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 to 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?
When her four-year-old son goes missing, nothing is going to stand in Clare Inglesby’s way of reuniting with him. Not the unknown of who had Jacob. Not the stranger who finds her beside the wagon. Not even childbirth. But Clare can’t fathom what a long and difficult journey lies ahead of her.
Many Sparrows beautifully paints a picture of a mother’s love for her child. The lengths she will go to in order to find him. And in that, it also makes even clearer the picture of what God gave up—his ONLY Son—for each of us.
Will Clare learn that the control she continues to reach for, the plans she continues to lay out to get her son, might not align with those God has for her? If she can just learn to let go, she might see that God longs to give her much more. More than she could ask or imagine.
Once again, Lori Benton immerses readers in her depth of story and history. In the arising conflict between the Indians and white men while allowing us into the daily lives of Indians in the last quarter of the 18th century.
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