Alone Yet Not Alone ~ The Movie

Alone Yet Not Alone is based on true events in the life of Barbara Leininger.  This book tells the story of a German immigrant family in the 1700s America and how their lives forever change with an attack from Indians. We then journey with Barbara as she faces this new life of captivity with unwavering faith that the Lord will sustain her and carry her through. She recalls her father’s words reminding her that the Lord would not leave or forsake them, she remembers sitting by him as he read the Bible and she recalls her mother singing “Alone Yet Not Alone” to her and her sister, Regina.

After years in captivity, Barbara escapes with fellow captives and returns home. Barbara’s sister Regina was also taken captive. They were separated and lived in two different tribes. Eventually the remaining captives were set free and Regina finds her way home.

I must confess upfront that I broke a very important rule: I saw the movie and have not read the book. My daughters (Mary, Bekah, and Lydia) have all read the book. When we heard that a movie based on the book was being released, I felt pretty confident we would eventually purchase the DVD when available. However, we were able to enjoy a special showing in the theater.

Mary, who loves this book, found that HIS Radio/WRTP, a local Christian radio station, was giving away tickets online. I took a few moments to enter and then forgot about it. Last week we checked the mail and discovered that we had won four movie tickets to see Alone Yet Not Alone. Exciting? Oh, yes! My three girls and I headed out to see the movie with hopes that it would hold true to the book.

What did we think of Alone Yet Not Alone?

This movie has a PG13 rating and while the violence is not graphic, there are times where it can be intense. When the tribes break into the homes, fights between English soldiers and the tribes and the portrayal of a woman being burned. (They show nothing graphic here but it is implied). Lydia, who went with us, is only 10 and had no issues with the movie. (She has seen movies such as Lord of the Rings and it in no way compares.). I would let my seven year old watch it but only if she was familiar with the book beforehand.

**A momma’s note: Since this movie is rated PG13, I let my girls know that the previews would probably be for other PG13 movies and to be prepared for distasteful, inappropriate images. I encouraged them to just look away. During the previews I kept my ten year old engaged in conversation.

This movie was very well done. Based on my conversations with my daughters, the movie lines up well with the book. There are places, such as a meeting between the English officers and Tribal Chiefs, that were not included in the book but helped to develop the story line of the movie.  It has a character named Lydia who is not in the book but represents some things that happened in the book; like a mother whose baby is taken from her.

I appreciate how one side in this war was not made to be the “bad guy”.  Throughout the movie, we see faults on both sides but we also see compassion and kindness. It was a war that brought much suffering and loss on both sides and that is clearly shown throughout the film.

While life in captivity for Barbara was easier on her than others (like her friend, Maria), Barbara’s heart and faith are always with God and her family. When she is faced with having to marry Galasko (the Tribal Chief’s son) , she realizes that she must join her friends in trying to escape all while understanding the consequence if they are captured again.

I came into this movie prepared for it to fall short of my expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised. This movie is well done. The scenery, the acting, the story…all were engaging and well played. Since I had not read the book, I found it suspenseful at times. More than once, I teared up at the emotion displayed. We will definitely be purchasing Alone Yet Not Alone when it is available so our whole family can enjoy.

If you have the opportunity to view a selected showing, go see it! It will be released nationwide February 21, 2014. Plenty of time to read the book first!

If you want to dig a bit deeper with Alone Yet Not Alone, a  free downloadable study guide available. This would work well if you are studying the colonial period in history or as a family if you want to discuss the themes of the movie.

 

**This blog post contains my opinion on Alone Yet Not Alone. I am simply sharing my thoughts and opinions on a movie I viewed.This is not an official review and I have received nothing in exchange for this post.

The Big Kids ~ Then and Now

Tonight we were over at a friend’s house for dinner. As I was sitting and enjoying the conversation, I looked across the room and saw my three big girls sitting on the couch together. For a moment, it took my my breath.  Time seems to be passing by more quickly each day.

I remember when I had just little ones.The teenage years seem so far away. It is as if I turned around and they grew up while I wasn’t looking. How did they do that? How did that instantly grow up to be these lovely young people that bring such joy to my day?

Caleb, Bekah, Mary and Lydia – 2005

To the mom of little ones:

Savor it.  These days of little sleep and potty training. Enjoy the moments. Rock your babies. Cuddle up for book after book after book. Make playdough.  Read the Word to them.Treasure the endless energy and sticky fingers. Do not grow weary.  Sit on the floor and play Candyland.  Sing the silly songs.

Caleb, Bekah, Mary, Lydia – 2013

To the mom of older ones:

Savor it. Maybe sleep is interrupted for late night talks. Enjoy this time of sharing and knowing one another. Sit up late and watch a movie together. Read their favorite books. Make playdough (you know it’s fun!). Read the Word with them. Treasure this time.  Have the difficult discussions. Encourage them to learn and grow. Do not grow weary. I’d still sing a silly song or two. Just because.

I’m both. I have older ones and little ones. I wouldn’t change a thing. My world is beautiful. Take time, momma, to enjoy the beautiful moments whether your child is little or big. The moments are flying……

Happy Birthday to my Lydia LuLu

A few days ago, we have the pleasure of celebrating Lydia Lu’s 10th birthday. This girl knows how to party!  Due to scheduling conflicts, instead of celebrating on her actual birthday we delayed it a day or two.

The day of celebration began with a free summer movie at the theater, an afternoon full of water guns and water fights and ended with fried chicken, cake and ice cream.

Lydia is a treasure. She is always smiling and laughing. Want to chat? Lydia is your gal. She never meets a stranger and no matter where she goes she has a friend. I love her bubbly personality. Big sister? Oh, yeah. She loves to read to the younger ones and happily rocks the baby whenever needed.

With some coloring pencils and sketchpad, Lydia is content. Drawing after drawing…I love to see what she comes up with. And I can’t wait for the day I see her driving around in her orange VW bug.

Every time I hear her giggle (and her laugh is a true giggle and it is contagious!), I am so thankful that the Lord spared her life. An placental abruption  sent us rushing to the OR like a scene from a medical TV drama. I will forever be grateful for the Lord granted Dr. M the wisdom and skill for an emergency c-section. Love my Lydia Lu.