Books

Sugar Birds: A Novel – She Writes Press, 2021

WINNER: 2021 AMERICAN FICTION AWARDS in Literary Fiction, General Fiction, Cross Genre Fiction

SILVER MEDALIST: 2021 READER’S FAVORITE AWARD in Inspirational Fiction

FINALIST: 2021 AMERICAN FICTION AWARDS in Religious Fiction

FINALIST: 2022 CHRISTIANITY TODAY FICTION AWARD


“Bostrom’s voice reminds me of Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing and Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.”―award-winning author Taryn R. Hutchison

“Bostrom’s prose is propulsive and detailed . . . a true page-turner all the way to the end. An engrossing tale of survival and redemption in the Pacific Northwest .”
―Kirkus Reviews

Northwest Washington State, 1985

For years, Harris Hayes has taught his daughter, Aggie, the ways of the northern woods. So when her mother’s depression worsens, Harris shows the girl how to find and sketch the nests of wild birds as an antidote to sadness. Aggie is in a tree far overhead when her unpredictable mother spots her and forbids her to climb. Angry, the ten-year-old accidentally lights a tragic fire, then flees downriver. She lands her boat near untamed forest, where she hides among the trees and creatures she considers her only friends—determined to remain undiscovered.

A search party gathers by Aggie’s empty boat hours after Celia, fresh off the plane from Houston, arrives at her grandmother’s nearby farm. Hurting from her parents’ breakup, she also plans to run. But when she joins the hunt for Aggie, she meets two irresistible young men who compel her to stay. One is autistic; the other, dangerous.

Perfect for fans of The Scent Keeper, Where The Crawdads Sing, and The Great Alone, Sugar Birds immerses readers in a layered, evocative coming-of-age story set in the breathtaking natural world where characters encounter the mending power of forgiveness—for themselves and for those who have failed them.

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Bostrom’s prose is propulsive and detailed . . . a true page-turner all the way to the end. An engrossing tale of survival and redemption in the Pacific Northwest .”
Kirkus Reviews

Sugar Birds is a powerful coming-of-age story . . .woven into a testament to the wondrous natural world . . . packed into one heart-pounding read. Highly recommended!”
Chanticleer Reviews

“Suspenseful. Lyrical. Redemptive. Bostrom’s voice reminds me of Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing and Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.”
―Taryn R. Hutchison, award-winning author of One Degree of Freedom

Sugar Birds is a tour de force, with protagonist Agate as uniquely powerful as The Hunger Games’s Katniss.”
―Dr. Lynne Curry, columnist for Anchorage Daily News and author of Beating the Workplace Bully

“Bostrom’s deft language, deep reverence for the natural world, and keen understanding of the human condition merge in this enduring novel of forgiveness and hope.”
―Ashley E. Sweeney, award-winning author of Answer Creek

“A riveting, redemptive story! I couldn’t put it down.”
―Sy Garte, PhD; award-winning author of The Works of His Hands: A Scientist’s Journey from Atheism to Faith

“Exquisite setting, unique characters, and a gripping plot . . . a page-turner that stays embedded in your soul.”
―Sara Easterly, award-winning author of Searching for Mom

“Equivalent to Delia Owens’s Where the Crawdads Sing . . . just as good, if not better.” —Janet Holm McHenry, best-selling author of PrayerWalk

“Stirring, intelligent, and lyrical, Sugar Birds was so worth the wait.”
―Mona Stuart, author of Raising Children at Promise

“Cheryl Bostrom’s hard-to-put-down Sugar Birds reminds me of the classic, My Side of the Mountain―one of those rare books that appeal to every age; full of depth, pages that turn quickly, and most of all, ebullient truth.”
―Katherine James, award-winning novelist; author of the memoir A Prayer for Orion

“This novel illustrates truth I know in my bones―that there is a great mending for all of my life-gashes and deep aches. Sugar Birds is the best book I have read in ages, and is a book for all ages.”
―Donna Vandergriend, former chaplain; author of Out of the Mouths of Grandbabes

