Alone Yet Not Alone

Any normal, sane and gracious person here in the United States of America would think that a song that was sung and recorded for a movie by a handicapped woman (who happens to be a quadriplegic  in a wheelchair) and was included for the Best Song category of the Oscar nominations; would be celebrated by all people nationwide.

But no!

The radical leftist lunatic anti-Christian bigots  in Hollyweird, as well as the political activist Christian HATERS here in America end up complaining because of the content of the song?  It happens to be a Christian-themed song with the same title from the movie, “Alone Yet Not Alone.”

Apparently, it doesn’t matter that the independent Christian film just happened to be the number one film in several areas across the country back in October, 2012!


Last weekend, “Alone Yet Not Alone,” an independent film with Christian themes from Enthuse Entertainment, took Hollywood by storm during its limited release debut, topping all films nationwide in per-theater ticket sales. It was the No. 1 movie for theaters in Knoxville, Tenn.; Raleigh, N.C.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and San Antonio, Texas. It was the No. 2 film in Dallas, Atlanta and Nashville area theaters. Grossing $13,396 per theater, “Alone Yet Not Alone” was actually the nation’s No. 1 film in box office sales per screen. By comparison, the nation’s top-grossing film overall (showing in far more theaters), “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” made only $8,439 per screen. Now Enthuse is announcing “Alone Yet Not Alone,” based on the true story of a frontier family caught in the throes of the French and Indian War in 1755, will extend its limited theatrical run until Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in all nine cities where it made its debut. A nationwide release is set for Feb. 21, 2014 across 150 cities. Click here for tickets to see “Alone Yet Not Alone.” The movie is based a novel of the same name written by Tracy Leininger Craven, which tells the struggles of her ancestors in the mid-1700s when British and French forces were fighting for control of the American continent. The Leiningers, immigrants from Germany who sought freedom to worship in the New World, began to carve out their homestead farm around Penns Creek at the outskirts of western Pennsylvania. Despite the arduous work, the Leiningers labor joyfully, nourished by God’s promises, which they memorize during their daily reading of the cherished family Bible. Then the unthinkable happens: In a terrifying raid, Delaware warriors kidnap the two young Leininger daughters, Barbara and Regina, taking them captive hundreds of miles away and adopting them into their native culture. Yet through their captivity and eventual escape they never lose hope and “their faith becomes their freedom.”

Click here:  See Alone Yet Not Alone movie trailer.

Of course, the Christian haters in Hollyweird have to criticize this particular selection.  Why?  Probably because of bigotry against ANYTHING Christian!

WND has the story:

All hell breaks loose over Christian Oscar nod

Hollywood warned of hypocrisy for raging against nomination


Like David versus Goliath, an upstart Christian film has shocked the world by winning an unlikely victory in the form of an Academy Award nomination.

Only this time, the crowds aren’t cheering for David.

Instead, mainstream-media Oscar watchers across the nation have blasted the Academy for choosing the hymn-like testament to God’s presence over hits by pop artists like Jay-Z and Taylor Swift.

“I can’t figure any of this s— out,” an unnamed competitor told the Hollywood Reporter, or THR, after learning his or her song was beaten out by “Alone Yet Not Alone,” the title song from the faith-themed movie of the same name.

“It is difficult to understand why ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ snagged an Oscar nomination over more acclaimed and high-profile competitors,” THR remarked, claiming multiple people whose songs were snubbed by Academy’s music branch wonder how “a song that has been heard by virtually no one outside the branch from a film that hardly anyone has seen” secured an Oscar nomination.

Across the country, dozens of Hollywood-watching publications were quick to heap criticism on “Alone Yet Not Alone.”

The Wire called the song “the year’s most WTF [what the f—] Oscar nominee,” and Ty Burr of Boston Globe penned a blog post about “Alone Yet Not Alone” titled “The Oscar nomination that stinks to heaven.”

“Its inclusion is questionable, and evidence that strides still need to be made when it comes to the Oscar song field,” reads a particularly pointed criticism from the Los Angeles Times.

NewNowNext, a division of Viacom’s LGBT channel LogoTV called it “a clunky song from an obscure Christian movie score” and blasted the movie for having an “anti-gay connection” because of endorsements from Rick Santorum and James Dobson, among others.

“It’s crammed with sappy Christian aphorisms,” writes NewNowNext’s Dan Avery of the song, “and over-produced to within an inch of its life.”

