The Song of Sadie Sparrow

The Song of Sadie Sparrow

by Kitty Foth-Regner


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For many, a nursing home is the despised last stop before heading out into the Great Beyond. Not so for the heroines of The Song of Sadie Sparrow-three very different women whose lives intersect in a warm and endlessly engaging facility called The Hickories. Sadie Sparrow, Meg Vogel and Elise Chapelle represent different generations. They have experienced different sorrows and entertain different hopes. They even adhere to different worldviews, from devoutly Christian to unapologetically atheist. Yet over the course of a single year, they forge unlikely bonds that impact each other's lives in the here and now-and perhaps for all eternity. A beautifully written story of friendship set against the backdrop of life's twilight years, The Song of Sadie Sparrow explores contrasting views of purpose and pardon, life and afterlife-and faith's role in shaping those views, now and forevermore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941555354
Publisher: FaithHappenings Publishers
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

In The Song of Sadie Sparrow, Kitty Foth-Regner has written what she knows. For a quarter century, she's been closely associated with a nursing home near Milwaukee, both as the daughter of a resident and as a volunteer. A retired copywriter, she is the author of Heaven Without Her, an enthusiastically endorsed memoir tracing her intellectual and spiritual journey from feminist atheism to born-again Christianity. Visit her at

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The Song of Sadie Sparrow 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
RobbyeReviewer More than 1 year ago
The Song of Sadie Sparrow is one of those unique books that only rarely comes along. The story focuses on Sadie Sparrow after she must move to a nursing home, a needed step up in care from a retirement home unable to accommodate her wheelchair use. Kitty Foth-Regner has written a book that is at once like watching a movie and also like living in the story. The characters are all so likable (even the not so likable ones!) and instantly endearing. The Hickories, the nursing home facility, is a beautiful place to behold. I wanted to assist Sadie with her wheelchair and stroll through the gardens or take a tour of the building. If I am ever in need of a nursing facility, I hope to find one similar to Sadie Sparrow’s home. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I received this insightful, profound and thought-provoking book. I had read an excerpt which intrigued me with its multiple character storyline. As I read, I realized the focus was mainly on three women at very different stages in their respective lives, sharing their experiences, knowledge and insights with each other and those around them. You will encounter the most credible and well thought out arguments for the infallibility of Scripture you are likely to find in a work of fiction. Be prepared; the novel deals with emotionally draining material in its 395 pages, but please don’t let that scare you away from reading it.   The Song of Sadie Sparrow is a book that will keep you up reading it and will make you sad when it is over. I sincerely hope that Kitty Foth-Regner will write another book about the people of The Hickories. I was also intrigued to learn (from reading her bio on the back cover) that Foth-Regner was once a feminist atheist, converted to Christianity through her own quest to disprove the Bible. Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/eBook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.
connywithay More than 1 year ago
I sing because I’m free. For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me!” Sadie sings in Kitty Forth-Regner’s novel, The Song of Sadie Sparrow. ~ What ~ This three-hundred-and-ninety-eight-page paperback targets those who enjoy books about accepting God is in control as it relates to aging. With a couple of slang words, topics of death, afterlife, and possible abuse may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes the author’s biography, acknowledgments, and information regarding the publisher. In this tale, eighty-six-year-old Sadie Sparrow is forced to move to The Hickories, an upscale nursing home in Wisconsin. Feeling she has been abandoned and forgotten by her only child who is preoccupied and too busy, the lonely woman tries not to be bitter but accepting of her challenging circumstances. When she meets single Elise, the granddaughter of another resident, and atheist widowed Meg, the assistant activities director who write biographies, she learns the true meaning of eternity and how God has her exactly where she should be at the end of her life. ~ Why ~ Unfortunately, death is something everyone experiences unless the Rapture happens. Knowing you will be with Jesus is the most comforting experience facing the afterlife. I like how the story of the three women progresses, each dealing with their life-changing issues. The eternal plan of salvation is succinct and to the point without adding any “works” on the receiver’s part. I appreciate how the author goes into detail regarding the pluses and problems of living in a nursing home. