Monday, April 28, 2014

Music Monday: Book Review and Giveaway: Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Propeller Consulting LLC , for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Alone Yet Not Alone is an adventure packed story based on a true story of a family caught in crisis. The Christian-film adaptation is releasing this summer, on June 13th

You may have heard of the recent media attention surrounding the movie Alone Yet Not Alone, when its theme song received an Oscar nomination. The resulting controversy surrounding the Academy’s decision to rescind the nomination provided an unexpected spotlight on this small, independent movie and we couldn’t be more grateful for the support it IS getting. Check out the song first, before we get to the review: 

 

And now for the book!


aone yet not alone cover

Synopsis:

Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America's new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and 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 a band of Allegheny warriors. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hole 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 cross fire of the French and Indian War.

Review:

This early chapter book is recommended for children ages 8 and up, and is perfect for blending history and our Christian faith. It has adventure that kids love to hear, history they may be unaware of, and Christian values present in a realistic, honest way. Is is an interesting story of how the early founding of America was not easy, and about 2 very different cultures. It is a way to explain how children's great great great grandfathers lived and fought in America. The book also has an insert with color pictures from the movie, to help kids who haven't seen the movie, picture the characters.

My only caveat is that coming from a Native American background, I wish more of the Indian culture had been explained, rather than presented as 'the bad guys'. While some . Obviously because this book was written by a descendant of the girls, it is favorable to them and their story. But knowing the Native culture, I know there are 2 sides to every story. Which is why we'll have a discussion on the Iroquois and what was happening to their culture and way of life, prior to Miss Grace reading this book (or seeing the movie). I believe that kids need to know the whole picture, not just be given one side and told that is how it was.

Overall, the book is about not giving up, and keeping one's faith, and that is to be celebrated.


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 three children.

RESERVE YOUR SEATS TO SEE THE MOVIE: 


Giveaway:

One lucky BTHM reader will win their own copy of Alone Yet Not Alone, the movie adaptation!

NOTE:
Propeller Giveaway Rules:
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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