This is a sweet and touching tale of a young woman who finds personal satisfaction in helping others rather than indulging herself. It does a masterful job of illustrating how unfulfilling life is when its chief goal is the pursuit of material gain. The peace the characters find because of their pure and doubt-free faith in God, heaven and redemption made this a "can't-put-it-down" read for even this cynical human being! You will not regret reading it; it is uplifting in many ways. Enjoy! (This would also be a GREAT Christmas gift for people in your life who are tired of bad news, people indulging their own desires rather than considering others, or who think we lose our human value when we develop wrinkles or a limp!)
Fans of author Kitty Foth-Regner take note: this is her best yet! Kitty weaves her narrative around Sadie Sparrow, newly arrived at The Hickories, an upscale skilled-nursing facility. The storyline keeps us rooting for characters from widely different backgrounds as their paths intersect. Kitty’s careful research shines through the authentic details of daily life at this best-in-class residence for seniors. (If only every nursing home could be so pleasant!) Each person’s arc plays out in small steps, so that their character transformations seem not only plausible but inevitable. Fans of faith-based literature, in particular, will find wonderful affirmations woven carefully throughout the story.
Fantastic! I didn't want it to end and surely hope Foth-Regner will write sequels. She created such fascinating, real characters, she could write a spin off novel on every one. I'm a Christian fiction snob. I think most Christian fiction novels are cheesy and pity. But this I would recommend to Christians, seekers, those of any faith who like a good story and all who live an assisted living facility or love someone who does. The other reviews say so much I agree with about the plot, characters, message, writing style, so I won't repeat their words. Suffice it to say you may not like or agree with every character or Foth-Regne's entire world view but this book is for you no matter what. Her plot twists, arguments, unanswered questions really get you thinking and praying.
A wonderful story to share with family and friends. It brought forth memories of caring for sick parents and looking after a dear Aunt with Alzheimer's. Sad memories mixed in with many happier days, always with the hope of a better future.
My wife read this book and related to me numerous parts which we often discussed. My wife's mother was in a nursing home for several years and my wife related to Kitty's story to the degree that at times it brought her to tears. The book reveals much insight to the problem of parents, friends and others in Nursing homes and their concerns and struggles. It also helps us on the outside to understand those in the nursing home. It would have helped us greatly to have read the book first, and the reading would have enabled us to better cope with the common nursing home experience. A great very well written story based on the reality that many of us many someday face, written from a Christian standpoint. A masterpiece of writing and insight.
A friend recommended this book for my mom who is going into a nursing home. It’s purely a good fictional story, but based on truth and real people, describing the lives and relationships of a group of folks in a nursing home where the writer apparently volunteered for many years. It’s an entertaining read and very heartwarming. Great gift for an elderly parent of grandparent! (I bought 3 copies).
Many of us have distinct beliefs as to what happens to each of us upon death; others of us believe that’s it – we then no longer exist anywhere, except in the memories of those we’ve loved. Still others believe there has to be something more, perhaps much more – and we’d like to know precisely what that will be; but can we know until it happens? And often, we have what, to us, are sound reasons for those beliefs. Why this diversity of opinions and arguments on what is clearly of such importance to many of us, especially as we all age?
Author Kitty Foth-Regner clearly respects the intelligence and sense of each of the three multi-generational women, and the young man, who become fast friends in her book while living or volunteering in The Hickories nursing home. Despite the fact that each of the women has a different set of beliefs about the post-death experience, ranging from Meg’s feminist atheism to Sadie’s conservative Christianity!
This is a book you can feel safe in offering to, and discussing with, those you care about -- without fear of insulting your reader – which makes it unusual within the realm of such sometimes-anger-provoking works. Which opens the long-closed door to many much-needed conversations. You’ll be offered a broad, cross-generational exploration of the evidence available within each belief system among the people you care most about. Especially as the years roll by, and each of us loses dearly loved ones.
You may very well be surprised to find yourself and others seriously considering ideas other than your own from another, happier point of view … or feel even more trust in what you’ve long believed (or often, longed to believe!) … based on the weight of evidence Kitty has documented, and woven gently into her sweet story.
To get the most from this book, be sure to share it – and then prepare for many productive hours of very meaningful, clarifying conversations.
This is not the sort of book I'm used to reading, being a fan of suspense and political thrillers, but my wife encouraged me to read it. I'm glad she did. It's a great story, involving unforgettable characters (especially Sadie Sparrow). A welcome change of pace for me and highly recommended for any reader, especially if you have a loved one who is elderly, or expect to grow old yourself.
The Song of Sadie Sparrow is an amazing book! It is both interesting and engaging . The characters are so real to life that I did not want to say goodbye when the book ended. This book brings a message of encouragement, hope, and healing. Most importantly, it gives insight into how to find the true meaning of life. (Marsha Headley author of “Prayer Dynamics”)
I just finished The Song of Sadie Sparrow, it was wonderful!
The characters really draw you in and you give the reader such a great description of the The Hickories, it's fun to visualize it. I want to go there.
I enjoyed being a part of Megs journey through the book. It's a very realistic story of denial or skepticism, then, ultimately, reflection and realization. Elise and Jamie's story is refreshing. Sadie Sparrow is endearing and you feel sad about the void her daughter creates, however are comforted by her time with Jamie and her friends at The Hickories, also her happiness toward the end of her days.