The Hour Before Dawn

The Hour Before Dawn Once again author Penelope Wilcock reaches back through the centuries to the ancient monastery of St Alcuin Abbot John is undergoing deep emotional shock after learning of the rape of his sister and

  • Title: The Hour Before Dawn
  • Author: Penelope Wilcock
  • ISBN: 9781782641506
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once again, author Penelope Wilcock reaches back through the centuries to the ancient monastery of St Alcuin Abbot John is undergoing deep, emotional shock after learning of the rape of his sister and murder of his mother Father William is discovering his own vulnerability and there, immersed in the daily routine of simple tasks, the brothers undertake the greatest tasOnce again, author Penelope Wilcock reaches back through the centuries to the ancient monastery of St Alcuin Abbot John is undergoing deep, emotional shock after learning of the rape of his sister and murder of his mother Father William is discovering his own vulnerability and there, immersed in the daily routine of simple tasks, the brothers undertake the greatest task of nurturing the grace of God in their souls.Book 5 in the recently continued The Hawk and the Dove series, The Hour before Dawn explores the psychological impact of grief and trauma as well as how one can be healed Wilcock deftly weaves themes of the resurrection and ascension throughout the story, exploring the process of having survived suffering, but not yet having moved on Characters eagerly await the coming dawn of restoration Based on solid historical research, Wilcock s representation of monastic life is authentic, rich with poetic prose and a sense of time and place.The Hour before Dawn affirms our need for one another s understanding and love as well as our need for a personal relationship with Jesus Wilcock s newest story helps readers understand the grieving process, make connections between the Bible and everyday life experiences, and nurture an attitude of understanding and kindness.

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    1. Beautiful story with much wisdom and spirituality, exploring that "bardo" between a tragedy and eventual healing from grief. Father John, now Abbot of St. Alcuin's Monastery after Father Peregrine's passing, has suffered a personal tragedy. Accused as witches by the villagers, his mother has been killed, his sister violated and their home razed. Now fragile, he sinks to the depths of hurt, self-blame, and despair. With the help of Father William, another monastic, he gropes his way towards the l [...]

    2. Not going to lie - I was pretty disappointed with this fifth book in the Hawk and the Dove series. I've read all four of the other books in this series and enjoyed them; sadly the trend went spiraling downward by the time I had finished The Hour Before Dawn. While the characters remained relatable, it was the plot I found to be lacking in my tastes. The majority of the plot centers around newly installed Abbot John's sister, Madeleine, who at the very beginning of the book is accused of being a [...]

    3. Had to go back and re-read as I stopped to re=read her previous trilogy. A beautiful book though not for everybody. The themes she touches on in turn, touch me deeply.

    4. This is another one of those books that I am in two minds about. I knew from before I read it that is was very controversial because of the subject matter and some of the content. Basically, it begins with an account of an attack by a group of drunken village men on the mother and sister of Brother John, Abbot of the fictional St Alcuin’s monastery in Yorkshire. The attack culminates in the women’s house being burned down, Madelaine’s John’s mother is accidentally killed and his sister v [...]

    5. Wilcock again does an amazing job of exploring the complexity of the heart and human relationships. This book's subject matter was much more intense than her previous work. I loved the way character's stories providentially wove together as well as the beautiful picture of the healing grace found in ordinary rhythm, work, and even food. Her narrating of the inner thoughts of characters, is lovely. These books have a gentle instructive nature as I think they lead our hearts and minds in patterns [...]

    6. Title: The Hour Before Dawn (The Hawk and the Dove #5)Author: Penelope WilcockPages: 208Year: 2015Publisher: Lion HudsonMy rating is 5 stars.Readers are once again returned to the 14th century monastery of St. Alcuin’s in Yorkshire, England in this fifth entry of The Hawk and the Dove series. Most of the characters from the prior four books make return appearances, but the story centers around Abbot John and Father William.Abbot John has just been in his position as head of St. Alcuin’s for [...]

