Eye On The Sparrow: A Memoir

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By: D. A. Gregory

D. A. Gregory was born and raised in Queens Village on Long Island, N.Y. She and her husband of 54 years lived in Europe, Florida and Kentucky. After raising two children and working as a church and legal secretary, a preschool teacher and children's Sunday School leader, she retired and had time for her artistic painting and love of writing. Of her three children's books, the family favorite is on Amazon entitled, "Lillian Rose Wants a Turtle," based on her granddaughter's childhood wish. This, her first biography, is a poignant Memoir vividly recalling the pain and lifelong scars of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of a tyrannical father. The author's struggle with parental rejection and her doubts of self-worth and insecurity send her on a purposeful search for identity and truth. At times, love come through her mother and other relatives like beams of bright light dispelling the darkness. In young adulthood, a perceptive "messenger" was sent who saw her need and led her on a faith journey to her loving, caring Heavenly Father. This is a riveting story of overcoming and sensing God's watchful eye on His child that reshaped her destiny and turned years of dysfunction into a life worth living. So, step back into the 1950's as the author weaves the culture of that day's innocence, tragedy and tradition with childhood imagination and humorous relief. Truly, her life is a testimony to God's immeasurable saving grace, love and protection, asserting, "His Eye is on the Sparrow."

Praise for Eye on the Sparrow: A Memoir:

Dee Gregory has written a heartfelt memoir, telling of her childhood with an abusive father and of overcoming difficult trials in her life. She is a Christian woman who tells how her faith helped her to grow beyond her incredibly difficult experiences and to share that faith with others. The story is sad but heartwarming. - Pam Collins

I thoroughly enjoyed the intriguing story of Dee’s life in Eye on Sparrow. Her thoughts flowed well and moved the book along very quickly and this made for an engaging read! Well done in every aspect. - Alice Fishlinger

Dee grew up in a very dysfunctional family. Despite her circumstances God’s mercy & grace are obvious in Dee’s testimony. Once Dee gave her heart & life to the Lord, the Lord in turn gave her the ability to forgive and blessed her with being a very successful wife & loving mother & grandmother. - Shirley Scobie

Dee’s story is a perfect example of the power of God. Such a testimony of how the Lord can take a situation that Satan meant for evil and bring such good out of it. Dee through God’s grace has been used all these years to touch so many lives with her sweet spirit and her personal testimony of how God had a purpose for her life.  - Linda Freshour

It grabs your interest in the first few chapters while remaining compelling and relatable through the final chapters. I highly recommend this book; it’s truly worth your reading experience! - Dan Carden

What an open and honest memoir! I hope writing this book and her deep faith brought healing to her life. The title stumped me but is was awesome how she compared her life stories to that lifeless sparrow. A must read! - Jacqueline Poyner

Eye On the Sparrow is a wonderful book and I loved it. I couldn't put it down and was blessed reading it. I encourage everyone to read it!! You won't be sorry. - P. Walker

D. A. Gregory has written a powerful message of growth, of overcoming difficult experiences and of faith in God. Her life experiences will be an encouragement to the reader. - Sammy Hughes
 
Dee Gregory has written a powerful message of growth, of overcoming obstacles and of faith in God. Her life experiences will be an encourager to the readers." - Janice Hughes

A beautifully well written inspirational memoir on how a person's strength and faith can get one through life, no matter what obstacles must be faced. - Christina Hughes

This book will bring many emotions to the surface. It made me laugh and cry and I enjoyed reading it immensely. - Lupe McMillan 

Gregory's novel vividly captures the vibe of the era...beneath the wholesome American dream were struggles outwardly unknown yet significant in her young life. God's sovereign care, in spite of broken people and challenging circumstances, is the golden thread that shines through Dee's story. Christ's love indeed covers all. Let the reader be encouraged that His eye is on the sparrow and on each individual! - Melinda P.

 

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Published: 2023
Page Count: 238

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Doris Cothron
Eye on the Sparrow

