The Hawk & The Dove by Penelope Wilcock

Title:  The Hawk and the Dove (The Hawk and the Dove #1)
Author:  Penelope Wilcock
Pages:  174
Year:  1990
Publisher:  Lion Hudson
Melissa loves a good story and one day begs her mother to tell her one.  Soon one becomes several and the stories that follow create teachable moments between a mother and her daughter.  These stories are set in the early 1300s in a monastery in England.  The main character is Father Columba or Father Peregrine as he is known by his monks behind his back.  He arrives at the monastery to take the lead role as Abbot after the former Abbot dies a natural death of old age.  When he arrives he is 45 years old, tough, demanding, but fair.  He earns the respect of his monks, but not their affections.  He holds himself away from much personal interaction.  He appears somewhat aloof and standoffish.
After a while, tragedy strikes Father Peregrine and he is forced to become more dependent on and vulnerable to his fellow monks.  This vulnerability and humility endears him to his monks and they grow to love him.  His thorn to bear creates in him a new awareness of how he should treat others as Christ would treat them.  He gives so much more of his heart now.
I absolutely loved the premise of the stories of Father Peregrine being handed down from generation to generation.  This generation of telling begins with a mother passing the tales along to her young teenage daughter.  The tales impart a wealth of spiritual truths as well as wisdom in dealing with human foibles, idiosyncrasies and sins against others.  I was captivated by the tales of humility, complete reliance on God and reading about those who longed to be like Christ no matter the cost to themselves.  I’ll be reading the second book in the series next and can’t wait to get started!
My rating is 5 stars.
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