Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
An Eye on the Sparrow: The Bird Lover’s Bible by Sally Roth is a must-have book for anyone interested in birds, nature and/or the Bible. Roth transports the reader back to Biblical times and lands in a study of the birds that play prominent roles in well-known Biblical accounts. The author also includes lesser known instances. Verses and stories from the Bible containing references to birds are analyzed. The birds are discussed in detail, providing the reader with information as to the birds’ environments and typical habits in the Biblical era compared to here and now.
As soon as I started reading this book, it was obvious that Sally Roth put a great amount of time and effort into writing it. I can tell that Roth did a huge amount of research as the book is written in depth and discusses so many birds. Roth’s passion and enthusiasm for the subject is apparent as well and I love the layout of the book and the style of writing. The humor, knowledge, and little tidbits interspersed throughout left me feeling that I had learned so much about birds, but gained a deeper understanding of Biblical accounts as well. Heather Dieter Bartmann’s illustrations are a nice addition. I am not good at identifying various birds when I see them; therefore it was helpful to see a picture of the bird that I was reading about to help connect the name and details with the illustration.