Friday, August 30, 2013

*The Journal*

This slim book is an excellent story as well as a window into the lives of the soldiers who fought the War Between the States.
This is a novel made up full of journal entries from both Yankees and Rebs, all writing in a little book that traveled widely during the war.
The journal was lost in battle, confiscated from a prisoner, stolen from a soldier's cot.... Each man who found it read the words of the ones who possessed it before, and then felt drawn to write in it himself. 
Even more strange, he felt like he understood the other men whose hands had held this book...
even though they were supposed to be enemies with nothing in common. 

Yet there it is, preserved in a journal: Yankees and Rebs both imagining the sweethearts they left behind, both writing home to the families they've left, both thinking about what waits for them after death if a bullet or a minnie ball finds it's mark.
Both encountering the One who made them all and gave His Son for them, becoming brothers in Christ.

Each man in this book revealed his heart in his brief entries, through simple words the way a man would, and each new owner of the journal was moved by the journeys to faith he found recorded there.

I highly recommend The Journal: Lost Memoirs from the Civil War .

A native Texan, Beth Harlow and her husband, Gale, live in Franklin, Tennessee, where one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War was fought. They have three children and are members of Brentwood Church of Christ in Brentwood, Tennessee. Beth spends as much time as she can with her four grandchildren–Claudia, Lukas, Zachary, and Tegan–and spends the rest of her time painting, gardening, reading, and writing.  The Journal is her first novel.

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