Monday, September 28, 2009

A Note and The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow

Yeah so fine. I'm not really on much of a blogging break anymore. :) I'm still twittering, reading other blogs, and doing a heck of a lot of work. I still have a lot of BBAW (Book Blogger Appreciation Week) tasks to wrap up, some new projects in the works, and stuff like that. Essentially, my recent trip to DC was just enough to give me a break and remind me to take the pressure off myself.

Additionally, I had absolutely no idea how committed this week was! (no I don't use a blogging calendar) I put off a lot of blog tours to this week thinking once BBAW is over I'll be fine, forgetting that I wouldn't have had time to read many of the books. But I'm really trying to slow down on commitments since I envision a much different purpose for this blog and my reading next year.

Anyway, here's this week's CFBA the way, it seems my address didn't update again for October so I apologize in advance for the review-less posts. I think we got it sorted out (but I requested a lot of October titles)

About The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow by Joyce Magnin: 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 a shocking event. 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.



Lenore Appelhans said...

ooh - you are being all mysterious! I like it!

Sandy Nawrot said...

As a new blogger, I found it very exciting when I started reviewing ARCs, but soon realized that deadlines took some fun out of it. Plus I have hundreds of wonderful books sitting on my shelf that I WANT to read desperately. So I have decided to dial it down a bit on commitments and focus on my home stash. I am curious about your visions for your blog in the future, and what brought about this shift. Any hints?

Serena said...

I hope that your trip to DC was relaxing and fun for you. It was great to see you and the others again.

I wish there had been more time to chat, but alas mom was exhausted by the time dinner rolled around.

I have a similar issue with ARCs and commitments. I'm trying to slow down on those as well.

Renee said...

I'm one of those weird organized people. I keep a calendar of ARCs that have set posting dates for reviews... I try not to have more than 6 bks in any month right now - homeschooling four kids does take some of my time :)

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