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Millions have thrilled to the adventures of Maria in The Sound of Music. This powerful testimony tells the rest of the story of its heroine, the singing nun who became the famed Baroness Maria von Trapp.


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Millions have thrilled to the adventures of Maria in The Sound of Music. This powerful testimony tells the rest of the story of its heroine, the singing nun who became the famed Baroness Maria von Trapp.

30 review for Yesterday, Today & Forever

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tammy G.

    Having seen the movie The Sound of Music countless times I was thrilled to read this book, Yesterday, Today, and Forever. An autobiographical account of the von Trapp family. This read takes up where The Sound of Music left off. After leaving occupied Austria at the onset of WWII Maria writes of Jesus and His saving power. How the lives of the von Trapp family were saved by the help of so many wonderful and unselfish people but more than that Maria writes of Jesus. Personal stories are included o Having seen the movie The Sound of Music countless times I was thrilled to read this book, Yesterday, Today, and Forever. An autobiographical account of the von Trapp family. This read takes up where The Sound of Music left off. After leaving occupied Austria at the onset of WWII Maria writes of Jesus and His saving power. How the lives of the von Trapp family were saved by the help of so many wonderful and unselfish people but more than that Maria writes of Jesus. Personal stories are included of the von Trapp children and of Maria and her husband, too. Maria writes of her family, the von Trapps, retracing the steps of Jesus from His birth to His death. How they learned where and why He went. Maria makes a comparison between Jesus' steps and her steps in life. Maria points out that "This book really does not want to become a 'life of Christ.' It only wants to serve as a stimulus to all families to reconstruct their own 'life of Christ,' parents and children together, simply by telling what we did." If you've always been curious, as I have, about what happened to the von Trapp family after their escape then you'll want to read this wonderful 5 star book. This is a read unlike any of read recently. A non-preachy book with a look at a family with ups and owns like many of our families who love Jesus and are trying to live according to His Word. *This book was provided for review by New Leaf Publishing*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mariya Bahareva

    Я думала, это что-то еще биографическое, но жестоко ошиблась, т.к. это оказался сборник проповедей.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kari Burke

    In this book, Maria von Trapp encourages families to truly delve into the Gospels in order to make them come alive for our children and ourselves. She shares how she and her family strove to truly see Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the real people they were and to imagine what their day-to-day life really looked like. Her message was awesome- how can we become strong Christians working to imitate Jesus and the Holy Family, if we do not really know them as we know our friends and neighbors? Some of t In this book, Maria von Trapp encourages families to truly delve into the Gospels in order to make them come alive for our children and ourselves. She shares how she and her family strove to truly see Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the real people they were and to imagine what their day-to-day life really looked like. Her message was awesome- how can we become strong Christians working to imitate Jesus and the Holy Family, if we do not really know them as we know our friends and neighbors? Some of the stories she presents in the book were quite inspiring. She easily related many of Jesus' childhood experiences to her experiences and it was easy to see how she was able to forge a deep relationship with Our Lord. My only complaint was that von Trapp urged, over and over, to engage one's imagination while reading the Scriptures and studying the Church's Tradition. She insisted that it was our imaginings that would fill in the gaps for us and really enhance our understanding of Christ. But, then she often proceeded to tell of how she imagined life for the Holy Family, filling my mind with her assumptions and suppositions and leaving little left to my imagination. Overall it was still a worthwhile read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Baker

    If any Latter-day Saint wants to learn how to liken the scriptures to themselves, read this book about how Marie Von Trapp (of Sound of Music fame) did it. Maria's deep devotion to the Lord and the amazing experiences of her life combine for a most inspiring read. If any Latter-day Saint wants to learn how to liken the scriptures to themselves, read this book about how Marie Von Trapp (of Sound of Music fame) did it. Maria's deep devotion to the Lord and the amazing experiences of her life combine for a most inspiring read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Maria focuses on bringing to reality the life of Jesus through extensive research as well as inserting her own family's stories into the book. Not what I expected but still more enjoyable than most modern books nowadays. Maria focuses on bringing to reality the life of Jesus through extensive research as well as inserting her own family's stories into the book. Not what I expected but still more enjoyable than most modern books nowadays.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    Every Christian should read this book. Written in 1952, it gives an entirely new (old fashioned), beautiful perspective on Jesus and being a person of faith. Have your Bible handy!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marybeth

    Truly a beautiful and inspirational book! Gives great insight into the spiritual life of the von Trapp family and their unshakable trust in God! A beautiful book for Christian mothers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Coyne

