Recently I had an opportunity to read and review Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven. Alone Yet Not Alone is an inspirational true story of a family who was caught in the cross fire of the French and Indian War. The story takes place in Pennsylvania and begins right before the Penn's Creek Massacre when many children were taken captive and parents were killed. Sisters Barbara and Regina Leininger were both taken captive by the Delaware tribe but were later separated. Driven by their faith in God, and the memory of a song their mother used to sing to them, they know that they are never alone, and hold on to the faith that they will be reunited again. This 150 page paperback spans a period of approximately 9 years, and was written for ages 8 and up.
Alone Yet Not Alone has also been made into a movie that has been awarded 5 Doves from the Dove Foundation. The movie will be released into theaters on September 27th.
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First of all, I wanted to mention that although the age range is listed at 8 and up, this is really one of those books that parents should pre read before deciding if it is appropriate for your child. There is NOTHING graphic or gory in the book, but it does deal with a frightening topic. Children are kidnapped, families are massacred. A woman is burned at the stake. I think I would comfortably say 12 and up for an age range, and any younger than that would definitely depend on the child and the family. As a parent, it would be a very quick book to pre read.
I enjoyed reading the book. It is an inspiring and uplifting story and really shows in an amazing way the impact we have on our children. The Scripture and lessons these girls were taught at a very young age carried them through an absolutely horrifying experience and also had a positive impact on those around them. It is amazing all of the Scripture that Regina remembered even after years of not hearing the german language and only being allowed to speak in the Indian's language. I can honestly say that I do not ever remember being taught anything about the Penn's Creek Massacre while I was in school, so it taught me some history as well.
It is fairly short for covering such a long span of time. I wished at times some more of the gaps had been filled in. The book focuses mostly on Barbara and her experiences, and doesn't get back to Regina until the end of the book. It would have been interesting to include her experiences as well.
My 16 year old daughter read Alone Yet Not Alone as well and we both agreed that we are definitely interested in watching the movie when it comes out!
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