Sunday, April 10, 2011

Book Review: When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley

Christy here. If you read my blog, you will be getting a repeat when you read this post. Last week, Meg Moseley was a guest on my blog and I followed up with a review + a giveaway. This post is simply to share what I thought was a really great book. Some stories are worthy of repeat... to share with your friends and family... And this book just happens to be one of them!

When Sparrows Fall.
Debut novel from Meg Moseley.

What a book. I won't spoil this, but I was very worried the book would end sad. I mean, we have a mom and six kids. Miranda, our main character, is faced with a serious choice early on. I couldn't imagine how this story could turn out good.

Her children are very responsible for their age. For instance, Miranda's 10-year old daughter can prepare meals and helps look after her younger siblings. After Miranda receives news from her pastor that he is requesting everyone to move out of state, Miranda begins a serious fast and prayer time. Unfortunately, she tends to faint and does just that.... She takes a fall down a nearby cliff - and the children's Uncle Jack is summoned by Miranda's oldest son, Timothy, to come, and serve as their temporary guardian.

I couldn't help but love Jack. A typical guy in many ways. Christian, but loose. Not lukewarm in his beliefs, but I'd say the character is "real." I chuckled at how he would tease Miranda about her use of herbs, herbal teas, this-that-and other to help calm her nerves, to help her feel better, while Jack was sitting there with a swig of Scotch. What was the difference, he would ask her.

Not to say this is a book that promotes drinking. Not one bit. The book explores our relationship with God. This scene I'm speaking of was on the porch. This porch scene was just a bit of comic relief to an otherwise serious story.

The book looks seriously, though fictionally, at a relationship with God. While the church Miranda was a part of had to dress and act a certain way, it was completely smothering. Through Christ we are not to be smothered, but to be free. So many people don't "get it" when they view Christianity. They think it's a bunch of hard rules and do's and don'ts. The fact is God loves us no matter what we've done in the past. And when you learn about why He created us, you want to live a different way, because you want to please Him. Although, He doesn't ask that of us, but when you learn why Christ went to the cross, you want to do all you can to tell others about him and share the salvation that is so easily offered by the blood of Christ.

I know, I went off on a tangent. When Sparrows Fall is a satisfying story of rules, of rights, of wrongs. It's about wolves in sheep's clothing. It's about overcoming it all and living free in Christ.
I loved it. The characters of Miranda and Jack are very much alive in my imagination...

About the Author:
Meg Moseley is a Californian at heart although she’s lived more than half her life in other states.

She formerly wrote human-interest columns for a suburban section of the Atlanta Journal- Constitution, and home schooled for over twenty years.

Meg enjoys books, travel, gardening, her three grown children, and motorcycle rides with her husband Jon. They make their home in northern Georgia.


  1. Hi Christy:

    Your review makes me a little nervous. I’ve been looking for Christian fiction to be used to show how one church is better than another. Is Miranda in a ‘bad’ Christian church? I hope not. I’m not sure Christian fiction should go down that road.


  2. Hi Vince,

    Miranda is in a church where the pastor is going down a wrong road and trying to take his "flock" with him to help protect his mistakes. It's about a man who is in a leadership role who should not be there. Mason is the character I'm speaking of and his direction for his church is not for Christ, is not as Christ intended for the church that He speaks about in the Bible.

    Mason leads a strict regime. And I'm not saying that strict is bad, but in the way the author has portrayed this situation, it was not a healthy situation.

    I hope I didn't give you a misguided review. The book was great and not at all telling anyone not to follow Christ's way. It is published by Waterbrook/Multnomah.

    I hope you'll check it out and you can draw your own conclusions.

  3. Hi Christy:

    Thanks for the clarification. I had a suspicion that it might be anti-Amish or anti-Mormon when the leader wanted to move everyone out of state. Now I can’t wait to read it but it is not available as a Kindle until the 3rd of May. I don’t think I’ve read a review that made me want to buy the book more than this one!


  4. Vince, I'll second Christy's recommendation. I loved this book! Meg is very talented as an author and the story is a great one. The ending took my breath away.
    Can't wait for you to read it, Vince! I know you'll be a fan.

  5. I'm looking so forward to reading this! It's in my TBR pile calling my name. But first, I have to mail off my completed book! :)

    Back to my writing cave...