Quote of the Weekend

“. . . I need fire and earth and wind and waves as much as I need food. I’d go mad living in this wired-up, bricked-up, fenced-in concrete street if I didn’t dose myself with fire and weather and earth and sea. My soul would get pale and thin. I don’t want a pale, thin soul.” – The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcock

(This line has stuck with me for weeks and weeks. It so perfectly describes why I love water, dirt, grass, trees, and why I always have candles lit in my house. I love the elements. I love how windy Texas is. I love storms and rain. I love snow and leaves. I don’t want a pale, thin soul.)

Quote of the Weekend

“My sisters liked stories too,  But not as much as Mother and I did.  We lived with one foot in reality and one in fantasy,  And sometimes we forgot which foot was which.  I still do.” – The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcock

(This sums up my life.)

The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcock

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This book sat on my book shelf for several months. A friend, who I should have trusted, loaned it to me, but the cover looked like a Christian romance novel. The blurb on the back made it sound like a Christian romance novel. I put of reading it for a long time.

One day, bored with my book selection and with out the energy to work on my own story, I picked up this book. It grabbed me from the opening sentence. And it is not a Christian romance novel. Not at all.

It’s hard to write a review for this book.

It’s so studded with beautiful hidden gems. I won’t say it’s theologically sound. There were moments when I wanted to yell about the simplicity of God and such, but there was a great human beauty and some deep theological truths shown through suffering.

The first two books were written with the current Melissa being told the stories passed from Melissa to Melissa generation after generation. Several reviewers didn’t seem to enjoy that element of the story, but oral storytelling is an impressive art and it was enjoyable to see it showcased. The third book dropped Melissa and her mother completely. While the story lost none of it’s power, I missed that element.

As I neared the end of this book, I stopped reading it. Not because I wasn’t enjoying it. Quite the opposite. It was because I knew it would be painful to compete it. I wasn’t wrong. Lots of tears.

The only book I can think of to compare this one to is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. They both have a beautiful way with words, description, and capture the human spirit.

The monastic setting of the story was far more enjoyable than I suspected lending the book an otherworldly feel without becoming a fantasy novel. The friendship, heartache, longing, sufferings, and failings of these men drives the story forward in a soft poetic beauty that is both rending and calming.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Ignore the cover and the synopsis. They have almost nothing to do with the actual story.

Read this book and in many ways your soul will be blessed and fed.

(If you click on the link it will take you to amazon. If you purchase the book from there I get a small kick-back. So thanks!)

Quote of the Weekend

“It was one of those brief spells of complete happiness that come once in a rare while,  an unlooked-for gift of God,  when the forces of darkness,  of sorrow and temptation seem miraculously held back,  a breathing- space in the battle.” – The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcock

What beauty!

Quote of the Weekend

“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 life,  if you know how to read it right. ” – The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcock

(This book totally surprised me with it’s beautiful writing and moving story and this quote is perfect.)