on the surface, many of the monks are feeling as if something is wrong. And then a lower monk/ a novice disappears. Where did he go? And why?
As the day lingers on Brother Theodore, the novice master, feels as if something good has been taken/lost.
A thought provoking and somewhat mysterious look into the lives of the monks.
A mystery but yet some history about the lives of monks and how we are all needed in this planet of life.
This last book of this series was one of my favorites. A great read for any day!
*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*
Brother Cedd has been struggling with feeling insignificant and that he has nothing worthwhile to contribute to the monastic community. He has wanted to be a monk his whole life, but now that he has experienced that life with other monks and seen that each of them have a job and contribute to the fellowship and life of their small community; he wonders what he can give. He has no special skills; he doesn’t have wit; he isn’t particularly smart. Has he truly been called to be a monk? God places people in Brother Cedd’s path to guide him, but He leaves it up to Brother Cedd to choose the direction.
As I began reading this final book in this wonderful series, it was with fondness and sadness. Fondness in revisiting with old friends I have come to know over the life of the series in each book and sadness that this will be the last visit to St. Alcuin’s. This book focuses on one day in the life of the monastery and one life as lived by the inhabitants of St. Alcuin’s. The series contains truth for the spiritual life as well as for the life here on earth, even though it is a work of fiction. Our main source of truth should always be the Bible, but this series depicts human frailties and struggles in how to deal with living in a community, being individuals as well as united, the idiosyncrasies of people, their bad habits, their opinions, their mercy, their grace and compassion, their love for one another and living a Christ-like life. I have treasured each book in the series and recommend them to all to keep for generations.
Fans of Kathleen Norris' Cloister Walk, will find similar themes centering around the very human struggles of those in religious community.
In this fictional account, Wilcock skillfully weaves the inner worlds and viewpoints of multiple characters - the abbot, a runaway novice, a married former brother, a cook, a terrible chess player, a harried sacristan and many others – over the period of a monastic day.
The most compelling reason to read A Day and a Life, however, is to experience the gentle drama of the inner struggles of the characters. As young Colin, who is about to join the brothers, puts it, “He had come to see what makes Saint Alcuin's such a special place to be is a mix of respect and kindness, a practical compassion that goes gently in dealing with a man's ordinary frailty, clothing him with dignity again and again ...”
To spend a day with the brothers is like pouring soothing salve on a sunburned soul. I highly recommend this book.
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