The Sparrow Found a House by Jason McIntire: Book Review

The Sparrow Found a House 
by Jason McIntire 
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Third person; Omnipresent
Fiction
205 Pages

About the Book 
Back cover Blurb
What if your new stepdad was a Bible-toting Army Sergeant? 
Fifteen-year-old Jessie Rivera is living every teenager’s nightmare. Her widowed mom has married a man who wears his heavy Christian values like his sergeant’s stripes – on both sleeves. 
Glenn Sparrow is persistent, immovable, and not afraid to be firm. Worse than that, he’s loving, kind – even fun – and he has Chris, Moe, and Katie completely won over. 
But Jessie is determined that she won’t be won over, or give up her “freedom” without a fight. She knows what she wants, and it isn’t what they’ve got. 
Or is it?

Why I Choose this Book

Jason McIntire, the author of The Sparrow Found a House, contacted me back in June of 2014 asking me if I wanted to be a part of the book launch. At that time it didn’t work for me to do a book review, but I did host him on Noveltea. Then, earlier this year I read and reviewed Flight School, the second book in the Sparrow Stories series. Ever since then I’ve wanted to go back and read The Sparrow Found a House (referred to from now on as TSFAH)

What I Thought about this Book 

I’m not sure if it’s because I already “knew” these characters, but I enjoyed TSFAH a lot more than Flight School. The main character in this book is fifteen-year-old Jessie, although she shares stage time with her three siblings, Mom and new step-dad. It was easy to see that Jessie is conflicted by the changes going on in her family. She loves her mom and of course has a bond with her siblings, therefore she wants life to run smoothly for them but she can’t stand her new step-dad. I could feel her struggle and although I didn’t personally connect with her very much, I thought she was well-written and that a lot of people would be able to connect with her. 

A little list of things I especially enjoyed in TSFAH
1. The Creation Museum gets about a ten second appearance in the book which was cool
2. The parents are willing to apologize when they’ve done something wrong 
3. Ben. He was a cool friend for them to have
4. Each one of the characters were their own person and had their own personalities 
5. The fact that Jessie didn’t change all of a sudden
6. Camping. Of course camping. How could I not like camping?

Conclusion 
TSFAH reminded me quite a bit to A Song for Your Honorwhich is a true, modern-day story involving a homeschooling window and her struggles with the grandparents not agreeing with the conservative way she was raising her family. (I don’t agree with everything in A Song for Your Honor and there are times the story drags, but over all it is very encouraging – especially in the arena of forgiveness. I highly recommend it.) I actually really enjoyed the parallels between the two books and wondered at times if they were done on purpose or not. 

I didn’t find a huge a mount of stuff that I disagreed with in TSFAH and I thought almost all of the “teachable” moments were done tastefully and were not overbearing which is a hard trick to master. 
This book made me want to re-read Flight School and pick up on what elements of the story I might have missed my first time reading it. 
Rating 

I’m giving The Sparrow Found a House Four Stars and recommend it to kids and teenagers who want an interesting, God-focused read that will encourage them in their Christian faith. 

About the Author 

A 2005 homeschool graduate and partner in family business ventures, Jason McIntire writes as a hobby. His Christian stories are built around solidly biblical ideas, but packaged in his own light-hearted, often humorous style. (See their website here.) 

Flight School – Celebrating a Book Launch with a Review + Giveaway

I’ve got to start out this post/review by saying I’m pretty impressed by Jason McIntire’s amazing diligence, timeliness and organizational skills when it comes to setting up a book launch. I even emailed him for tips so I can have a head start for my next book release. Great job, Jason!

Jason first contacted me about reviewing Flight School several months ago and I’m happy I could agree to read it and be part of the book launch. (Book launches are exciting times for authors, folks!) I know that authors and their support crew spend so much time getting ready for the release of each new book and I feel honored to take part in this special day. 


Here’s a little bit about the book:

Back cover Blurb: On the verge of adult life, Chris Rivera is eager to get started on his career as a director of Christian movies. But he’ll have to do it without his best friend Ben, who has traded childhood toys for law books… and a very pretty study partner.
Meanwhile, Jessie is getting a lot of attention from conservative neighbor John and trendy friend Galen – each of whom, for drastically different reasons, seems a little too good to be true.
In the face of hard questions and big temptations, how do you know which choice is right? And where do you get the courage to make it?

