Saturday, June 30, 2018

Author: Lori Benton


To Hope-Inspired Stories, for anyone who'd like to discover more about books and stories that uplift and encourage.

Several years ago, while teaching high school art, I found out I was as thrilled as my students when they won awards or were acknowledged for their accomplishments, and that promoting other people's good works was very gratifying. 

So it's my hope you are blessed with a message of grace through the words of authors featured here. 

Please join me each week as writers of fiction, nonfiction, and devotionals; of romance, mystery, historical and contemporary stories share their work.

To celebrate the 4th of July this month, I'll welcome authors who write stories about colonial America. My first guest is Lori Benton, author of five historical novels, her most recent entitled, Many Sparrows.

Author, Lori Benton

Lori's blog:

Many Sparrows
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (August 29, 2017)

When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, captured by Shawnees, she'll do everything in her power to get him back, including cross the Ohio River and march straight into the presence of her enemies deep in Indian country. Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderness and help her recover Jacob.

Once they reach the Shawnees and discover Jeremiah's own Shawnee sister, Rain Crow, has taken

custody of Jacob--renaming him Many Sparrows--keeping his promise becomes far more complicated, the consequences more wrenching, than Jeremiah could have foreseen.

A note: The authors presented on Hope Inspired Stories value your insights, so don't forget to leave a comment. You will be included in a drawing for a book by the author featured during that week.  

If you become a follower of Hope-Inspired Stories and leave a comment each week, your name will be added to a multiple-prize drawing at the end of this month. July's giveaway: a patriotic tote filled with other surprises which include DVD's, a beautiful journal and more, reflecting an early American theme.  

To further hi-light this month's stories about our country's birth, I've added youtube videos of hymns written during the eighteenth century. "Rock of Ages," written by Augustus M. Toplady in 1775, and sung by the Antrim Mennonite Choir, seemed to fit the tone and scope of Lori's book. Enjoy!

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8).

Hope-Inspired Stories Photo:  The beautiful photo of Sodus Bay, N.Y. during a particularly harsh storm on Lake Ontario earlier this year was taken by photographer and sister in Christ, Ginger Strom. Note the courageous lone seagull taking flight in the upper right corner of the photo.   

Thank you...May you all be blessed and inspired! 
Pat Iacuzzi 


  1. Hey Pat! Many Sparrows sounds really good. Not sure if I've read any of Lori's books....would love to read this one.

  2. Chappy! Ever the faithful trooper...Thanks for stopping in and the Lord's richest blessings. This story is very touching, in a good way. Also for Independence Day, copy the youtube song URL, and litem. Gorgeous!

    1. p.s. that's "listen" not litem (unless I turn it into "lit 'em")--meaning fireworks!P

  3. This sounds like my type of book! Thank you for introducing me to this new to me author. Love the photo of the storm on the lake as well. I grew up in NY on the Great South Bay, quite a ways from Lake Ontario, but I remember those storms! Blessings to you both!

  4. Hi Patti--
    Whoa! Great South Bay--I've been there.
    Lori's books are amazing, and I have them all. Hope you get a chance to enjoy them!

  5. Lori is at the top of my favorite author list. I am SO looking forward to reading Many Sparrows.

  6. So good to see you Pat and Lori! Lori’s novel sounds like another intriguing and passionate adventure as they try to retrieve Many Sparrows! Pat, I never realized that Rock of Ages was written in 1775. Thanks for sharing that.