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Hardcover The Bluebird and the Sparrow (Women of the West #10) (Janette Oke Classics for Girls) Book

ISBN: 0764227122

ISBN13: 9780764227127

The Bluebird and the Sparrow (Women of the West #10) (Janette Oke Classics for Girls)

(Book #6 in the Janette Oke Classics For Girls Series)

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Berta Berdette should be overjoyed at the arrival of her baby sister. But instead, she immediately feels resentment. Everyone exclaims over Glenna's beauty, and Berta feels plain and ordinary in comparison. As the two girls grow up, Glenna is the sparkling, cheerful one, while Berta is the serious, dependable one. She can't help but feel she's missing something -- a certain joy that others, especially Glenna, have. Is Berta really only a product of...

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From Blackbird to Bluebird

This is a beautiful work of Christian literature. The story opens in June of 1894 when 3-year-old Berta becomes an older sister to Glenna. From the start, Berta feels displaced and rebuffs all efforts on the part of her immediate family to draw her in. Glenna, a ray of sunshine with light hair to match is adept at peace making, peace keeping and generally trying to assuage her older sister's resentments. Poor Berta can never let her grudges go long enough to enjoy life. When Glenna marries and moves to another town, Berta closes herself off from everyone. When their father dies, Berta withers in resentment. Things change for the better when Glenna returns for a visit with her then 2-year-old son James in tow. The family reconnects, the sisters, mother and their maternal grandmother. Berta Rose (Rosie) was born, some 4 years after James. Unlike Berta, he embraces his new role as a brother and delights in Rosie. In time, tragedy strikes. James, then 4 falls from a tree and dies from a closed head injury. Glenna's third child, Anna is born shortly thereafter. In time, Glenna and Berta have a heart-to-heart. Glenna says she prays to God daily to help her feel compassion instead of envy; she is not the naturally sunny personality people think she is. Slowly, Berta's emotional armor is chipped away. Once she accepts herself and lets go of her past resentments and allows herself to love Glenna unconditionally, then she is receptive to the love of a persistent suitor. I think this is a wonderful story about love and redemption and prayer. I like the way God is mentioned throughout the book and the reminders of how important God is to those who believe in and serve Him. As a Christian, I think this book beautifully illustrates compassion from a Christian standpoint. Berta reminds me of a Beatle song - 1968's "Blackbird." Once she took her broken wings and learned to fly, she saw that flying with the bluebirds (Paul McCartney wrote "Bluebird" years after his Beatle classic, "Blackbird") made for a happier life.

one of her best!

I have always wanted a younger sister, and I never thought of the bad things, I only thought of the good things about having one;untill I got one that is. This story reminded me of me and my sister. I was better off than the oldest one was though, because my parents believed in being fair to the end!After i read that book, i stretched closer to my sister, because i have realized the importance of sistership.thank you!

A heart warming story about sisters! I loved it!

This story is so wonderful! It just melted my heart! It's about two sisters. One is plain and ordinary and the other is beautiful and gets plenty of attention. It really touched me because I have two older sisters much like the main characture's younger sister. It really is a great book! If you have the means and have siblings I would deffinately recommend you buying this book!

It was the most emotional book I have ever read!

I felt so into it at the begining and at the end I felt wonderful, spiritlifted! I can never describe how wonderful this book was and how wonderful it will make anyone feel! A book everyone should read!

It was incredibly emotional

I loved it,it was so feeling.I felt what it would be like to be in that persons shoes.I absolutely loved it.Anyone looking for a spirit lifter this is a must read.
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