The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow (Bright's Pond Series) [NOOK Book]

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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...

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The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow (Bright's Pond Series)

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426713736
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: A Novel of Bright's Pond
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 288,032
  • File size: 798 KB

Meet the Author

Joyce Magnin is the author of several books, including The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, named one of the "Top 5 Best Christian Fiction Books of 2009" by Library Journal. Her short fiction pieces and articles have been published in such magazines as Relief Journal, Parents Express, Sunday Digest, and Highlights for Children. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader at various writer’s conferences and women’s church groups. She has three children and one grandson, and is mom to a neurotic parakeet who lives with her in Havertown, Pennsylvania.
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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    You'll laugh, cry, and be surprised!

    "The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow" is one of those books that is just downright fun to read! It's a comedy and a tear-jerker all wrapped up into one. The eccentric characters are portrayed so vividly that you feel like you are right there in Bright's Pond with them! This book has a wonderful lesson in faith without being preachy. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys to laugh, cry and be surprised. I look forward to continuing with the Bright's Pond series.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

    A wonderful book...

    The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow by Joyce Magnin is a novel about a six hundred pound woman named Agnes. That right there got my attention. There's quirky characters, plot twists, and great writing. I've never been into Christian fiction, but Agnes doesn't fit the stereotype. It made me laugh out loud and feel for the characters. I loved this book and will be rereading it many times over.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    A delightful, unique read

    The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow is one of the most unique books I have read in a very long time. It's the story of sisters Griselda and Agnes Sparrow. Older sister Agnes weighs 700 pounds and is the miracle worker of the town of Bright's Pond, whose every prayer for the town's residents is answered. Griselda is Agnes's caregiver. Their unique relationship and the zany residents of this small town in the Pennsylvania mountains make for a read that is humorous as well as touching. The writing was sprinkled with just the right amount of details -- not so much as to be overwhelming but enough to make me feel as though I had been to this town and I had met these wonderfully, zany characters over a piece of Full Moon pie at the Full Moon Cafe. The book does fall into the Christian fiction category, and while there is an obvious message in the story it is not at all "preachy. I would recommend this book to anyone who lives or has lived the small town life and wants to read a story about a town probably not much different from their own. A wonderful read and I look forward to reading the rest of the Bright's Pond series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    Draws you in and leaves you wanting for more

    Typical town with all its problems - didn't want to put it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Interesting characters

    A very good read with characters you will enjoy. The book was a little slow the first few chapters but you get to know the characters and you want to keep reading. There are also lots of twists in the story. I recommend it and I will read the other books in the series. I believe this is book #1.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    A Cute Read

    Interesting characters in a little town make you feel at home in this book. A light look at some tough things, even adult bullying! While not a gripping can't put the book down kind of book....it was enjoyable and I would recommend it for a summer read or a rainy day!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    Agnes Sparrow broke my heart, at first

    More on the citizens of Bright's Pond and not at their best. However, this is the way most people behave, self centered and if things don't go their way, blame someone else, no matter how innocent they may be. The story has turns and twists and ends OK. I dislike books that hurry through the last ten pages and tie up all the loose ends, leaving a lot of unansered questions. The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow did not do this. Recommend reading for those who like stories that have a message.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    A must read for book clubs!

    What a great author! Reminds me of Judy Blum. A touching story of relationships in a small rural town. The descriptive writing is fantastic. I will definitely be reading more from this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Loved this series! Enjoyable reads.

    The whole Bright Pond Series is delightful! The stories are full of quirky characters and situations that shed an interesting light on the problems of life. You can't help but fall in love with the main characters and their quaint little town. Check them all out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    The biggest prayer warrior ever!

    The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow was filled with an odd assortment of characters. It read like the town of Mayberry on LSD – but I liked it! The idea that a whole town would go to a 700 lb housebound woman to ask her to pray for them as though she had a direct link to God was funny and sad at the same time. When things go well, Agnes is a hero, but when things don't go so well, she is suddenly cast as the villain. Much as we treat God when things don't go the way we think they should. There are a few lessons to be learned along the way, but they are so coated in pie, M&Ms and laughter that they go down real smooth.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Kept me up late every night til it was done!

    This book wasn't full of wild twist and turns (though there were a times I gasped out loud because I was so shocked at what just happened). Nevertheless, I could NOT put it down! Best read I've had in a very long time!!! As soon as I finished it, I went on my library's website to see if it was there for a Nookless friend of mine--I was that desperate to recommend it!




    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Jeanie d

    Did not care for book at all

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Great read.

    This was a good book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Nice & Simple

    Nice & simple but I was waiting for more.......

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    I liked it

    Cute story about a small town of people

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Great book

    what a great book I got this from the library, I enjoyed it so much I wanted for my permanent library so I got it for my nook. At first i was not to sure but as I began to read this I found I could not put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Charming Read

    I really enjoyed this cozy book

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

    Excellent book.

    This book was well written. You will be able

    Excellent book. <p> This book was well written. You will be able to relate to all the characters. You will smile, laugh, and cry. I recommend this book to everyone to read. You will really enjoy it - I did.</p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    good

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Touching

    I enjoyed this story a lot. It was entertaining. There were some parts where I did not want to put it down. It was a touching story about life.

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