Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Alone Yet Not Alone - A Book Review

About Alone Yet Not Alone (novelization):

Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America's new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful family and a bountiful harvest. That is, until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French and Indian war and the devastating raid known as the Penn's Creek massacre.
The lives of this simple, God- fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by the Delaware tribe. Driven by their faith in God, and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hold firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.
Rich in historical details, Alone Yet Not Alone, is an inspirational, true story of a family caught in the crossfire of the French and Indian war.

Historical fiction is among my favorite genre of books to read, and when the story is based on actual events, it makes it all the better for me. I was really pleased to review this title over the past month. Christian fiction is great and everything, and I have read enough of it that has encouraged and inspired me. But isn't a story so much more compelling and faith building when you go into it knowing that the characters had a real place in history, and a real faith in God that they lived out? That does so much for my own personal faith.

This book is categorized as juvenile fiction, and as you would expect, it is targeted to the preteen and up group. I had thought that I would use this as a read aloud for my two daughters, as they love history. I did a quick flip through before reading it  before sitting down with the girls, and changed my mind. Not because I didn't care for the story, because it's a wonderful, and amazing tale of God and His provision. But, some of the initial content involving the Indian raid, and what happens to several of the family members in the story, would have been a little too scary for my almost 8 year old. So, I think it's best to wait a few years before she reads it. My older daughter would, and will love it, I'm sure, and I'll let her read it herself, but as an out loud reading time, I felt it best to wait.

It's usually somewhat difficult for me to write a book review, only because I don't want to give away all of the details, and ruin the experience for others. But I will say that this was  a difficult book for me to put down. I was on the edge of my seat, wanting to find out what would happen next. The faith of these women was just. . .wow!

This book is a special movie edition, so there are 8 pages of photos from the movie. I cannot wait to see it myself! The author concludes with a short note, and there are discussion questions to go through as well. All in all, this is a great book to add to your family's collection. I think you'll find that it will fuel your faith in God, and hopefully, push you to live out your own faith too.

About The Author:
Tracy Leininger Craven loves history and retelling real life stories in her historical fiction books. She also loves spending her free time in the great outdoors with  her husband David and their four children.

Alone Yet Not Alone (the book)
Written by: Tracy Leininger Craven
Publisher: Zonderkidz 
Paperback: 148 pages 

Now, would you like a FREE copy of this book to read and/or share? Then keep reading, because I've got a giveaway for you! For a chance at this, you can follow me and leave a comment. I'll select a person to receive a copy of this little gem. Your opportunity begins Thursday, August 29, 2013, and ends Thursday, September 5, 2013. Leave your email so I have a way to contact you!
Happy Reading!

About Alone Yet Not Alone (THE MOVIE):
Releases in theaters Sept 27th, 2013 - Find a Theater Here:

Families will love this film based on a true story!  Awarded 5 Doves from the Dove Foundation!


Starring: Kelly Greyson, Natalie Racoosin, Clay Walker, Jenn Gotzon, Joanie Stewart, Ozzie Torres, Tony Wade.

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    Sounds like a great story my daughter would enjoy. Will look forward to the movie, too. Thanks.

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  5. I am so hormonally distraught today this book seems to be exactly the story my brain needs to read and focus on. I love stories of desperation where people continue to hold an undying claim to their faith. :) Thank you for the opportunity to try to win this. Kristi from Colfax, WI