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may be offended by this book that promotes understanding there is only one way to Heaven. Others may feel uncomfortable reading about the end of life and what aging people think, say, and do as they face their inevitable demise. ~ Wish ~ Since I, like the author, volunteer with the elderly, I related to many parts of the story and often see the loneliness and abandonment many feel being in a nursing or retirement home. I found some of the details of meals and clothing nonessential and would have preferred the two slang words omitted. I love the old Christian hymns mentioned but wish the Bible version(s) used were listed at the beginning. ~ Want ~ If you like a story that brings to light how bitterness, sorrow, and loneliness affects the elderly, this book is spot on, while showing Jesus is the only answer here on Earth and when we die and go to Heaven if we believe in Him. Thanks to Christian Women Affiliate and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Once I began this book, I was quickly turning pages and enjoying, and found myself rooting for these people, whom most of their family seems to have abandoned. This book takes place, mostly, in a beautiful nursing home, now I don’t find them to be beautiful, seems that weekly I hear something bad happening at them, but this one seems to be an exception. I wanted to walk in the beautiful gardens, and eat what sounds like gourmet dining. What I found the most compelling was the faith of many of these folks, and then how they are reinforced by the majority of the people that were surrounding them, and the warfare of trying to save others. This is one sweet read, and along with life’s challenges, there are some chuckles, and the forming of some wonderful friendships, and yes love. The author made this story so real to me, and when you read how she has spent her life, she really knows what she is telling us, and it is so well done.
MKWash More than 1 year ago
As a caregiver for several family members over the years, I have a special interest in books about the elderly. This one met all my expectations and more, so much so that I enjoyed it as much the second time I read it as the first. As the story opens, Sadie has just moved into a beautiful nursing home. The description of her adjustment to her new life is delicately-managed. The author carefully introduces additional characters, the various residents, their families, and the staff members whose lives intermingle with Sadie’s, and then fleshes out their stories beautifully, allowing each person to grow throughout the story. The author adds color to the story by including details about the beautiful facility, The Hickories, and with occasional mentions of specific foods served to the residents—we should all eat so well! There is a hint of mystery and a sweet romance, along with many insights into how families interact with older loved ones. Especially effective is her handling of how families, residents, and staff face end-of-life issues. Ms. Foth-Regner’s writes from her own personal experiences in caregiving and as a longtime nursing home volunteer. Her Christian faith is reflected in this delightful story that features real characters facing real problems who grow through them. A delightful read!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite Sadie is the main star of The Song of Sadie Sparrow by Kitty Foth-Regner, but she is not alone; she shares her days with Meg and Elise and the other residents. Jamie is a preacher who comes regularly to talk with the ladies and to offer them Bible classes and the chance to have a better relationship with God. Sadie quickly accepts God and truly believes that she will get to spend eternity with Him and see all of her loved ones again. Elise spends lots of time at The Hickories because her grandfather Papi is a resident and she has always been a believer, even though she has some questions that need answering. Meg does not believe and is unwilling to listen, learn or consider giving her life to Jesus or perhaps she does in the end (one can only hope so). The three ladies form a tight bond despite their ages and differences of opinion, and readers are blessed to share in their everyday life at the nursing home. What a wonderful story is told in The Song of Sadie Sparrow. It was impossible not to love this dear sweet lady who is in the twilight of her life living at The Hickories, a high end nursing home. The Song of Sadie Sparrow can and should be read by believers and non-believers as it is a heartwarming, sweet story. I enjoyed the discussions on different verses of the Bible, but did not find it to be too preachy as is sometimes the case in this type of book. I cried when Sadie was taken home and felt as though I had lost a true friend. I cannot say enough good about The Song of Sadie Sparrow and I highly recommend it to all readers.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
The Song of Sadie Sparrow, by Kitty Foth-Regner, is a book that will speak to you. Whether you are approaching retirement years or have family members at an age where they need help with their care, this story will really bring out some topics to consider. The story focuses on three women of different ages: Sadie is an 86 year old widow who has been moved to The Hickories nursing home by her daughter. Her daughter is so busy with her own life, she does not take much time for her mother. Meg has recently lost her husband and at the age of 58, she has made major changes to her life. She has ended her business and has taken a job at The Hickories. Elsie is a 32 year old single teacher who gave up her job to care for her grandfather. Her mother left when Elsie was very young and they have not heard from her or seen her for a very long time. Jamie is a young pastor who visits the nursing home. He leads the Bible study Sadie has joined, he spends time witnessing to Meg and he develops a relationship with Elise. First off, I love this story, and when I get old I want to be just like Sadie. She is so full of life and her imagination is very vivid. This story is so realistic, it is hard not to feel sadness for the residents who's families are so busy they do not visit them. I also like the idea of the nursing home having a staff member get to know the residents well enough to write a biography of sorts for them and their families. I wish that were something all homes would do. I really think the book will be enjoyed by many regardless of age or gender. I think it will open many peoples eyes to the need to visit the elderly family members who cannot get out.  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.