The Strength of a Sparrow



is based on a true story--the story of the author’s parents.  The character of a tenacious young woman, Bouvette Sherwood, who is a successful New York Broadway producer and actress, drives the plot.  In the mid 1940s Bouvette meets and falls in love with a charming alcoholic, Hughie Hewitt.  He has a secret though, which he keeps from her during their intense courtship--he is a Catholic priest. Their love story unfolds into a kaleidoscope of intrigue, suspense, betrayal, and romance.


Later in life the author's mother thought of writing a book exposing to the world what she had gone through but was afraid of the repercussions and embarrassment that so doing would cause her and the innocent around her.  As an adolescent the author had many long conversations in regard to his mother’s life as a Broadway actress and her relationship with his father. 

 The author credits his mother’s optimistic ‘never quit’ attitude as his inspiration for his Life Lessons series of children’s books.  After his mother’s death he told himself that one day he would write her story.  Here it is.




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About the Author

Tim ‘Dr. Hope’ Anders is an award-winning children’s book author who writes under the pseudonym Dr. Hope, J.A.P.D. (Just A Pretend Doctor).  Born in New York City, he learned a spirit of optimism and humor from his mother that would stick with him throughout his life. When he was forcibly separated from her at an early age, these lessons empowered him to cope with his ever-changing surroundings.

He credits his mother, the heroine of  The Strength of a Sparrow, as his inspiration for his many value based children’s books. Dr. Hope vowed that one-day he would give children the same tools that had helped him cope with difficult situations and disagreeable people. And boy, did he. From the promise he made to himself came the award winning "Life Lessons Series," a series of children's books that teach children "life" lessons in entertaining and amusing ways.


Tim ‘Dr. Hope’ Anders

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Among the titles he has written are  Laughing Day, The Frog Who Couldn’t Jump, Chip, the Little Computer, Punctuation Pals, Wonderful Wuzs and Little Miss Contradiction. He has also written two self-help books: The Best Red Book on Weight Control and Pumping Iron: A Traveling Poker Player’s 10 Minute Hotel Room Workout

Tim ‘Dr. Hope’ Anders is also a part-time professional poker player and can be seen on TV playing in World Poker Tour events on the Travel Channel.

He is also a talented piano player, composer, lyricist, and producer. He has teamed up with Comic/Actor/Singer Russ T. Nailz and together they have created a series of delightfully humorous children's CDs and cassettes. On the CDs Dr. Hope's stories are brought to life through talented voice actors, special audio effects, heart-felt background music, and delightfully humorous songs that make kids think and laugh.

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Tim donates a portion of his royalties and poker winnings to ChildHelp® an organization that fights child abuse.  In 2005 the San Diego Chapter of ChildHelp® awarded him and his wife, the For the Love of a Child Award, to honor them for their years of commitment in helping victims of child abuse.   


Dr. Hope has a website where parents and kids can read several of his books and over 300 other children’s books for free. That site is:

Tim has another website for people who want to quickly improve their poker game. That site is:



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