In Abbot Peregrine's own pain, the wounds of Christ have become very precious to him. These wounds of God- received because of love- are at the core of Peregrine's theology. They comfort him in his afflictions, and they teach him mercy when he interacts with the world.
Again, as you read this book, you'll see Peregrine being refined like gold in the fire. This conforming to the image of Christ happens slowly, surely, and with many stumbles on the way. Reading about Peregrine, I felt a little whisper in my heart: "God doesn't abandon the work that he's begun."
Along with Peregrine, we also see Brothers Francis and Tom and Theodore and Cormac, and we get to peek into their maturing lives.
You may think a monastery would be a narrow, joyless, dull place- but there's a great deal of life being lived within the gates of St. Alcuin's!
When Father Peregrine is invited to a theological debate, will justice or mercy win?
Does Brother Francis have any substance underneath his easy laugh and ready smile, or is he merely shallow and unmoved by things of importance?
What was that incident regarding Brother Tom and a certain girl?
And what happens when a piece of sensual, spiritual poetry is discovered on the grounds?
You'll find out the answers to these questions and more, in this second delightful volume of the Hawk and Dove series.
You'll be glad to know there's five more books waiting for you! And you may find yourself craving a cup of tea as you read.
Thank you Kregel and Lion Hudson for proving me with a review copy in exchange for an honest opinion.