The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow (Bright's Pond #1)
No longer able or willing to leave her home, Agnes Sparrow has committed herself to a life of prayer -- prayer that has resulted in numerous miracles, both large and garden variety, including a prize-winning pumpkin. The residents of quirky Bright's Pond, Pennsylvania, plan to erect a sign on the interstate in her honor, but Agnes wants no part of it. Then a stranger comes...more
I plan to read everything Joyce writes...even if it's only a grocery list. Her quirky, charming, and truly refreshing style is a gift.
first chapter I am caught off guard. The central character in the book is Agnes Sparrow (as the title indicates) and we meet her immediately through the eyes of her sister, Griselda, the narrator. We see how she is the primary caregiver for Agnes who is 700 lbs and can't get around on her own. In the opening pages Agnes declares to Griselda that she will no longer leave their house, its just too har...more
The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow by Joyce Magnin is a masterful novel about the power of unconfessed sin. Griselda has devoted her life to taking care of her obese sister, Agnes. Agnes has devoted her life to taking care of the town of Bright's Pond. Her prayers have become so famous for bringing miracles in the small town that its residents are preparing to erect a sign outside city limits advertising it as the "Home of Agnes Sparrow." But Agnes has never wanted publicity, and no matter how hard sh...more
If you like the Mitford series by Jan Karon or the Miss Read series, the first part of this book will appeal to you from a very slow paced, nothing happening but a pleasant little town leads its pleasant little life. Throw in a bit of Flannery O'Connor in the last third of the book, it shakes you up a bit and there you have Prayers of Agnes Sparrow.
The characters are more complex than I originally thought and for that Joyce...more
This book did take a rather surprising turn 2/3 way through.
I didn't see it coming!
Before even finishing it, I had ordered the rest in the series.
I appreciated the fact that the author comes across so honest in the characters with both their flaws and attributes. The ending surprised me!
I'm reminded of Phil Gulley's Harmony books with Fern Hampton, Dale Hinshaw where the characters are real and not some Barbie doll fake. (This one has big hair. This one has yellow...more
My main gripe with this...more
Poor Agnes, at 700 pounds has created a fortress of self around her wounded heart -- and in housebound, though young, spending her days praying for townsfolk who come to her with their hopes, dreams, illnesses and troubles. When folks notice a pattern of improvement among those for w...more
Because Agnes is confined to home she develops a prayer ministry for the people in town. Townspeo...more
I had a hard time getting into this book, but once I did, I was sad when I finished it. I have read books 2 & 4 of the series, so it was interesting to meet some of the people that are talked about in later books in this book. I loved going to The Pink Lady Cafe in Shoops, a restaurant that Charlotte Figg also goes to in "Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise." (book 2)
My word to live by for 2012 was caregiver. This book definitely fit my criteria. I ha...more
It’s up to the story’s narrator, Agnes’s sister Griselda, to try to stop the people from spreading Agnes’s name even further...more
I enjoyed this book on tw...more
Agnes is cared for by her long suf...more
In this book we meet Griselda and Agnes, two sisters who are dependent on each other for very different reasons. While they are coming to an und...more
Griselda and Agnes Sparrow are two sisters who have been together their whole lives. Griselda works at the library, and Agnes prays for everyone who asks for her help. Agnes decides to not leave the house any more once her weight tops 600 lbs. The people of Bright's...more
This story follows Griselda and Agnes, two sisters living alone in their family home, which used to be a funeral parlor. Agnes, who is quite large, is dependent on her sister and seems to have a special ability when it comes to prayi...more