Alone Yet Not Alone, a FlyBy Review and Giveaway!

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Aug 262013

The following is a review and giveaway opportunity for the book Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven, through FlyBy Promotions. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation has been received.


What would you do if the unthinkable happened? Your family are among the first pioneers to this land and are trying to make a way in a new world as immigrants. Life is hard, the land is rough and you are living on the frontier. When one day, during the war, you and your sister are taken as captives, you father and one of your brothers is killed in the attack and the farm is burned to the ground. Would you cling to the faith that had been handed down to you or would you turn your back on God?

I’m grateful I do not have to find out how I would handle that myself. However, I love history, and events like this did happen. Tracy Leininger Craven discovered while researching her family tree that this happened in hers during the French and Indian War in 1755.  Her family were early settlers who were in the middle of the Penn’s Creek Massacre. Barbara and Regina are captured, their father and brother are killed while their other brother and mother had left the area to go to the mill.

This is a story about courage in the face of adversity, faith in midst of losing everything and everyone held dear. Of a family ruthlessly torn apart yet keeping the hope of being reunited with loved ones remains strong. I was swept in with the telling of the story (even though it is juvenile fiction) and wished the book was bigger when I finished it. I wanted to know more of the history behind this telling and get to know the Leininger family better.

This book is a great addition to your children’s (reccommended for ages 8 and up) reading list. They will be learning about history (how much do you know about the French and Indian War?) and seeing faith played out in a story that is full of adventure and excitement (even boys should enjoy reading this).

Alone Yet Not Alone is also coming out as a major motion picture in a month (Due to be released September 27, 2013). You have no idea how excited that makes me. This is a good, family friendly family book (themes of courage, faith, family, perserverance are woven throughout the entire story, no sex, no cursing in the book) and I can’t wait to see how it is portrayed on the screen. I am so hoping they keep it clean so I can feel good letting my girls watch it when they get a little bit older (at nearly 7 and 5 I think they are a bit too young for seeing children getting kidnapped and war scenes) and when we study that time period. The movie does have 5 Doves from the Dove foundation and is recommended for ages 12 and up. Of course, use that as a guideline as you do know how ready your children are for certain things.



About Alone Yet Not Alone (novelization):
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 the Delaware tribe. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hold 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.
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 four children.
Alone Yet Not Alone (the book)
Written by: Tracy Leininger Craven
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Paperback: 148 pages
About Alone Yet Not Alone (THE MOVIE):
Releases in theaters Sept 27th, 2013 – Find a Theater Here:
Families will love this film based on a true story!  Awarded 5 Doves from the Dove Foundation!
Starring: Kelly Greyson, Natalie Racoosin, Clay Walker, Jenn Gotzon, Joanie Stewart, Ozzie Torres, Tony Wade.
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I highly suggest getting a copy of this book to add to your children’s reading material if you homeschool or not. It is rich of historical details, has wonderful family friendly themes running throughout and is a great book.

Would you like to win a copy for yourself? Just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite time period in history is to read about (either in giant history tomes or in historical fiction). I love the early years of our country from settlement through the Civil War and antebellum period and the World War II era. I will use to choose a winner the evening of September 6, 2013, whom I will email (so leave your checked email address in the space it asks for it when submitting a comment, no one sees it but me). The winner will have until Monday evening September 9, 2013 to email me back with their mailing address so I can send that information to FlyBy Promotions so they can mail you your book!

Oct 012012

The occult is unfortunately a very present entity in our lives. At least in the area we happen to live in. It seems to permeate nearly every segment of society and it has gotten to the point where we hardly notice it anymore. As Christians, that is something that needs to change. We need to better understand what the occult is, how it operates, the many facets of occult practice and what we can do about it.

A good resource to help us in this endeavor is Escaping the Cauldron by Kristine McGuire and newly published by Charisma House. Kristine is a former witch, medium and ghost hunter who has since repented.

In Escaping the Cauldron Kristine explains the different terms used in the occult, explains what is done, why it is done and yet doesn’t glorify it. She simply explains how one could end up down that road, what truly happens while being on that journey and offers hope that one can come out of that lifestyle. This book did a great job in educating me more about what the occult is, how it is embraced by so many people and even as to how it has infiltrated the church. Yes, there are those who call themselves Christian Witches and think nothing is wrong with it. She uses scripture to back herself up and explains how she has come down on her positions very clearly.

I honestly think that this is a book that every adult must read to have their eyes opened to the world that exists around them. And if you have a high schooler who is mature enough to handle it, I highly suggest that they read it also and have discussion with you about it. This book should be read by every pastor and anyone over a ministry that reaches out to people in the world. It will help you understand their position, how they got there and will aid you in reaching out to them with the Truth.

After I started reading this book, it was really driven home to me about how the spiritual world can work. I received this book and the day after I started reading it, I got tons of emails for horoscope readings, tarot cards and from mediums in thankfully my spam file (which I do check on a regular basis). I had never received that kind of email before, even in my spam box. It was very disconcerting to see the correlation.

I received a a copy of Escaping the Cauldron by Kristine McGuire from Glass Road Media Management for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, and no other compensation was received.

Sep 072012

Some books should be on everyone’s shelves. Or at least anyone who deals with a wide variety of people due to what they do for a living. When a Woman You Love Was Abused by Dawn Scott Jones is just such a book. This book takes the husband through what it is like to be married to a woman who has been abused sexually and how it will strain the marriage relationship and what he can do to help get through the pain of the past and move the family on into victory and triumph.

