The Secret Diary of Sarah Chamberlain

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The moment she saw the small brown book, a loud roar filled Em’s ears, accompanied by a sharp pain to her head, followed by dizziness. She emitted a soft groan.

Book: The Secret Diary of Sarah Chamberlain by Sarah Norkus, Living Ink Books, 2012

Genre: Historical Fiction/Adventure
Target Audience: Girls 13-18
Subjects: Civil War, Time Travel, Trials, Trust in God
Summary: Cancer for her, loss of home for her aunt, loss of husband for Sarah. If God really exists He must not care much for His people. That’s Emily Grace’s conclusion. After some of the struggles she has faced she starts to doubt God and His love, but when she finds an old diary and reads about the murder of an innocent man right at the end of the civil war she makes her decision. God just simply doesn’t exist. As soon as she makes her decision, her life completely changes, but not in the way she thought. She finds herself unconscious, wakes up and she is back 150 years ago and a loss of memory. The family she falls in with is very godly, openly professing a faith she had denied 150 years in the future. As the days go by, she faces choices that will affect not only her and her time, but the past as well.
Notes: This is the first in the time travel series about a girl in her mid-teens who finds a diary hidden in an old house and travels through time to learn more about the character of God and grow in her faith. In this book the girl has to learn trust God even when bad things happen. The book does a good job covering the spiritual elements. The spiritual focus of the book is the theme running through the entire book. And (spoiler’s warning) the ending is not as tragic as I expected it to be!
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

James 1:2-4 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.


Sofia Marie said...

Sounds kind of interesting...

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