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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Alone, Yet Not Alone - Review and Giveaway

What does it really mean to have faith even when you fear God has turned His back on you? Is it possible to hold onto the thing you were taught as a child in order to endure a future you never thought possible? Such are the questions author Tracy Leininger Craven hopes to stir in the reader's soul in her novel Alone, Yet Not Alone based on the true story accounts from Tracy's family.

Just as the Leininger family had begun a new start in life in Pennsylvania during 1755 after leaving behind the persecution in Germany, all they knew is that faith had gotten them through the worst of times. What they now had was their faith in God, freedom and a chance to begin to establish new traditions and raising their family in belief of God's promises. As Barbara and Regina, 12 and 9, were watching over lunch preparations on their family farm, two Indians showed up unannounced in their small cabin. Believing that no violence would be necessary, Barbara's father sends the two girls to the stream for fresh water, while hoping the Indians will just take the tobacco offered and leave.

Little did Barbara and Regina know but their father and older brother would be killed, the cabin burned to the ground, and they would be carted off to join countless other white woman and young children as Indian captives during the French-Indian War. Believing their father's promised to never lose sight of God in any situation, they encourage one another through the words of Barbara's favorite song, Alone, Yet Not Alone. She inspires this kind of courage and faith in her younger sister that no matter what God will never leave them alone and that one day, they would be reunited with their mother and brother who had gone to town that day and escaped the family's brutal murder.

The one thing Barbara could never imagine is having her sister Regina, taken from her and being carted off to another Indian tribe. Now all she could do was pray for their safety and for a way to escape when the time came. Her only ally was a childhood friend, Marie, whom she grew up with as a neighbor and between the two found solace in encouraging one another in their prayers and faith. Barbara was fortunate that her Indian captor seemed to have a kindness and gentleness about him that provided her with a safety net of sorts as she was taught the warriors ways of living, including dyeing their faces, wearing warrior clothes and adopting the Allegheny ways of worship. But could she give up the belief her family raised her to know about the one true God?

I received Alone, Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven compliments of Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan Publishers and Media Connect for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own. This novel is coming to  movie theater soon based on the events captured in this novel based on true events. Tracy Leininger Craven emphasizes that it was that faith in God that kept Barbara and Regina together when they were miles apart, and that some hope that stayed within their hearts long after they finally escaped to freedom. This is the story that will strike a cord in those that feel deserted and through this story you will find living proof that the power of God's love withstands the test of time in any situation. I easily give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and am looking forward to seeing this in the movies.

Now for the best part, thanks to the generosity of Media Connect and ZonderKidz, they are providing a giveaway copy to one lucky follower of my blog Reviews From The Heart. Here are the details to enter:

1. Be a follower of my blog Reviews From The Heart. 

2. Be a resident of the US or have a US mailing address. Please No P.O. Boxes.

3. Leave a comment below telling me why you'd love to win a copy of this book along with your email address. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

I will notify the winner of the giveaway by email when it ends on May 2nd. 

For more information about Alone Yet Not Alone, Tracy Leininger Craven or where you can pick up a copy of this book today, please click on the links below:

You can also find out more about the movie adaption of the book on Facebook. 

You can also find out more about the upcoming movie by visiting Alone Yet Not Alone's website. 



  1. Hello, This book sounds to be very interesting to me. I like books about when this country was becoming settled, and also felt sorry for the Indians being pushed back when they were here first. Was a very trying time for everyone. I would be very happy to win it. And, sure hope I get to see the movie when it comes out. I am a follower and live in the USA, in Texas. Please put my name in and will be hoping for a win. Thanks! Maxie mac262{at}me{dot}com

  2. What a fascinating movie trailer and your review was very interesting.!
    I would like to win because of the way faith is portrayed throughout the story. It would have been so hard to go through what the members of the family had to endure and what a testimony to God that they were able to overcome the horror of their captivity.
    I am follower of Reviews Of the heart and live in Ohio
    Thank you.

  3. The movie was filmed in my hometown. I can't wait to see it. But would mostly love to read the book.
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  4. This book sounds really good. I love the history and the time period and would enjoy reading it. Thanks for having the giveaway.
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