    It's a good insight into the family It's a good insight into the family

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    The book was an easy read, a little repetitive but with entertaining snippets of family life along with their searching as a family to put context & culture into the New Testament, particularly the life of Jesus. They searched other writings from that time and used old maps and Bible Dictionaries as well as comparing the slants lent by the Gospel writers. They used crafts to find meaning to Easter etc so as even the youngest child was part of the searching,discovery & excitement. The book certai The book was an easy read, a little repetitive but with entertaining snippets of family life along with their searching as a family to put context & culture into the New Testament, particularly the life of Jesus. They searched other writings from that time and used old maps and Bible Dictionaries as well as comparing the slants lent by the Gospel writers. They used crafts to find meaning to Easter etc so as even the youngest child was part of the searching,discovery & excitement. The book certainly filled in some blanks for me, however Maria repeatedly avoided any mention of Jesus having siblings, which He quite obviously did. I am curious about this, as she biographies Mary & Joseph & their lifestyle quite intently. Maybe this is a Catholic thing? The book is a worthwhile read for other reasons also- the von Trapp family were a large tight-knit family (? 9 children) who traveled extensively particularly in the U.S. singing to large audiences.They were refugees from their Austrian home, displaced by war.( "The Sound of Music") Also, it is a great read in this technological age teaching us how to restore simplicity yet deep meaning to events of family life involving all age levels.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julie Davis

    In some ways this book is similar to When the King Was Carpenter. However, it takes the von Trapp family's explorations into what Jesus' daily life was like and shows how they used that knowledge to live daily with Christ. The first third, Yesterday, is an overview of the sort of info from When the King, combined with more description of what questions led to each delving for information. The second third, Today, takes readers into specific questions about Christ and their own faith, along with In some ways this book is similar to When the King Was Carpenter. However, it takes the von Trapp family's explorations into what Jesus' daily life was like and shows how they used that knowledge to live daily with Christ. The first third, Yesterday, is an overview of the sort of info from When the King, combined with more description of what questions led to each delving for information. The second third, Today, takes readers into specific questions about Christ and their own faith, along with indepth explanations of looking for the answers in scripture. It is like being on a weekly Bible study with them. The last third, Forever, looks into questions of the last things ... Heaven, Hell, Death, and Judgment. All these are strung together with scenes from daily life so that one winds up feeling as if we've been spending vacation with them. Definitely recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Maria van Trapp gives us an inside look at how she taught her children about Jesus and how they explored His life together. They made it a goal to know as much as they could about His life and she shows how this knowledge of the Lord blessed their time as refugees and through the death of a loved one. There is a strong Catholic influence present but there is also much inspiration for any believer in Jesus Christ.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bazan

    This book has given me a lot to think about. I really enjoyed how the Trapp family approached the study of Jesus' life, but I am still unsure whether I agree with the amount of "imagination," as she puts it, that they put into it. I do enjoy books that ask me to look at things from a different prospective though. It was a good read. This book has given me a lot to think about. I really enjoyed how the Trapp family approached the study of Jesus' life, but I am still unsure whether I agree with the amount of "imagination," as she puts it, that they put into it. I do enjoy books that ask me to look at things from a different prospective though. It was a good read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    rachel

    I confess, I didn't finish this book, but I'm glad I own a signed copy!! (and got it for 50 cent). It was all about how much the Von Trapp family loves jesus. I'm sure there are some lessons buried in their somewhere. I look forward to finding them some day when I re-visit this book. I confess, I didn't finish this book, but I'm glad I own a signed copy!! (and got it for 50 cent). It was all about how much the Von Trapp family loves jesus. I'm sure there are some lessons buried in their somewhere. I look forward to finding them some day when I re-visit this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pat Tucker

    I was hoping this would be an autobiography which would tell more about the family.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Wow, I never expected the in depth analysis of the Holy Family and what it meant and plays out in my own life. Her introspection is amazing!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tmiglergmail.com

    A little preachy, but a good message.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    I was looking for Maria's biography when I checked out this book instead. I love her enthusiasm for scripture study and coming to know her Savior. I was looking for Maria's biography when I checked out this book instead. I love her enthusiasm for scripture study and coming to know her Savior.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Djuna Sorais Harrigan

    Absolutely fantastic book. Reading it really inspired me to start relating my daily life to the life of the Holy Family.

  19. 5 out of 5

    W

  20. 4 out of 5

    David Freudenburg

    When I first encountered this book I was mildly surprised to learn that Maria von Trapp really was a real person. I guess I had heard that, but didn't really think much of it. After beginning to read the book, however, I was stunned to learn that she was a fervent, pious, dedicated and strong Christian, who spent much of her life's work in Bible ministry and missionary work. This devotional is arranged in chapters, rather than by calendar days. Each chapter describes some aspect of the life of C When I first encountered this book I was mildly surprised to learn that Maria von Trapp really was a real person. I guess I had heard that, but didn't really think much of it. After beginning to read the book, however, I was stunned to learn that she was a fervent, pious, dedicated and strong Christian, who spent much of her life's work in Bible ministry and missionary work. This devotional is arranged in chapters, rather than by calendar days. Each chapter describes some aspect of the life of Christ, using not only the Bible, but also the geography and culture of ancient Palestine, and the traditional writings of early Christians. Other sources of information are given in the body of the text, rather than in footnotes or a bibliography. Throughout the book she also includes personal stories of events in her life. Although it is an old book (1952) and in some ways old-fashioned and dated, I found value in the unique form and style, as well as the surprise that the author is so different from the woman portrayed in the movie "The Sound of Music".

  21. 5 out of 5

    Milo

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christine Lalonde

  23. 5 out of 5

    El_Martes

  24. 4 out of 5

    LeAnne M. Herrington

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marta

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura Hodgins

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Glidden

  29. 4 out of 5

    Malagu

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heaven_sky

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