Monday, August 10, 2009
Abingdon Launch--The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow
The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow by Joyce Magnin is the first of Abingdon's launch for their new fiction line. Other novels in the launch will be featured here as they release.
Joyce has this to say about her first book contract and novel:
My writing journey all started when the Martians landed. I was in third grade, totally in love with books and I wrote a story about Martians. It was an instant hit and my teacher suggested that I might be a writer. Turns out, she was correct. It was all I ever wanted to do. Of course my journey from third grade to published author was long, circuitous, and littered with rejection letters. But when Barbara Scott at Abingdon called with the offer I knew in that same instant that as always, God's timing is perfect. I have not questioned the journey since. It all makes sense.
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 prayer. When Agnes prays things happen, including major miracles of the cancer, ulcer-healing variety and 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." Agnes doesn't want a sign 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. 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.
Read Joyce's blog, The Uncommon Story, here.
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