    7. "The world is always darkest the hour before the dawn." Many of us have either heard or read this particular saying and it is from this that the title is taken from and it is a very fitting title for the story. It is a story which the author explores the varying paths of grief and the only way to truly come out of it. This is the fifth book of the series but can be read with minimal confusion on its own. It follows Abbot John and William, first as they travel to visit John's sister after her att [...]

    8. The Hour before Dawn (The Hawk and the Dove #5)by Penelope WilcockThe Hour before Dawn is the fifth book in the series, The Hawk and the Dove. Penelope Wilcock paints the image and reality, that this world can be an awful, unkind place. This book follows the main characters in the preceding book, The Hardest Thing to Do. In this book, Abbot John finds out his sister has been raped and his mother is dead. The abbot then travels the emotional road of healing with his friend, Father William. (To le [...]

    9. If one has ever faced extreme grief, one can relate to the pain of the abbot John. At times things in life happen that seem impossible to overcome. This book proves that senseless acts of violence can bring destitute victims closer to each other and Christ. I really enjoyed looking into the life of monasteries and the bonding of the brothers involved. I enjoyed the themes of resurrection ans ascension. Just because you are down, it does not mean you are out. It's not over until God says it is, e [...]

    10. A rewarding readBeautifully written and inspirational as it focusses on the depths of relationships which are finely tuned within the confines of a holy calling. Honest interchanges, personal insights, perceptive reflections on the agonies born within the soul as a result of cruelty at the hands of ignorant men. A truly rewarding read which needs to be read as part of the six part series to be best understood and appreciated. I can only commend the author for her skilful writing

    11. The best part of this book is the discussions it fuels. The Hour Before Dawn takes an in depth look at how people deal with tragedy and faith. Although I didn't agree with some parts ( Times have changed since the 14th century :) ) there were some parts that were really inspiring. And most importantly, the book leaves you filled with hope. Thank you Penelope Wilcock for tackling some difficult issues and the encouragement. God Bless!I won this book through a giveaway. This book is available at [...]

    12. My motto, when it comes to fiction, is typically, "I read dead people." But I have to say that Wilcock is one of my favorites--and she's still alive. This is the fifth book in the Hawk and Dove series and just as wonderful as the four previous ones. Wilcock's characters are dynamic and three dimensional. She tackles very difficult subject matter in a beautiful way. And she always brings it back to biblical virtue without being syrupy or preachy. I'm a huge fan!

    13. The Hour Before Dawn was a good read with enough action to keep the reader interested. There were a few times the reading lagged and for that I only gave it four stars. If you are interested in abbeys and priories and religious orders in your reading you will find this an enjoyable read. It is a member of "The Hawk and the Dove" series by Penelope Wilcock.I received this book free from First Reads.

    14. I received this book from giveaway.The Hour Before Dawn was well written. I didn't like some of the details about the rape in the book. I did like the theme of the promise we all have of heaven. It has great accuracy of the 14th century monastery. If you love medieval mysteries, this is the book for you.

    15. This is the fifth in The Hawk and the Dove series. Abbott John is still new at his job when he gets tragic news regarding his family. William proves his worth, and another brother joins the monastery. The message in this one is strong about handling adversities and relying on God to do so. I was a little uncomfortable with the ending, but I suppose that is the reality of monastic life.

    16. I love this author! I found myself writing long passages from this book in my journal. There are so many insights into healing after suffering, being a friend to the grieving, and moving on after a crisis.

    17. She did it again! This segment ended with a little "thud." But no matter. I have begun to assess these books with "tears per page." They are moving. This one deals with horrible circumstances and how the imperfect members of the faith community handle them together. Lovely.

    18. I won this book at a giveaway. This is really a good story, in the darkest moments there is still so much gentleness. The characters are so 'human' with all their faults and doubts but find their way out of the hard times.

    19. Quite a different feel than the first three in the Hawk & Dove stories, but a wonderful read all the same.

    20. I was so happy to get this book because the Hawk and the Dove blessed me so years ago. This was just as good. Penelope Wilcock has great insight into kingdom living.

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