Alone Yet Not Alone is a riveting historical drama based on a true story by Tracy Leininger Craven. It captures the violence during the French and Indian War when the two daughters of a German-American family are taken captive during a tribal attack. The oldest daughter Barbara (Natalie Racoosin and Kelly Greyson) maintains her faith throughout the difficult years by holding on to the words of the family’s favorite hymn, “Alone Yet Not Alone”. 



I came in with high expectations for this movie and it managed to exceed my expectations. I was already familiar with the story since I’d read the book, and George Escobar and James Richards did a fantastic job of bringing the book to life on the big screen. There were a few minor changes from the book, but overall, they maintained the spirit of the story perfectly. 

I absolutely loved the cinematography. In addition to the breathtaking settings, I was impressed with the camera and choreography techniques such as the camera booms that revealed multiple vignettes all lined up on a hillside and the handheld jerky camera during times of turmoil and confusion. 

The acting throughout the movie was top notch. The female leads (Joanie Stewart, Kelly Greyson, Jenn Gotzon, and Natalie Racoosin) were particularly strong. If I didn’t know better, I would assume that Joanie always spoke with a German accent. And Jenn’s portrayal of Lydia being burned on the stake gave me chills. Her approach was so unexpected and yet so right. 

The only negative with the acting was that I didn’t feel the male roles were quite as fleshed out as the female roles. We were told that Galasko was the gentler brother and Hannawoa the evil one, but with the exception of the proposal scene and the cross country chase, we didn’t get to see the contrast as vividly as I would have liked. 

I would highly recommend this movie for anyone middle school or older. It would be a great resource for homeschoolers of other history lovers as it brings the French and Indian War to life. It’s also one of those rare movies that can be appreciated equally by men and women with its mix of intense action and tender moments. 

Joanie Stewart at the Nashville screening.


Alone Yet Not Alone played in select theaters this past weekend. It opens in the rest of the country in February. Be sure to check it out when it comes to your town! 

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a women’s ministry leader, popular media guest, and award-winning female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. Her filmmaking efforts have been recognized with dozens of accolades including the AFA “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Film Making”, four prestigious ICVM Crown Awards including Bronze “Best Picture”, a finalist in the Christian Retailing’s Best Awards and dozens of “Best Writer”, “Best Director” and “Best of Fest” festival awards. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture.


  1. The portrayal of Native Americans in this movie was abhorrent and extremely prejudicial and racist. This is inexcusable. The acting, with the exception of Jenn Gotzen, was atrocious and so very unbelievable. The cinemotography was awesome, though.


    1. Spoken like a true liberal!
      I mean really who are you to judge whether the indians were terribly misportrayed? Were you ever taken captive by Indians, dragged 300 miles from home after watching them kill and scalp your father and brother? I mean these were after all savages were talking about. Were they mistreated by the British and later Americans? Yes, but that does not change the fact that they did do these atrocious things. So please get off this prejudicial and racist characterization nonsense.


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