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The Journal
Beth Harlow
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The Journal

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When Mary gave a journal to her fiance 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 ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published February 25th 2013 by Crosslink Publishing
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Jalynn Patterson
Jul 24, 2013 Jalynn Patterson rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

A young Confederate soldier is given a journal as he departs for war in 1861. The little book soon falls into the hands of another and another and another. The journal travels all through the war, crossing battle lines several times and presenting thoughts from both sides of the war.

Each soldier who writes in the journal is in a different situation and each is in a different place in his relationship with God. The words that others have written in the journal have an effect on tho
'The Journal' by Beth Harlow is a little book that packs a big punch. In the form of a diary taken into the American Civil War by a Confederate soldier, this novel gives the reader glimpses of the lives of the men whose hands it goes through. This is a poignant format that leaves some mystery regarding what happened to each of the writers after the journal leaves their possession. This can be frustrating to a reader who has begun to sympathize with and care about the character in the brief time ...more
Jennifer Clausen-greene
Aug 13, 2013 Jennifer Clausen-greene rated it it was amazing
This book did a wonderful job of really capturing the souls of the writers and drawing out the ordeal of the war and the effect it had on each person’s mind, body and spirituality. I enjoyed getting to have snapshots into each of the new soldier’s lives. To read the two sides of the story and view points and watch the growth that occurred in some of the soldiers due to what they witnessed and lived through during the Civil War.

Since we had already studied the Civil War we decided to read this
D.M. Webb
Aug 09, 2014 D.M. Webb rated it it was amazing
The time is June 1861. A journal is given to a young Rebel fighter and each entry over the next four years detail the lives of 8 men: Rebel and Yankee.

As the journal falls from one hand and into the next, each man will read what was written beforehand and add his own thoughts: about life, about the war, about love, and about God.

Each man is at a different stage in his life in his relationship with God. Some make the choice, a couple do not. And each finds that there are good men and bad men on b
Sep 23, 2013 Faith rated it it was amazing
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
Sandra Lassiter
Sep 05, 2013 Sandra Lassiter rated it liked it
A nameless confederate soldier is given a journal by his fiance when he goes off to fight in the war. The journal changes hands multiple times throughout the war through different circumstances, and even crosses the battle lines more than once. It is an interesting look at the Civil War through many eyes.

This is a short little book--only 62 pages--but quite interesting. You get a little peek into several lives throughout a terrible time in US history. I enjoyed the different "writers" throughout
Vera Godley
Oct 01, 2013 Vera Godley rated it really liked it
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 dependenc
Karen rated it it was amazing
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