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Joyce Magnin

Joyce Magnin

Genres:
Children's
,
Contemporary
Joyce Magnin's novel The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow was chosen as one of the "Top 5 Best Christian Fiction Books of 2009" by Library Journal. She's written several short stories and articles and been published in such magazines as Relief Journal, Parents Express, Sunday Digest and Highlights for Children. She has three children and a neurotic parakeet. She lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania.
The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow: A Novel of Bright's Pond

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow: A Novel of Bright's Pond

(August 2009)
Genres:
Contemporary
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Publisher: Abingdon Press
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ISBN: 9781426701641

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow is the story of an unusual woman, Agnes Sparrow. No longer able or willing to leave her home, where she is cared for by her long-suffering sister Griselda, Agnes has committed her life to the one thing she can do—besides eat. Agnes Sparrow prays and when Agnes prays things happen, including major miracles of the cancer, ulcer-healing variety along with various minor miracles not the least of which is the recovery of lost objects and a prize-winning pumpkin.

The rural residents of Bright’s Pond are so enamored with Agnes they plan to have a sign erected on the interstate that reads, “Welcome to Bright’s Pond, Home of Agnes Sparrow.” This is something Agnes doesn’t want and sends Griselda to fight city hall. Griselda’s petitions are shot down and the sign plans press forward until a stranger comes to town looking for his miracle from Agnes. The truth of Agnes’s odd motivation comes out when the town reels after the murder of a beloved community member. How could Agnes allow such evil in their midst? Didn’t she know? Well, the prayers of Agnes Sparrow have more to do with Agnes than God. Agnes has been praying to atone for a sin committed when she was a child. After some tense days, the townsfolk, Griselda, and Agnes decide they all need to find their way back to the true source of the miracles—God.

 
 

 

 

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