Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Hawk and the Dove Trilogy

I love to read. In fact, I often read a chapter or two (or 7) of a new or favorite book before going to sleep at night. I read a large variety of books and I admit to even enjoying childrens' books :) You should pick up or borrow the Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. It is a charming re-telling of the old favorite and I like it better. It is colorful and has lots of great pictures.

I've decided to start doing reviews on the books I love best. Today's book is :

The Hawk and the Dove Trilogy by Penelope Wilcock.

 I find it a little hard to describe what I love about it. It's a book that takes me to places and times I have never been in and will never go. It's a story about quietness and a monastery and prayers and love and forgiveness and fighting personal battles. It's not your average, easy reading book. It is out far enough of my world that it's fascinating, yet not too far that I'm bored and overwhelmed. It somehow strikes a chord somewhere deep in me that not many other books do.

Living away from society and being shut away from the greater world doesn't take care of man's problems. The men in this story facing their problems and facing themselves is a large part of what the book is all about.

Do pick it up and read it. It may be dry as cornbread to you, and if it is, I am very sorry. Then would be a good time to pick up the three little wolves book. :)

And I realize that several months and posts ago, i asked you (whoever is reading this), what your favorite books and authors are. But I'd love to hear again, especially if you are new to this blog.

 I'll try to keep going on this book review thing and eventually I'd like to have a special section for recommended reading (using suggestions from y'all).

So, what's on your bedside stand?


  1. Next, you must read the next in the series! I'm nearly finished with it: The Hardest Thing To Do. It's powerful, deeply moving, just like the first 3 books. The 5th one is coming out in January, I understand.
    Other books in progress: Teaching English Worldwide, and Schindler's List.

  2. Yes, the Hawk and the Dove Trilogy is powerful. Not only did it make the hermit side of me ache for the life of a monk, but it made me long to better know Jesus in the way that Father Peregrine knew him. I definitely want to read more in the series.
    My nightstand is recovering from holding Calvin Miller's "Life is Mostly Edges." It is currently holding "Rumors of Another World" by Phillip Yancey and "The Truth in Jesus" by George MacDonald. I highly recommend all three of these.
    And, as always, "Winnie the Pooh" is within arm reach of my bed.

  3. Good choice for a book review! The Hawk and Dove touched me beautifully and opened my mind to dormant issues. I loved every minute of it. And Anita,(Hi!) the Hardest Thing To Do is on my wishlist so now I'll definitely make it priority to move it out of my dreams and into reality :) My bookstand is stacked with Waiting on God by Andrew Murray, A Severe Mercy (Sheldon Vanauken), the Cricket in Times Square, and about 4 other books that aren't captivating enough for me to even remember their titles :)

  4. sounds like a book my kate would like.. i'll have to check it out.

    right now on my nightstand is a agatha christie book and a book called, worldliness. polar opposite books, i know. :) the worldliness book is a small, not long at all, but packed w/ some powerful stuff.

    i had seen your footprints passing through my site and thought i'd come over to check out yours~ glad i did! i love meeting new ppl here. :)


  5. My nightstand is so messy I can hardly read the titles. Oh my.
    My current read is Keep A Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot. She inspires me. But you already know that.
    For lighter reading I am only a sister away from "Riven" by Jerry Jenkens. Meaning that Ruth Anne is engrossed in it at the moment and i'm next in line.:)
    I'm also enjoying the non abbreviated versions of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and her other book Sense and Sensibility. These classics take some concentration.:)
    Speaking of Jerry Jenkens^^.... beings you are my sister and beings we browse from the same bookcase and therefore we have a lot the same likes and dislikes....maybe you could share our love for Jerry Jenken's "Though None Go With Me" on your suggested reading page. Oh, and definitely include Anita's Life Is For Living on the list. I have many more suggestions and you will hear them whenever you are serious about that page.:)

  6. Well now, let's see...
    I love Winnie the Pooh--i have ripped-out little quotes of his on my pinboard, and they make me feel nice.
    Books...last week I wasn't in that deep of a mood, so I read the classic "Preachers Kids" by Grace Nies Fletcher. Hilarious.
    I also read "Forgive Me, Natasha"--a powerful story of forgiveness by Sergei Kurdaukov, one of the Russian secret police during communism that persecuted believers, and later came to know Christ.
    On my "To Read" list for this next week is 'Sense & Sensuality' by Ravi Zacharias..I've skimmed through it before, but not thoroughly.
    Oh, speaking of kiddies books, you should pick up "PageLand" sometime. It's totally one of those little hardcover books like Janelle would have stored in the CBS deans room. It's thoroughly animated, and his writings (name has departed from me) all have some sort of allegorical deeper meaning too. Very cute.
    K, long comment havva.....