More Than Sparrows

Christian - Thriller
233 Pages
Reviewed on 07/09/2019
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Author Biography

How does a terminally curious child who grew up relishing books about inventors and scientists, and made engineering and computers his career choice, end up in mid-life as an author of Christian fiction?

It took many years, but I finally realized the allure was story. The creative exploits of Edison and Ford, the heady accounts of space exploration and medical marvels … well, it drew me in like a magnet. Light bulbs and penicillin were not simply made, but rather born of struggle, inspiration, passion, and sometimes even Providence. The characters weren’t perfect and faced multiple obstacles in their quest to do something special. In the end, the story was often as profound as the discovery or achievement itself!

This same intrigue trickled over into my faith as I recognized similar themes throughout the Bible. Already an avid reader, I decided to answer an innate call and learn more about the writing craft. I joined the Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Apprentice program. A portion of the curriculum challenged students to outline an idea for a work of fiction. Before long, I penned the story that became my first novel, Working It Out, which addresses a controversial, but timely topic, and a few months later, the second fiction manuscript, More Than Sparrows, took shape.

I’ve been married twenty-eight years to my much better half, Melanie, and we reside in Indianapolis, IN. God blessed us with one son, three daughters, two cats, and just enough energy to keep up.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite

Patty Humphrey thought it would be just another Sunday morning helping her husband, Associate Pastor Matt Humphrey, when a mysterious stranger walks into church service. It starts as just another "meet and greet" common to pastors' wives and church secretaries until the stranger, Artie, draws Patty into a conversation about purpose and spreading the faith. The conversation turns into not only a timely word in season for both women but begins a friendship that tests and strengthens the faith of both women as they struggle to step outside of their roles - Patty as a church wife and secretary, and Artie as a homeless woman - to spread the gospel to the struggling community around White River Church. More Than Sparrows by D.A. Greiner is a beautiful story of love, hope, acceptance, and seeking purpose in a crazy, mixed-up world.

One thing I particularly enjoyed about More Than Sparrows is how boldly it addresses the issues of stereotypes and purpose. Everybody struggles with questions of faith and how it lends purpose to life, to our individual role in this world, and with struggles of the stereotypes we must face when we find our role. D.A. Greiner handles the questions of faith and identity masterfully through the realistic characters, a compelling plot, scriptural references, and a frank discussion about what it means to spread the gospel in a world that doesn't welcome it. I also like how Greiner ties the characters together as they pray and work through their personal struggles and issues. This is a beautiful story of faith, redemption, hope, love, courage, patience, and endurance. If you enjoy Christian fiction with enough action to keep you turning the pages to the very end, this is the perfect book for you!