The Bluebird and the Sparrow

by Janette Oke
Series: Women of the West #10
336 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Kitti Kat

A good read for moral content. Teaches the beauty found in Christ.


Berta has always been jealous of pretty-baby-sister Glenna. She always had the attention of parents, friends and the young men. Not until they are grown does Berta begin to realize the truth behind Glenna's beauty - the light of Christ in her spirit.


Many great lessons are learned. Sibling contention is forgiven, bitterness expelled and hearts healed.

Spiritual Content

Berta is a bitter soul from a very young age and, consequently, suffers a good deal of emotional struggle. Her self-image is only based on her looks, which she considers plain, causing much unnecessary grief. She does everything right on the outside, but her heart needs to be broken to be healed. Of course, by the end of the book healing is found.


A building is burned down and a woman goes into shock, which may be disturbing for young readers.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

A few romances are related, but nothing untoward. A man helps a girl find healing through true love and friendship.

Crude or Profane Language or Content



A little bit typical, but well written. The persistence of Christ's love in our resistance is beautifully described. The romances are clean, but probably best left to more mature readers.

Fun Score: 3
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: adult

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