The Sparrow

Author: Mary Doria Russell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407057022

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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'The Sparrow is one of my favourite science fiction novels and it destroyed me in the best way when I read it. It is so beautifully written and the construction of the narrative is masterful.' Emma Newman, acclaimed author of Planetfall Set in the 21st century - a number of decades from now - The Sparrow is the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and talented linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who - in response to a remarkable radio signal from the depths of space - leads a scientific mission to make first contact with an extraterrestrial culture. In the true tradition of Jesuit adventurers before him, Sandoz and his companions are prepared to endure isolation, suffering - even death - but nothing can prepare them for the civilisation they encounter. Or for the tragic misunderstanding that brings the mission to a devastating end. Once considered a living saint, Sandoz returns alone to Earth horrifically maimed, both physically and spiritually, the mission's sole survivor - only to be blamed for the mission's failure and accused of heinous crimes. Written in clean, effortless prose and peopled with memorable characters who never lose their humanity or humour, The Sparrow is a powerful, haunting fiction - a tragic but ultimately triumphant novel about the nature of faith, of love and what it means to be 'human' and widely considered to be a classic of the genre.
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Song of the Sparrow

Author: Lisa Ann Sandell

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0439918499

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 394

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In fifth-century Britain, Elaine, who lives with her family in the military encampments of Arthur's army, describes her perceptions of war and the people around her as she becomes involved in the struggle against the Saxons.
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The Sparrow

Author: Jamie Horwath

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1477262512

Category: Fiction

Page: 28

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Jasper and Ben live a humble life at Hopson’s Funeral Home. They spend their days taking care of the recently deceased. On a stormy evening, a mysterious drifter appears at their door in search of some honest work. In need of a gravedigger, Ben takes the man in. After a night at the cemetery, the drifter begins to notice strange occurrences that will inevitably change his life forever. Delve into small-town paranoia and secrets as The Sparrow launches you on a supernatural experience.
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The Sparrow

Author: Jason Mott

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1459245865

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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In this short story by Jason Mott, author of The Returned, one determined couple seeks to reunite a young girl with the father who thought he had lost her forever… When Heather and Matt Campbell find ten-year-old Tatiana Rusesa on the side of the highway, she is thousands of miles away from her village in Sierra Leone. She hasn't seen her family in almost two decades, not since she and her mother were killed by rebel soldiers. Now Tatiana has inexplicably returned, a lost orphan with no place to call home. As the world dives deeper into uncertainty and chaos, Heather is determined to save Tatiana and help her find her way back to her family. But how much is she willing to lose to protect a girl she doesn't even know? Learn how the mysterious reappearances begin in The First, and don't miss Jason Mott's unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, from Harlequin MIRA, a moving tale of a family navigating this unusual new reality and given a second chance at life.
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The Bluebird and the Sparrow

Author: Janette Oke

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 0764202537

Category: Fiction

Page: 251

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Sometimes she wished she was an only child . . . "She's lovely! Look at those curls. Those blue eyes. She's just beautiful!" Berta was used to hearing comments like that. But they were not about her. . . . Whenever ladies came to the house or met her mother on the street, they exclaimed over Berta's little sister, Glenna. Somewhere along the way, Berta decided that whatever Glenna was, she would not be. Whatever Glenna did, she would not do. Whatever Glenna liked, she would not like. She would be the opposite. Sure enough, Glenna is sparkling, vivacious, outgoing, and adored, while Berta is serious, dependable, and prim. Their relationship grows more and more distant until, finally, Berta must look into her heart and discover what truly has caused the rift between them.
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Eye on the Sparrow

