Sharing Library Gate
Friends are Treasured Live Roses Here.
Come, walk and talk with Jesus too,
in the Beautiful Garden of Prayer!

RoseBouquet blog logoRoseBouquet Blogs!
Attention Visitors! I apologize that this site is not yet Responsive in Design - It is coming!

Ruth Marlene Friesen - author and site owner of Ruthe's Secret Roses - Welcome!
Ruth Marlene Friesen: Welcome!

This site is like Ruthe, the heroine of my novel, Ruthe's Secret Roses

Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
rescues friends,
has creative ideas,
likes to give surprise gifts,
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and marriage,
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile

So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
& regularly/daily
how to grow in faith
Christian mentoring,
how to share your faith

God tells me I am His own - does He ever tell you that? You can find out how by reading my novel, Ruthe's Secret Roses

Song Search at

A Book I can Highly Recommend

The Bluebird and the Sparrow

by Janette Oke

Published by Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 1-55661-612-0 (1995)

I must confess that for some years I've thought of Janette Oke books to be nice, but rather simple in plot, easy to read, but more like chocolates for Christian women, something to nibble on while doing other, more important things.

However, I've just finished a small pile of them, and must say that I was really drawn in emotionally. This book particularly, led me to identify with the older sister in a way that astonished me. No doubt there are many other older sisters who have had similar experiences of being the responsible one, while the younger sister gets all the attention and adoration.

What I liked especially, was Oke's mature and fair treatment as to how these attitudes are nurtured and developed over many years. She traces Berta's from the time she was three and waiting for her younger sister Glenna to be born, right through to when Berta was in her 30s and becoming like the spinster librarian she was assisting. Her awakening to the problem came gradually too. She did not get transformed suddenly.

But oh, I was glad to see how gracefully and tactfully, Oke handled that transformation. This book would be emotionally helpful to any woman who finds herself feeling like she is the plain sister in the background, always being there for others, but feeling short-changed in other ways or when comparing herself to more forward siblings. - Do not avoid this book if you are in that position. You will do yourself a favour to read this book, The Bluebird and the Sparrow.

I found the resolution satisfying. Yes, I shed some tears, but they were of a cleansing kind.

There is romance in this book as well, but it is woven in so subtly, and appropriately for the characters; not something tossed in gratis, so it can be sold in the romance category.

Again, I must say as a writer, I gained a lot of respect for Oke with this book. The writing is mature, and so professionally well done, that one only notices the characters which have come to life.

It almost makes me wonder if Oke has had personal experiences along this line. It is handled so realistically.

Back to index of Reviews

Your #1 online Christian Bookstore for resources and giveaways
Ruthe's Secret Roses - by Ruth Marlene Friesen - now available in print at!

Ruthe's Secret Roses available in softcover! Purchase it at and it will be in the mail to you within 48 hours!

The novel:
Order NOW
Read it Right NOW!

Available at:

Subscribe to the RoseBouquet and get My Passions for Jesus and for Others as your free gift

Site Hostess:
About Me
Reach Me
Media Kit
In the Garden
RSS feed! RSS
Privacy Promises
Site Map
Best Friend

Tips & Solutions

© 2001-2021 Ruth Marlene Friesen ~~ Bouquet of Enterprises
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada ~~ All Rights Reserved.