Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven

As I settled into the couch to read Alone Yet Not Alone: Their Faith Became Their Freedom by Tracy Leininger Craven, I had no idea I would be so pulled into this young adult book. Written for ages 8 and up, it is the novelization of a true story of an American family in the mid 1700s. The story tells of the Leininger family, whose busy faithful lives were torn apart by the French and Indian War.

Two sisters, Barbara and Regina, become captives of the Indians and are forced to deal with the massacre that kills their father and brother, while their mother and other brother are away from their home. The sisters are forced to walk, hands bound, for miles and miles. Then the Indians separate the two sisters and Barbara reaches deep into her faith to survive years of living as an Indian captive. Making friends with several other captives, including a friend she knew before their captivity, four of them plan a dangerous escape. Barbara's faith keeps her focused through the trials of life and she prays constantly of seeing her mother, brother, and sister again.

I read this book from beginning to end without stopping and loved it. It's a gripping story that truly relays the personal story of living through a very bleak time in a young lady's life. This amazing book has been recreated in a movie that releases on September 27. It stars Kelly Greyson, Natalie Racoosin, Clay Walker, Jenn Gotzon, Joanie Stewart, Ozzie Torres, and Tony Wade. You can check here for a theater near you. The film has already been awarded Five Doves by the Dove Foundation. You won't want to miss this one!

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