Many Sparrows by Lori Benton is a fabulous Christian historical adventure set in 1774 America.
Intertwining the lives of the Native Americans with the white Americans, enables the reader to become acquainted with the Native American way of life. They bind together, are fiercely loyal and generous. “Each family sharing what they didn’t need rather than hoarding it.”
Having been introduced to Jesus, the Native Americans try to adopt His teachings. They have an alternative way of life whilst embracing Christian values.
There is conflict within the novel which seems to me, to be stirred up by the white Americans who wish to make war and not peace with the Native Americans.
Names are important. Native American names reveal the character of a person. A name change is significant as it mirrors a change in character.
The theme of trust runs throughout. People have to choose who they can trust. God can always be trusted. “She had curled up her soul in fear.” Trusting God brings freedom because we know He is ultimately in control. When life seems bleak, we have to trust that God is good and that He will work all things together for good for those who love Him.
Family is important. A mother’s love runs deep and there is nothing she will not do to protect her offspring.
There is the theme of forgiveness. We must forgive even when the perpetrator of the perceived wrong doing is unrepentant. Forgiveness is as much for our well being as for theirs. Our burdens are released when we forgive.
A search to belong is a major theme. Home is not necessarily found in a location but with family.
I really enjoyed Many Sparrows. It gave me an appreciation for the Native American way of life and how they suffered at the hands of the army. I was educated whilst enjoying a cracking tale.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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