The Hawk and the Dove

The Hawk and the Dove

by Penelope Wilcock
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The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcock

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, but their struggles are our own: finding our niche; coping with failure; living with impossible people; and discovering that we are the impossible ones.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780891076025
Publisher: Crossway Books
Publication date: 02/29/2000
Series: The Hawk and the Dove Series
Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
Pages: 160

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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The Hawk and the Dove 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
D-B1 More than 1 year ago
I loved and enjoyed reading the passionate, illuminating & heartbreaking first story in The Hawk and The Dove Series that I received free from Goodreads First Reads. The story begins with a mother telling her daughter the story of when Father Peregrine was appointed the new Abbey.  Father Peregrine is savagely and brutally attacked and almost beaten to death.  His struggles with pain and his humbleness to serve others shines throughout the story.  Read the highly recommended, wonderfully written, uplifting, beautiful story by the talented author Penelope Wilcock.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Penelope Wilcox's The Hawk and the Dove This story is verbally hand down to Melissa by her mother as it has been passed down through generations as part of their family history. You will read about Melissa’s family in the Present. You will read her mother’s tales which deal with the 14th century monks. While the times and people have changed the struggles faced back then by the brothers of St. Alcuin seem to be mirrors the present. You will meet father Peregrine, Brothers Cormac, Brother Theodore, Brother Andrew and an array of monks. You will see different personalities but all have one objective to live, love and serve God. I was really into learning the inside of the monastery and their grounds. You will learn how they lived and struggled with temptations yet Were able to overcome their personal temptations because of their love plus devotion to God. Great read!!! Thank you to fro this book. My opinion is my own.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
The Hawk and the Dove is the first book in the series of three. It is basically a series of short stories of the monks at a monastary during the 1300's. It is told by a mother to her young daughters.The stories each have a meaning to them. It is well worth the reading. I recieved the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Inspiring and Encouraging! I honestly don’t know that I had any specific expectations going into this book. My interest was piqued by the description, and my curiosity about the monastic life led me to pick up the book in the first place, but I found myself quickly drawn in and fascinated by both the stories set at the monastery and those that take place within the family telling these stories. Very rarely does life seem to go the exact way any of us expect it to, but we have to keep on marching forward and living this thing we call life. That is one of the biggest things I am taking away from this book. It doesn’t matter if we live in a monastery or in the modern world, problems and challenges find us all. What does matter is how we face these things, and whether it makes us bitter or better. I find this to be a tremendous encouragement in my own life. Another thing I enjoyed about this book is that it shows the power of words, both spoken to each other in the moment and those written for future generations. Empty words can be hurtful, even when they begin as simply thoughtless, while the honest and good point us on to something higher. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story. The sections are brief enough to squeeze into a busy day but they have enough meat to keep a reader thinking for a while, and it contains lots of grace-filled truth to both convict and encourage any believer in Christ. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a set of historical fiction. This book centers around Father Peregrine. When he is sent to be Abbot of St. Alcuin's Benedictine abbey he is attempting to change his life from one of a brash man to "a dove." It takes violence for the other monks of the abbey to come to love this man. My heart melted and felt transformed by the telling of this story. I was given this book by in exchange for my honest review.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
I finished reading this book and was quite glad I had the chance to read it. It is not the usual book I would choose and at first was nervous. I did have a little trouble not having any knowledge of Monks and did not know a lot of the terms used, but it didn't really detract from the book. The story switches between modern times and the 14th century. The characters were well developed and the editing was well done. (I really have trouble with poorly edited books). The book came to a valid conclusion while still leaving room to start the next book in this 3 book series. I enjoyed this book and think you will too. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Hawk and The Dove is the first installment of The Hawk and the Dove series. The writing is a little different than from what I'm used to but it is unique. I did enjoy the story and look forward to reading the rest of the series. Four stars I received this book from in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