But it’s not as though the song has no pedigree nor business securing a nomination.

As WND reported, “Alone Yet Not Alone” was performed by Christian author, singer and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada and was written by Dennis Spiegel and Bruce Broughton, who had already received an Academy Award nomination for his score for “Silverado” and who boasts nine Emmy Awards for his musical compositions on television.

“Songs are highly subjective,” explains George D. Escobar, who served as a producer, co-director and co-writer on the film “Alone Yet Not Alone.” “The fact that some people do not like it is perfectly reasonable and acceptable. Others absolutely love the song.

“Comparing ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ against the popularity of other Oscar contenders is natural. But we should also compare it to the message it conveys,” he continued. “It’s the only song that is about God’s faithfulness during our times of affliction and persecution. Most of the other songs are about rebellion and self-reliance. Isn’t it nice to have some contrast in the marketplace?”

Escobar also warned critics to beware masking another motive in criticizing the nomination of “Alone Yet Not Alone.”

“It shouldn’t matter whether this movie is a ‘Christian film’ or not. That’s equivalent to someone criticizing another movie for being a ‘black film’ or a ‘white film.’ It’s hypocritical to impose a double-standard like that,” Escobar said. “I would ask audiences and critics to give the song fair consideration for its intent within the movie and how it supports the story being told. That’s a key eligibility criteria from the Academy itself.”

Eareckson Tada told THR she’s delighted and surprised her song has been given this honor.

“I’m the least likely candidate to record a song for a movie, I’ll tell you that up front, so it’s amazing,” Eareckson Tada said. “It’s amazing enough that a family-friendly movie with a Christian theme is nominated in any category for an Academy Award. Besides ‘The Blind Side,’ which was wonderful, it’s just not the norm.”

Eareckson Tada, who has been a quadriplegic since a diving accident when she was 17, has no professional training as a singer, and her accident has left her with just half the lung capacity of what it ought to be. In fact, THR reports, her husband needed to push on her diaphragm while she recorded the Oscar-nominated song to give her enough breath to hit the high notes.

“This is such an out-of-left-field thing,” she said. “The God of the Bible delights in using ill-equipped, unskilled and untrained people in positions of great influence, everyone from Joseph to David. It’s all to show that it’s not by human prowess or brassiness, but all by God’s design. I don’t know if that’s what he’s doing here, but it’s worth giving pause and considering.”


Joni Eareckson Tada was very gracious on hearing the news of the song’s nomination.  She gives the praise to God, and says “it’s worth giving pause and considering” as to how an “ill-equipped, unskilled, and untrained person” (meaning, herself), could be put in a position of great influence.  She ascribes it as being “all by God’s design.”

Now, let’s read one portion of the article again:

Eareckson Tada, who has been a quadriplegic since a diving accident when she was 17, has no professional training as a singer, and her accident has left her with just half the lung capacity of what it ought to be. In fact, THR reports, her husband needed to push on her diaphragm while she recorded the Oscar-nominated song to give her enough breath to hit the high notes.

I just shake my head in disbelief because of the unnecessary vitriol being directed at this woman, song, and film!

However, God is good and His Will be done in all things!

Perhaps the movie will make such a huge impact throughout America when it is released nationwide in June, 2014, that all we have been praying for regarding the return to what our beloved country was built upon will come to fruition!  Wouldn’t that be great?

Nonetheless, we believers are prepared and ready for the Lord Jesus Christ’s promised return!  Whether it be this year or any other time in the future, we praise His Holy Name!

Hat tips to all links.

3 Responses to “Alone Yet Not Alone”

  1. eMatters Says:

    Great post! Joni is such a magnificent woman of God and I’m so glad to see her spotlighted like this. God will use this to his glory despite the haters coming out against her.


  2. christinewjc Says:

    I agree, Neil! Everything I’ve ever read or heard about Joni has been positive, uplifting, true. honest and God glorifying.

    For me, it’s just so disrespectful and irritating to see ANYONE speak ill of someone like her. This moment in her life could be all joyous; yet haters just HAVE to spew their awfulness her way because they hate Christians. I know she can take it. Everything she does is for the glory of God to come shining through! I just hope that she feels the love and joy of those brothers and sisters in Christ who celebrate this moment with her – all for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ!

    Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts.


  3. They Can Hate and Take the Nomination Away… | Talk Wisdom Says:

    […] See my previous post on the movie and song: Alone Yet Not Alone. […]


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