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The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day (1975)

by Scott O'Dell

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A more engrossing book than I initially thought it would be. This book tells the story of William Tyndale and the smuggling into England of the English Bible. The fates of some of the characters saddened me, though I suppose since it is based on history these ends were inevitable. It is very descriptive on some points and cursory on others, almost as if this book is simply picking up where another left off. Perhaps O'Dell assumed that the reader had more knowledge of that time period (of which I have next to none).
  barefeet4 | Mar 16, 2012 |
This novel brings William Tyndale and the times he lived in, to life. Often we hear the dry facts about the Bible and how it has been protected and translated for us all to read, but sometimes we do not realize the drama that goes with those facts. Tyndale put his life on the line because he was committed and convinced that every man and woman should be able to read the Bible for themselves. The leaders of the Church in the 1500's, did not agree. This story is packed with adventure, smuggling, the plague and betrayal. It does not move slowly. ( )
  MrsLee | Jan 21, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0890843686, Paperback)

Tom Barton and his Uncle Jack live on the edge of danger, smuggling goods under the very nose of the king's searchers. Shrewd, brave, desperate at times, they make run after run across the Channel, braving rough seas, heavy winds, and a growing restlessness among their countrymen. All Europe is aflame with the writing and preaching of Martin Luther.

Tom and his uncle come into contact with another man, William Tyndale, whose work and prayer is to put an English Bible into the hands of the common people. While Uncle Jack sees only the profit in a religious Reformation, it is Tom who sees in Tyndale's work the dawning of a new age and a new way of life for himself and England.

William Tyndale was the hawk that dare not hunt by day. Hunted, hated by many, a fugitive in several countries, this humble man's pen changed the course of history. For modern Christians, he is the symbol of scholarship and courage, determination and meekness. For Tom Barton, he was father and friend, teacher and comforter, and the first true testimony of Christ in a godless age.

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Amid political turmoil and threats of plague, young Tom Barton accepts the risks of helping William Tyndale publish and smuggle into England the Bible he has translated into English.

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