The Remarkable Journey of Father Joseph Nisari, Pakistani Priest

Author: Rosemary Colgrove

Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group

ISBN: 1936400871

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

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""On a blistering Punjabi morning, Father Joseph approached the group of village headmen gathered in a courtyard. Seated on charpoys in a semicircle, the men did not look happy. Eyes glared and turbaned heads stared, their enmity palpable as they fingered their swords. Suddenly, an old man with a dirty turban approached him nervously. 'Are you the priest who reported this problem?' Joseph said that he was. 'You have done a very bad thing. These are dangerous men. If somebody points a finger at them, they will cut off that finger. Calling them to come here is a big insult. This cannot have a happy ending.'"" ***** "Eye on the Sparrow" chronicles the extraordinary journey of a young Indian-born boy who overcomes poverty, discrimination, and horrific historical events to become one of Pakistan's first indigenous Catholic priests. Growing up amid mosques and madrassas, often walking twenty miles for a holy day celebration, Joseph's story is an insightful (often humorous) account of how a darkskinned Bhatti from Hindu's lowest caste, aspiring only to serve his God, succeeds beyond anything he could have ever imagined. Set against the background of Pakistan's rich and complex history, "Eye on the Sparrow" reveals a unique and compassionate culture that has been torn asunder by the subjugation of foreign rule, the agony of partition, and the oppression of a politically turbulent Islamic state. As Western governments struggle to balance democratic ideals with religious extremism, Father Joseph's story offers a compelling message of faith and hope in the face of terrorism and ignorance.
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Triumph of the Sparrow

Zen Poems

Author: Shinkichi Takahashi

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802198279

Category: Poetry

Page: 192

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“You need know nothing of Zen to become immersed in his work. You will inevitably know something of Zen when you emerge” (Jim Harrison, American Poetry Review). Shinkichi Takahashi is one of the truly great figures in world poetry. In the classic Zen tradition of economy, disciplined attention, and subtlety, Takahashi lucidly captures that which is contemporary in its problems and experiences, yet classic in its quest for unity with the Absolute. Lucien Stryk, Takahashi’s fellow poet and close friend, here presents Takahashi’s complete body of Zen poems in an English translation that conveys the grace and power of Takahashi’s superb art. “A first-rate poet . . . [Takahashi] springs out of some crack between ordinary worlds: that is, there is some genuine madness of the sort striven for in Zen.” —Robert Bly
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The Spider and the Sparrow

Author: Danutë Kaunas

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477174974

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 26

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One day, as I was walking in the forest, I sat down to rest. Looking around I saw a big spider spinning his web. When I looked around I saw many webs, but they all seemed to belong to this particular spider. The days were getting cooler and the spider wanted to catch as many bugs before the winter snows. High above the spider’s web, a little sparrow was flying home to his nest, when a big hawk swooped down on him. Surprised by this sudden attack, the little sparrow fought for his life. When the hawk’s claws lifted him high in the air, he turned and struck the hawk with his sharp little beak. Momentarily stunned, the hawk dropped the sparrow who fell and disappeared amongst the trees in the forest.
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Ask Not the Sparrow

Secrets of a Course in Miracles

Author: Pamela Dresang Schueller

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1438977328

Category: Religion

Page: 412

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Inspirational/Spiritual/Self Help 357 pages Ask Not the Sparrow ...lively sessions by Course teachers to confront any impasse on our journey to serenity, spontaneity, and lasting joy! Ask Not the Sparrow takes us on a revealing roller coaster ride through the secrets of a remarkable course in individual transformation: A Course in Miracles. Without a doubt, A Course in Miracles itself is compelling. "Do you want peace... happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty of purpose and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world...care and safety, and the warmth of sure protection always?" By turns intense, demanding, gentle, humorous, and surprising, Ask Not The Sparrow confronts us with the Miracles secrets that will change minds and lives, bringing us ever-closer to new insights, freedom, serenity and spontaneous joy. Sessions by more than fifty student teachers of A Course in Miracles unveil a revolutionary message of hope, confront our rigid ideas of what reality is, unveil a startling new view of Jesus, and point the way to present, lasting happiness, profound peace of mind and natural, spontaneous joy. Ask Not the Sparrow is a provocative companion book for students of A Course in Miracles, or any disciplined spiritual path you may choose to travel on your journey "home." A thoughtful, gradual reading of this remarkable, new, no-nonsense approach to transformation will startle and challenge your mind and spirit, and for those who are open to its revolutionary message of heaven here and now, will change your life and give you "wings" to fly. More information at: Devotedtomiracles.com Email: [email protected]
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Warrior And The Sparrow

Author: Crystal Inman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1611600073

Category: Fiction

Page: 351

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Willow is a simple woman who keeps her father's house. A loner by design, she exists unnoticed among the village beauties. That is, until the day a stranger tears through town hell-bent on fulfilling a prophecy no matter the price. Tait needs Willow. It's as simple and complicated as that. Dark days loom for their entire world. A sleeping sickness has spread all the way to the royal kingdom while a madman lets loose a disease on the masses that tears apart the very fabric of humanity. A powerful warrior destined from birth for a dangerous quest. A world ravaged by an evil presence that will stop at nothing short of complete domination. A remarkable woman who risks everything she is or ever will be to save both.
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