Tuesday, October 1, 2013

"The Journal" by Beth Harlow (historical fiction)

About the book:  When Mary gave a journal to her fiancé in 1861 before he left for war, neither of them had any idea how many hands would write in it over the next four years. The little book travels back and forth across enemy lines and almost takes on a personality of its own as the new owners read what others have written and add their own reflections. The Journal covers some of the major battles of the Civil War from a personal point of view. Each soldier who writes in the journal is in a different place in his relationship with God, and each draws strength and help from what others have written.

Review: All soldiers miss home and long to return to the ones they love. The Journal shares viewpoints of soldiers from the North and South during the Civil War. History is told as fictional Union and Rebel soldiers describe some of the major battles of the war, yet the war is personalized as soldiers from both sides of the war describe their hunger and loneliness. 

The journal begins its journey in the South but is found by a Yankee soldier who finds answers as he reads of the Rebel's love and dependence on God. Enemies understand each other better as the journal is lost and found by soldiers on both sides of the war. The Journal shares history and the gospel in a way that readers will enjoy. 

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Bookcrash on behalf of the author and publisher to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer and no compensation was received for this review. May be purchased at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A2FVKFAFYIN3FK/ref=cm_cr_yc_cdp?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview

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