Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father…. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31
Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would…
In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can recover her son…especially when her second child is moments away from being born.
Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?
Achingly beautiful, Many Sparrows by Lori Benton is one of my favorite books of 2017. Similar to The Wood’s Edge (The Pathfinders series), Lori Benton takes aim at the hearts of women—particularly mothers—who would read this story. Be prepared to descend to emotional depths rarely tapped in Christian fiction. Eventually, you will emerge with a new appreciation for the sovereignty of God as well as a fortified resolve to wait on Him.
From the beginning, I empathized with Clare Inglesby, who at 8 months pregnant was being jostled around in the wagon her husband was driving deep into hostile Indian territory. All too late, he realized how foolish it had been to ignore the advice of the men in Redstone. All too soon, Clare would give birth to their daughter and lose their son. How far would you go, what fears would you face, and how patient could you be in order to be reunited with your child?
I absolutely recommend Many Sparrows to book clubs! Whether your group tends to favor historically intriguing plots or captivating slow-burn romances, this book possesses both. Additionally, Benton opens the door for discussions about acting according to our will vs God’s, the testing of our faith, and being living witnesses to unbelievers. For an emotionally charged, God-glorifying story, look no further than Lori Benton’s latest.