Alone Yet Not Alone {Review & Giveaway}

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Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven is a true story about two young girls and their experience as captives during the French and Indian War. Halfway throughout the book, I noticed that the last name of the girls in the story was same as the maiden name of the author! I quickly leafed through to the "about the author" section only to find out that this historical event indeed happened to relatives of hers. I already was engrossed and thoroughly enjoying the book, but at this point, the events started coming to life knowing that this story was shared by someone personally connected. 
This book is recommended for children ages eight and is full of adventure and faith in God. I have a passion for historical fiction anyways so finding one that kids can appreciate, and from the perspective of a God fearing family is simply golden. My kids are younger than eight so I haven't shared this book with them yet but hope to use this in our homeschool when they are older. This will be a gem to use while studying the French and Indian war in depth. 

 I grew up on the East coast and our family is familiar with the setting that this story occurred. Reading about an area so close to us and picturing life,in detail, during the time of the French and Indian War really brings history for me. As a homeschool mom, it was a wonderful quick read to help put things in perspective as I teach my children about this time period. The setting is in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America's new frontier. The Leininger family believe and trust in the Lord and are celebrating the harvest in the beginning of this story. Suddenly, the tragedy of the Penn's Creek Massacre occurs.

The lives of this simple, family who trusted in God are changed forever when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by a band of Allegheny warriors. This story focuses on the determination and faith of these girls. They believe that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.

This is a powerful read and puts the Christian life in perspective. Anyone reading this is forced to ask themselves, "what would I do in this situation?" Would I have the strength to move on? Could I trust God and to believe that He is there in the midst of complete darkness? After reading this book I felt inspired and challenged. I did leave the story questioning a few things, wondering why some details were left out, but I don't want to spoil the story for you, you'll have to read (or see it!!) for yourself. 

That's right, Alone Yet Not Alone has been made into a movie and will be released in theaters June 13th 2014Reserve your seats to see the movie when it hits the big screen!

One THRIFT SCHOOLING reader has the opportunity to receive an additional copy! 
Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below.

Alone Yet Not Alone
Written by: Tracy Leininger Craven
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Paperback: 148 pages

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  1. I love that this is based on a real family!

    Thanks for hosting the contest!


  2. I love this post. I have been working with my youngest in the kitchen and she really loves to be there. It can be a real joy and time to connect. I love your suggestions!


  3. I love the soundtrack that Joni Erickson Tada sings and the movie looks wonderful...can hardly wait to read the book.

  4. I didn't know that the author's maiden name was the same as the main character of the movie/book.

  5. Looks like a good read. Always looking for something new to add to the collection

  6. I learned that it has received 5 Doves, the highest rating a film can receive.

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