D. A. GREGORY WRITES A BOOK OF INSPIRATION AS WELL AS A PERSONAL MEMOIR
By Doris Cothron

One of the saddest sights to one of compassion is the sight of a small lifeless bird lying on the
ground, for in that scene lie no hope, no future, no recovery. What could have been a creature
of beauty, God-given melody, a symbol of freedom, and a momentary source of peace and
inspiration will never be.
Yet in D.A. Gregory’s book His Eye on the Sparrow, a personal memoir published in 2023 by
Dorrance Publishing Company, Gregory skillfully uses the fallen sparrow as a symbol of her own
life. However, she proves there is hope, there is a future, there is recovery for a fallen one who
does not belong.
When I first saw the title of the book, my mind went immediately to the song “His Eye Is on the
Sparrow” written by Civilla D. Martin in 1905, later put to music by Charles H. Gabriel. Often I
had sung the song receiving inspiration from knowing God’s all mighty eye was ever watching.
After reading Gregory’s work, I perceived her story, her life as a total rendition of God’s eye
ever watching, guiding, healing a broken sparrow.
The organization of the work follows chronologically the times, the emotional upheavals, the
influences that serve to ameliorate to some degree the pain the author feels as a young girl on
into adulthood. It follows the author’s progression into marriage, becoming an Air Force wife in
Italy, adopting children. Thus, the narrative is easy to follow.
As a young adult Gregory learned her dad’s reaction to the news of her coming birth when after
a planned dinner meant to be a celebration of her mother’s pregnancy, he responded “GET RID
OF IT!” The abuse the author and her mother receive at the hands of the tyrannical father
serve to inundate their homelife with pain, fear, tension, embarrassment. Yet her mother Doris
is the foundation and the source of the love and support that enable the author to contend
with life. Her grandparents are the additional love so needed.
However, as a source of relief there is a degree of humor within the pages as the author dallies
with and deceives the young man who so patiently gives her space while she, a teenager, learns
her lessons maturing to the point of eventually accepting his marriage proposal.
Yet in the background always is the dad who never abandons his hard-core attitude of despising
the entire world and all those in it. Then there is the mother-in-law who personifies the “evil”
classically attributed to some mothers-in-law. How the author keeps a spark of kindness and
civility in the face of such bitter dislike and acts of harassment becomes a miracle in and of
itself. How the author as a daughter maintains hope and attempted love for her father to the
very end of his life too constitutes an incomprehensible miracle.

The transitional format that Gregory uses to tie chapters together in addition to chronology is
ingenious. At the end of each chapter, she uses Scripture passages to sum up the chapter, to
give the chapter new meaning. Yet this technique accomplishes more. It reveals the source of
the inner nature of the author, the fallen sparrow, to take heart, to keep hoping, to keep
fighting for life’s better meaning and outcome. For the reader these scriptures also provide
inspiration, Bible study as the reader sees Biblical meaning personified . . . maybe even to the
point of realization of the Scripture’s greater depth as was the case with my sister to whom I
gave a copy of His Eye on the Sparrow as a Christmas gift.
I especially enjoyed the book because there were many incidents, ideas, and attitudes with
which I could associate, for many, a reason to read. Though the author grew up in Long Island,
New York, and this reader grew up in rural West Kentucky, I found myself remembering the
cultural mores of society of the fifties and sixties just as she described them. As a Christian I so
understood the process by which she and her husband ultimately came to an Easter morn “altar
of prayer” on a mountain in Italy. I also had fought that spiritual trip as a young girl but had
eventually taken it. When Gregory and Herb, her husband, decide to strike out across the Alps
in a storm of sleet and snow, I find myself screaming at them, “Why in the world! Keep your
tails home until the weather clears!” Having traveled through the Alps, I knew there was
absolutely no way I would have ever started out in a Volkswagen in such conditions. Yet, being
stranded in a most precarious place in the mountains during the blinding snowstorm and
surviving is fact of God’s all-seeing eye as well as a miracle that foreshadows other miracles that
will continue to occur to strengthen Gregory’s resolve and her faith.
As a Christian high school and college writing teacher, I highly recommend this book as it is not
only a well written book but also a portrayal of a fallen sparrow coming to life, a melody of
God’s Word echoing truths, a freedom denied a fallen sparrow becoming one of ...

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Jacqueline Poyner
Eye On The Sparrow

I recently ordered the book " Eye On The Sparrow" from your bookstore. What an open and honest memoir! It touched me deeply as Dee Gregory seemed to be writing my life story too. I hope writing this book and her deep faith brought healing to her life. The title stumped me but is was awesome how she compared her life stories to that lifeless sparrow. A must read!

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Dan Carden
Eye on the Sparrow

I read extensively, but I’ve never read a book of “Memoirs”, and my initial apprehension was quickly subdued. It grabs your interest in the first few chapters while remaining compelling and relatable through the final chapters.
I highly recommend this book;
it’s truly worth your reading experience!

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P. Walker
Eye on the Sparrow

Eye On the Sparrow is a wonderful book and I loved it. I couldn't put it down and was blessed reading it. I encourage everyone to read it!! You won't be sorry.

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Janice Hughes
Eye on the Sparrow

In her book, "Eye on the Sparrow - A Memoir", Dee Gregory has written a powerful message of growth, of overcoming obstacles and of faith in God. Her life experiences will be an encourager to the readers.