“What an adventure! Cheryl Bostrom skillfully intertwines compelling storylines of two girls lost in wilderness of their own making―who find rescue and freedom through gifts of trust, healing of deep hurts, and forgiveness. It’s a book of hope restored.”
―Emily Polis Gibson, M.D. and poet, photographer, and essayist at Barnstorming.blog

Sugar Birds is in a class by itself . . .Bostrom is a writer of astonishing originality and talent.”
―Maggie Wallem Rowe, award-winning author of This Life We Share

“Beautiful literary fiction with an absorbing, well-crafted plot and attention to the natural world that remind me of Peter Heller and Leif Enger.”
―Sarah Guerrero, author of Break Through

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The View from Goose Ridge: Watching Nature Seeing Life – Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian, 2001

Now a well-loved classic, The View from Goose Ridge carries readers to the Pacific Northwest home of former WomenOf Faith.com columnist Cheryl Bostrom in this collection of devotional nature essays.

What do barn cats, manure in a field, a pygmy goat, a lonely horse, a muddy pond, and pruning have in common? They offer lessons of grace from the life of Cheryl Bostrom, columnist for the Women of Faith Web site (which gets more than 1 million page views a month). The View from Goose Ridge offers a refreshing look at the changing seasons in a woman’s life-and a wise perspective on living a life of faith with grace and gentleness. Original observations and often unexpected applications to God’s Word have made this column a word-of-mouth favorite. Women across the country are discovering the humor, hope, courage, and faith that can be found at Goose Ridge-and enjoyed by urban and rural women alike. Now readers everywhere can own a collection of the best of Cheryl’s devotionals in The View from Goose Ridge. It’s a fresh perspective for women of faith who need to be reminded of organic spirituality and God’s down-to-earth ways with us as believers.

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Children At Promise: 9 Principles to Help Kids Thrive in an At Risk World – Jossey-Bass, 2003

Children At Promise offers a breakthrough paradigm for raising healthy and responsible children who contribute positively to their world. School principal Dr. Tim Stuart and former teacher-of-the-year Cheryl Bostrom offer a practical book filled with illustrations that show how at-risk and advantaged children can realize their At Promise identity. Solidly grounded in tested educational and psychological theory as well as timeless biblical wisdom, Children At Promise provides parents and educators with the insights, motivation, and tools for raising successful children of P. R. O. M. I. S. E. character.
AT PROMISE stands for
A Adversity and pain can lead to growth
T Trust between a caring adult and a child

P Perseverance
R Responsibility for our actions
O Optimism
M Motivated by identity
I Integrity
S Service
E Engaged Play

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Enfants à Risques, Enfants à Promesses

Vous êtes futur parent, parent, grand-parent, éducateur, enseignant, élu… Vous vous interrogez sur l’avenir des enfants dans notre monde incertain et bousculé… Cet ouvrage vous propose de porter un regard neuf et positif sur la question : au lieu de voir l’avenir des enfants conditionné par les déterminismes sociaux et familiaux, au lieu de les marquer d’une étiquette, vous êtes invités par les auteurs à discerner les promesses qu’ils portent en eux et à leur permettre de les concrétiser. Selon Timothée S. STUART et Cheryl BOSTROM, Dieu a déposé en chacun(e) d’entre eux une promesse qui ne peut éclore que s’ils sont confrontés à des difficultés, à une adversité, qu’un adulte bienveillant – parent ou tiers – les aidera à surmonter. La réussite ne tient pas qu’aux déterminismes familiaux ou à l’aisance matérielle, elle se vérifie, affirment-ils, dans la capacité des êtres à s’engager au service des autres, à travers l’exemple des adultes qui leur ont servi de modèles. Et si vous étiez vous-même l’adulte qui aidera l’un (e) d’entre eux à faire éclore ces promesses ? Ce livre, fruit d’une longue expérience auprès des jeunes de tous âges et de tous milieux, fondé sur les théories de l’éducation, de la psychologie et de la parole de Dieu, offre de précieuses pistes de réflexion et des exemples concrets à celles et ceux qui veulent relever ce défi et porter sur la jeunesse un profond regard d’espérance…