Every time you fall in love with a series of books, there comes a bittersweet day when you hold the final volume in your hands. "A Day and A Life" is that last tale in the St. Alcuin's saga, giving us one more visit to the monastery, the farm, and the village surrounding it. Once more we may enter the lives of the brothers as they work and worship, and we walk beside them on their daily rounds.
These chapters bestowed peace on my heart. The entire book has a gentle tone and measured pace, just right for the final images that it leaves us with.
I come away from these stories reminded that life, life itself- that sweetest gift from the Giver- is fragile, precious, and so worthwhile. I am reminded that the way of the cross is the way of challenge and difficulty, loneliness and even desperation, and yet also the way of transformation and mercy and finding yourself beloved in an unending Love.
I thank Lion Hudson for my review copy.