Age Range: 12 and Up 

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction 

Pages: 257

Point of View: Third person, omnipresent, the story followed about five to ten people throughout the story 

Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads, Elisha Press 

What I thought: Flight School reminds me a lot of a book that should be read aloud to the whole family as a bed time story, one chapter at a time. There are a lot of situations that provide great lead-ins for parents to discuss their beliefs and standards with their children. 

The storyline follows the different members of the Sparrow/Rivera family and the adventures, problems, excitement and growing pains they experience growing up. I especially enjoyed reading from Ben’s point of view, probably because he’s the oldest (I think) and therefore I was able to relate to him the best.

This is the second book in the series and since I didn’t read the first book I was a little bit lost. For instance: most of the book I wasn’t sure how old the characters were or where they lived, but I was still able to figure out most of the story. 

It’s clear to see that a lot of research and thought went into Flight School and I always appreciate that in a book. Also, props to the editor. As an author I often cringe while reading because of grammar mistakes, but this book was wonderfully cringe-free. 

This book wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I did enjoy reading it. I felt like a lot of the “issues” that were talked about in the book were discussed one-sided and I didn’t agree with all of the conclusions, but that’s something I find rather common in books I read. 

The characters were interesting and a lot of them had their own story lines and character arches, which is something I often have trouble with when it comes to my own writing. All too often I focus on one character and everyone else is one-sided. Jason does a good job of making the majority of the characters come alive and hold their own place throughout the book.


All in all Flight School was God-honoring, entertaining and filled with experiences that a most people will be able to relate to and learn from. 


Giveaway, Giveaway, Giveaway! 

I’m pleased to announce that Elisha Press is generously hosting a giveaway where four winners will each receive a copy of Flight School. Check it out here! I know that as an author I’m always excited at the thought of getting to actually give out free copies of my books to happy readers so why not help spread the word and excitement? Happy readers unite! 



About the Author: A 2005 homeschool graduate and partner in family business ventures, Jason McIntire writes as a hobby. His Christian stories are built around solidly biblical ideas, but packaged in his own light-hearted, often humorous style.

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Congratulations, Jason! I’m so happy for you and your new book! 

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If y’all have a question for the author, just leave it in the comments and he’ll be by to answer them! 

The Sparrow Found A House // Giveaway + Free Digital Books

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The following is a guest post by Jason McIntire, author of The Sparrow Found A House, a Christian novel for young adults and families.

Aidyl Ewoh has kindly agreed to let me guest post on her blog today, offering you readers a chance to win your own copy of my book, The Sparrow Found A House. This is a distinctively Christian novel, targeted toward young adults but suitable for the whole family. It is free from any elements that would make you feel embarrassed or compromised. Rather, most readers report feeling uplifted and spiritually encouraged after finishing it. Here’s what a few of them have said:

“Before I was two chapters into this book, I knew I would be giving it five stars. I LOVED it. I couldn’t put it down – and it wasn’t because it was packed with action or romance. It was a simple story of family transformation. And it held me captive.”

– Alicia Willis, author of the Comrades Of Honor series and other historical fiction.

“I already knew I enjoyed the book… What I didn’t realize was how much my children were going to enjoy the book. We read it in record time! They kept asking to read more! If a book is penned from a Christian world view, is totally captivating for my children, is morally sound, and is well written, I consider it a keeper!”

– RaShell Southerland, homeschool mom.

“I loved the plot of this story. A family transformed by the love of a stepdad and God was heartwarming. Sometimes, living in a Christian home, I need to be reminded of how different my life would be without faith. Without getting into anything objectionable, this book reminded me of the transforming power of the love of God.”

– Sarah Holman, fiction writer and administrator of the Homeschool Authors blog.

“I will admit, this book was the first fictional one that caused me to seriously contemplate the way I live my life for Christ.”

– Renee, blogger at Molding Into A Lady.

Would you like your own copy of The Sparrow Found A House? Enter the giveaway below. Or, if you’re the type to use a digital reader, you can download the book from our website in Kindle or ePub format. For the purpose of maximizing impact, we’ve chosen to make our digital editions available free. If you’d like to purchase a printed copy, you can order it from us, or through Amazon.

From The Back Cover

Fifteen-year-old Jessie Rivera is living every teenager’s nightmare. Her widowed mom has married a man who wears his heavy Christian values like his sergeant’s stripes – on both sleeves.

Glenn Sparrow is persistent, immovable, and not afraid to be firm. Worse than that, he’s loving, kind – even fun – and he has Chris, Moe, and Katie completely won over.

But Jessie is determined that she won’t be won over, or give up her “freedom” without a fight. She knows what she wants, and it isn’t what they’ve got.

Or is it?