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Overview A powerful novel of loss and discovery, courage and God's grace, "A Nest of Sparrows" masterfully illustrates one man's struggle to know when to fight, when to let go, and when to simply wait.
Publishers Description His Fiancee Was the One Woman He'd Loved. Her Children Are All He Has Left. Reserved contractor Wade Sullivan never expected to fall in love with Starr Parnell or to love her three small kids as if they were his own. But that's exactly what happened. As their wedding draws near, however, tragedy strikes-and Wade must put aside his own grief in order to help Starr's children cope. As Wade focuses his efforts on caring for the children, he discovers that their tender, young lives give tremendous meaning to his own broken one. Then Starr's abusive ex-husband shows up to claim the offspring who barely remember him-and Wade prepares for the fight of his life. Will Anyone Believe His Claim to Love the Children More than Their Father Loves Them? A powerful novel of loss and discovery, courage and grace, "A Nest of Sparrows" masterfully illustrates one man's struggle to know when to fight, when to let go, and when to simply wait.
Awards and Recognitions A Nest of Sparrows by Deborah Raney has received the following awards and recognitions -
Citations And Professional Reviews A Nest of Sparrows by Deborah Raney has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 05/01/2004 page 58
Publishers Weekly - 04/26/2004 page 41
Christian Retailing - 06/22/2004 page 54
Romantic Times - 06/01/2004 page 126
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jun 22, 2004
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1578565782 ISBN13 9781578565788
Availability 0 units.
More About Deborah Raney
DEBORAH RANEY is at work on her 20th novel. Her books have won the RITA Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award, Silver Angel, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy small-town life in Kansas. They are new empty nesters with four grown children and two grandsons, all of whom live much too far away.
Deborah Raney currently resides in the state of Kansas.
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Reviews - What do customers think about A Nest of Sparrows?
Disappointed by this one-sided story Jun 6, 2008
This book creates an extremely unrealistic picture of custody battles, abusive situations, and Child Protective Services. I was very disappointed that the novel doesn't draw more from reality on these topics. The character representing CPS is completely unbelievable. The contant reassurance that children placed in foster care are "resilient" and that foster care doesn't hurt them are completely unrealistic, and it's also unrealistic to think that all foster parents are loving and wonderful. The author also wraps up the plot line far too neatly, as a man who has been abusive of multiple people over many years suddenly vistis his lawyers, prepares paperwork, and turns over custody of his kids to a non-relative, all within a few days time. In real life, abusive people don't do things like this. This novel is shameful in the unrealistic picture it portrays of abusive parents, Child Protective Services, foster care, and the children who suffer in these environments. The author does a true disservice to readers who think that she has painted a realistic picture of these very important issues in our society today. The author would have better served her readers by painting a realistic picture, seeking to educate her readers, and not merely entertain them with a fantasy designed to entertain and sell books.
Wonderful read Apr 15, 2008
A nest of sparrows is one of the best books I have ever read. I just finished it for the second time and am now sending it to my cousin who is a missionary. Deb Rainey has you crying and empathizing with the characters and especially Wade who tries so hard to make a home for his fiance's children, after her sudden death. When she dies, Deb transports us to heaven as she leaves her body and that gave me chills. I could not put this book down and I already new what happened in the end. Dee is a wonderful character too, as the social worker that tries her best to keep the children with Wade. It is romantic and not overdone.Deborah Rainey is an excellent storyteller and takes her readers to some of the "hard places" where we would rather not go but are rewarded when we do.
Tissues to read by Feb 10, 2008
Deb Raney writes with a sensitivity that transcends the bounds of the written page. In this touching story of a man who opens his heart to the three orphaned children of his fiance, Raney gives us a look into the hope that is found in faith that is steady and real. But be warned: tissues are a must through to the end.
Powerfully written book about waiting on God Jul 29, 2006
A Nest of Sparrows by Deborah Raney is an absolutely beautiful story about how sometimes God makes us wait for the longings of our hearts. Wade Sullivan loves Starr Parnell and her three children with all of his heart, but when tragedy strikes, he has to put his faith in the Lord that he can keep the family together. Raney does a fantastic job at developing the relationship between Wade and the children through the quiet, everyday moments of making supper and bedtime routines. It's those things that really make a family, and she captures the heart of it. I was a bit concerned that the biological father would be another stereotypical 100% bad non-believer, but even he had depth to his character. Dee wasn't as well rounded as I would have liked, but she was believable and likable. Even the secondary characters had depth in this book. This book teaches one of the harder lessons of faith. Sometimes it's impossible for us to understand why God does the things he does, and then it seems even more impossible when He tells us to wait.
No wonder this book won so many awards Dec 6, 2005
This book was a HOLT Medallion winner, RITA finalist, finalist for the National Readers Choice Award and The Booksellers Best Award. It seems like every time an awards list came out last year, this book was on it. And no wonder!! It is a touching, page-turning story of characters I'll never forget.