“She suspects that she has changed too much to ever fit
easily into English society again. The wilderness has now become her home. She
can interpret the cries of birds. She has seen vistas that have stolen away her
breath. She has learned to live in a new, free way.”
Colony, 1676. Even before Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians on a
winter day of violence and terror, she sometimes found herself in conflict with
her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her,
she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader and made a
pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people.
Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but
also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her
captors’ open and straightforward way of life—a feeling further complicated by
her attraction to a generous, protective English-speaking native known as James
Printer. All her life, Mary has been taught to fear God, submit to her husband,
and abhor Indians. Now, having lived on the other side of the forest, she
begins to question the edicts that have guided her, torn between the life she
knew and the wisdom the natives have shown her.
Based on the compelling true narrative of Mary Rowlandson,
Flight of the Sparrow is an evocative tale that transports the listener to
a little-known time in early America and explores the real meanings of freedom,
faith, and acceptance. Download and start listening now!