BillieKay More than 1 year ago
The story begins in the first person narrative of teenaged Melissa as she describes her life with her parents and four sisters in their small two bedroom house in the year she turned 15. School is not Melissa’s favorite thing, in fact her favorite thing is listening to her Mother tell wonderful stories. And thus, between snatches of family life, are the wonderful stories told by Melissa’s mother. The stories had been handed down for seven hundred years mostly by the women in the family but many had originated from the telling of an ages ago great uncle Edward who was a Benedictine monk, Brother Edward, in the 14th century. The Hawk and the Dove are two names for the same man, Peregrine du Fayel, third son of a nobleman whose Benedictine name was Father Columba. Brother Edward’s stories, retold by Melissa’s mother, and then written down by Melissa as an adult are the bulk of the novel. They give a fascinating look at the lives of the men in the abbey in that time. They are stories of relationships, humility, pride, love, forgiveness. I like this quote from page 42, “In a way, all the tales are one tale, the tale of how God’s power is found in weakness. But that is the story of the whole of life, if you learn to read it right.” This book kept me reading late into the night and I can’t wait to delve into Book 2. I highly recommend this outstanding, life changing Christian fiction. I received a copy from the publisher by way of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
ShanfromCan More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed this first book in the series and how it was presented. Melissa comes from a family of 5 girls, and is second eldest at 14. She has an insatiable appetite for sot ores of old time Monks because, Ï went to church every Sunday and listened to what they said about Jesus, and I believed it all, I really did; but was there anyone anywhere who cared about it enough to behave as if it were true? I felt disenchanted.¨ pg. 13 The stories she would hear would be from her mom, whom assured her they were true. These stories were passed down from her great-grandmother Melissa, and had been passed from grandmother to granddaughter for 700 years. The original from great-uncle Edward, a very wise old man, whom lived to be almost 100 years old. He had shared these stories with many a visitor, but the ones being told now are from his great niece yet another Melissa, whom began handing down these stories. The setting for these stories, the Benedictine abbey of St. Alcuin where Edward was a monk. ¨He had been a wandering friar in the order of the blessed Francis of Assissi¨pg. 16. By age 60, it was time to settle down and he did so at the Abbey. And thus begins the introduction to many interesting characters, monks, but not perfect. Father Columba whom turns out to be the nephew of Brother Edward, us just the beginning of some of the many interesting things happening within the walls of the Abbey. He was nothing like their old Abbot, and the brothers had a hard time with his unapproachability and found him intimidating. And then something unimaginable happens within the walls of the Abbey and many lives are changed. Father Matthew is another monk, strict to the point of looking for the smallest misdemeanour and then making a mountain out of it. Under his care as novice master were Brothers Francis, Thomas, Theodore, Cormac and Thaddeus. Brother Theodore was the one in trouble most of the time even though the Brothers Thomas and Francis were the jokesters, scrappers and participated in foolish conversations. What will one hungry Brother do in the middle of the night that will provide life changing experiences for many? As we meet the monks, so also we get to participate in the activities of the family, including the fun-filled morning of trying to get this family of 7 to church on time, only to deal with 3 little ones whom must be entertained and what happens when it goes on too long. ¨It is a curious thing how an hour in the swimming pool, or an hour in the theatre, is gone in five minutes, whereas an hour in church on Sunday morning seems to drag on for eternity. pg 62 Pick up this book today and be prepared for a fun read. You will laugh, you will cry, you will rejoice and you will be challenged. This is a wonderful read and I can not wait to begin reading the second book. Thank you to book fun. org and Lion Fiction for the opportunity to read this delightful book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THE HAWK AND THE DOVE by Penelope Wilcock from Lion Hudson in exchange for an honest review. I had heard about this series before – THE HAWK AND THE DOVE is book one in a series with the same name – but it wasn’t until now that I got to test it out. Am I glad I did! This is a fast and poignant read. It is a strange book, although very enjoyable. I had to really think hard about how to review it, and when I read the other reviews, a word jumped out: vignettes. This series is all about vignettes from a monastery; very unique and thought provoking. I couldn’t stop reading. I was gobbling up the chapters. They are written simply, but not simplistically. I enjoyed that tremendously, for I know many people who become confused by “big words” and complicated sentences. These books will appeal to the masses and open many eyes to God’s beautiful ways. I was excited to have been given all three books at once, because I really couldn’t put it down. I had to read the next one… and then the next. I finished the series with a content sigh.