While I am not a husband, I can say that this book is dead on with what a woman goes through as an adult when she has to deal with any form of sexual abuse that took place when she was younger. This book is full of helpful advice on how to help your wife deal with the past in a constructive manner without making her feel worse. This book points out that even when the woman was the one abused, her husband and children are affected because of it too due to how she reacts to certain things, how she perceives her life and the load of guilt and shame she carries around with her. All of which can be triumphed through when the woman is supported, loved, treated in the proper manner and help is sought for her to to heal. This book is a great guide for husbands to realize that in a lot of ways, their wives can’t help cringing at their touch, that the anger that simmers below the surface isn’t because of what the husband has done, and that what the family is going through is typical when the wife has been victimized. I think the spouses of sexual abuse victims don’t get the recognition or tools to cope like they should and this book helps to bridge that gap.

This book is a must read for any man who’s wife has suffered because of abuse. This book also needs to be on the resource shelf for all counselors, pastors, lay leaders, women’s and men’s ministry leaders.

About the book:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 80 percent of childhood abuse victims later suffer from at least one abuse-induced psychological disorder. It’s proven that the effects of childhood abuse follow women into adulthood. Yet few men are prepared to deal with those effects, even when their own wife is the one who is suffering. And their wife’s suffering becomes their own suffering as their needs aren’t being met by a wife who is powerless to control her inner turmoil.

Author, pastor, and survivor Dawn Scott Jones candidly shares her own abuse experience to help husbands understand the varied emotions, fears, distorted thoughts, and triggers that hold their wives captive. In practical and accessible language, Jones explains the stages of the healing journey (processing denial, asking for help, grieving, expressing anger, learning to forgive, and finding resolution). Building on that knowledge, Jones then moves to an honest discussion of what husbands can do to help. Whether it’s creating a healing environment, understanding the need for control, building trust, or even just praying for healing, a husband plays an active role in helping his wife survive and thrive despite her past abuse.

Offering hope for a healthy marriage relationship, When a Woman You Love Was Abused answers the questions men have and offers the advice they need to help their wives finally find peace.

To buy the book, please go HERE

For over twenty years God has graciously used Dawn to touch the lives of people through her affecting personal testimony, her humor, and her writing. Dawn’s past challenges have deepened and enriched her ministry; enabling her to truly understand and relate to what others are going through.

Dawn is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God. She has served in various capacities including Executive Team Pastor, Small Groups Pastor, and Woman’s Ministry Director. Dawn travels Nation-wide speaking, training and consulting.

Find out more about Dawn Scott at

In coordination with the launch of their fall releases, Kregel will be hosting a live webcast event on September 20 at 8 PM EDT featuring authors Kim Ketola (Cradle My Heart), Teske Drake (Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow), and Dawn Scott Jones (When a Woman You Love Was Abused). The webcast will allow women to come together to share their struggles and fears in order to move toward healing and hope. Women will able to support one another and discuss shared experiences in a non-threatening, open and loving environment.

Cat Hoort of Kregel says, “”We are seeking to provide safe means for Christian women to be vulnerable with each other, to seek help and guidance from authors and counselors, and to find encouragement from those who have shared similar experiences. Our hope is that the Women Redeemed webcast will become a forum for hurting women as well as for those who can help. Kim, Teske, and Dawn are all survivors and their stories will surely inspire and equip other women to move toward healing and hope.”

To register for the event, just click here. {}

To read what others had to say about this book, go HERE

I was given a copy of When A Woman You Love Was Abused through Litfuse for the purpose of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

Aug 172012

Sometimes we all need a book to just escape for a bit. You know, one that takes place so far from our current reality to just entertain us and help us take a mini-brain vacation for a bit. Over the Edge by Mary Connealy does just that.

The book takes place in Colorado not too long after the Civil War ended. It is full of adventure, romance, overcoming the pain of the past and putting your trust in the One whom it belongs.

Seth Kincaid is a haunted man. Not just from the war, but from when he was a child and nearly burned to death inside of a cave. His family is torn apart and he blames himself. He ran off to the war, got injured, in prison, married and ran off. He has no recollection of getting married at all when his wife shows up. And man, what a wife she is. Tough as nails, fighter, protector. And she is full of surprises. And while getting her from Colorado City, there are even more surprises to rock the Kincaid family.

This book contains the themes of loyalty, manning up and the pursuit of truth, justice and family.

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I received a copy of Over the Edge for the purposes of this review through Litfuse. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received. Affiliate links are not included in this post.

Jul 022012

Have you ever wondered what the point was in reading the Bible? Especially in reading the Bible in a set amount of time like one year? Have you ever tried to do it but gave in because you felt it wasn’t doing any good or too much work?

Cover for the book Passages by Brian Hardin

Well, I have a new resource for you that may help you on your walk of faith.

I got a copy of Passages by Brian Hardin to read recently.

Brian Hardin, author of Passages

Brian Hardin

In Passages you learn how transformative reading the entire Bible is in a year. You get to learn of Brian’s story of how he came to believe in the power of the Word and to the founding of the Daily Audio Bible podcast that is downloaded by millions of people.

I will agree with the premise that there is something powerful about spending time in the word with like-minded individuals. Community is important. Each person brings a different perspective on the same topic. The camaraderie and fellowship with others doing the same thing does help to keep you accountable and does make life richer. I’ve been parts of groups before and seen this happen, so it makes sense that this would also apply to reading the Bible.

Brian also says that the Bible wasn’t meant to be taken a verse at a time. Like, read a few verses to say you got your quiet time done and then dash off to the next item on your agenda. The Bible needs to be taken as a whole, not in parts and be allowed to change you. I agree with that whole-heartedly. The back of this book contains reading plans to accomplish reading the Bible in a year, or if you are feeling more adventurous, reading the whole Bible in 90 days.

I can recommend this book to help spur you on in reading the scriptures. Let it help transform your life.

To read what other’s had to say about Passages, go HERE for the list for the blog tour.

I received a copy of Passages by Brian Hardin through Litfuse Publicity for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone and no other compensation was received.