Nan's Journey

Nan's Journey


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BN ID: 2940148553663
Publication date: 10/28/2013
Series: Nan's Heritage Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 245
Sales rank: 140,620
File size: 339 KB

About the Author

Elaine Littau is the best-selling author of ten published books and many magazine and newspaper articles. She is a mentor/coach for other authors and enjoys teaching book marketing techniques as well as public speaking for groups. Many enjoy listening to her humorous take on life. Even the simplest activity takes on a life of its own when Elaine is involved in the telling of it. Some of her favorite events have been speaking to young people about pursuing their dreams. She has been a church secretary, led women's groups, taught pre-school and Sunday school, and was a mentor for the M.O.P. S. (Mothers of Preschoolers) group in her community.

Her writings have also received recognition: "Nan's Journey"- Named Best Christian Historical Fiction 2008 by Christian Story Tellers and "Luke's Legacy"- Honorable Mention Christian Historical Fiction 2010 by Christian Story Tellers.
Elaine and Terry, her husband since 1975, reside on a small acreage near Perryton, Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends. They raised three sons and now enjoy three daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.

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Nan's Journey 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nan¿s Journey is a lovely story clearly written by someone with knowledge of the tender mercies of God. However, I would love to have seen the premise for an amazing novel fleshed out and written with some copy and conceptual editorial input. The grammar errors are very distracting, and at one time, I almost put the book aside without finishing it. Historical facts are scarce, and the story is mainly narration, with very little dialogue.

While interesting, the in-complete storyline leaves the reader with too many loose ends and second guessing to figure out where the author is going with a scene or narrative.

I'm left to wonder if the unedited copy went to the printer.
ederousse More than 1 year ago
Nan's Journey is thoughtful, engaging & inspiring. Because of the riveting story line, I got so involved that leaving it was difficult. I found myself wondering how a young girl could suffer so much abuse, take on the parenting role of her younger brother, and still exhibit the strength needed to lead them both through all that adversity. How could she ever forgive those who made her suffer? Through Nan's Journey, Elaine Littau, with her very memorable characters, confirmed the power of forgiveness. This is an excellent example of why Christian fiction is so great. Edmond P. DeRousse, Author "The Adventures of a Common Man"
AuthorJimHughes More than 1 year ago
Several years ago there was a popular TV commercial that promised to take you away from the stresses and concerns of your day. For a few moments of your day you could forget all about life and enjoy a luxurious soaking in a nice warm tub. Nan's Journey will take you away as well. Author Elaine Littau draws you into her world of lost love, tender love, developing love, and ultimately Christ-like love. You will discover how hard it is to forgive and embrace in love someone who doesn't deserve it without the help of Christ. You will be drawn into the life of Nan and soon will forget about all your stresses and concerns of life. Let Nan's Journey take you away. I am not normally a reader of novels, but Nan's Journey is one of those books you simply do not want to put down to the very end.
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
In a desperate move to save not only her life - but also that of her five-year-old brother - Nan flees the home of her abusive step-parents in search of refuge elsewhere; however, against the backdrop of unsettled Colorado Territory in 1800's America, misery and suffering are much more prevalent than shelter and comfort. Nan and her brother are eventually taken in by a family of strangers - but as she soon discovers, no matter how far you try to run from your past, it always has a way of catching up to you, ultimately forcing her into a fierce internal battle as she struggles to summon the power to forgive those who caused her the greatest pain. Crafted in vivid, beautiful language, Nan's Journey is a heartrending read. In masterful fashion, author Elaine Littau presents the reader with a compelling story of abuse, neglect, hope, and ultimate forgiveness that - even though set more than 150 years ago - is just as applicable in these modern days and times. Furthermore, Littau interweaves her tale with strong, insightful Christian themes - but manages to do so without coming off as preachy or pedantic. As such, her moving narrative is bound to have an equally powerful impact on the mind, heart, and spirit of the reader as she highlights the importance of not running from our past - but instead learning how to embrace it so that it does not cloud the brightness of our future. Surprisingly inspiring, Nan's Journey serves as a strong reminder that - even in the midst of the darkest storm - hope always remains. A highly recommended read. Karynda Lewis Apex Reviews
MD3B3TT More than 1 year ago
Nan's Journey is an inspirational story about a young girl who, along with her little brother, suffered from abusive step-parents until one night she builds up the courage to flee. Nan is forced to grow up quickly as she struggles with her toughest obstacle: finding the heart to forgive those who had caused her pain. The reader enters the story in the moments following a severe beating that impacted Nan more than any of the past experiences with her abusive stepmother, Mary. The story moves quickly into an exodus for both Nan and her little brother Elmer from the home in which they grew up, now only inhabited by their step-parents, the Deweys. With such an immediate turn of events, with so little background concerning the Deweys who were left behind, I was quick to assume that their story ended in the beginning chapters, and that we'd follow Nan and Elmer as they trek through Colorado in search for a place to stay--not unlike the Boxcar Children series I read as a child. I was pleasantly surprised, as this was far from true. Nan learns that no matter how far you run from your past, without resolution it will follow you anywhere you go. I was immediately taken in by Elaine Littau's adept descriptive ability, and the imagery she creates with her words--even in the scenes of abuse--were a graphic but tasteful balance. She combined a compelling story with a powerful scriptural message, and she achieved that masterfully. I was impressed to learn it was her debut work, and I'm looking forward to reading the follow-up, Elk's Resolve.
RobinLCain More than 1 year ago
Are you familiar with the old adage, "Don't judge a book by its cover, for one never knows what's really inside"? Never has that found to be a more accurate statement than in the case of Nan's Journey, by author Elaine Littau. In all honesty, this is a book I never would have purchased had it not been for its selection by a book club in which I'm involved. The cover design, very simple and non-descript, just didn't speak to me. Nothing about it said, "Read me" - which brings me back to my point, "Don't judge a book by its cover". Nan's Journey is the story of a woman who takes her five-year-old brother, packs her bags and flees an abusive home. Set in the harsh and unforgiving west of the 1800's, the beautifully written tale tells the story of their finding refuge in the arms of a family of strangers while attempting to overcome the cruel reality of their past. Lessons of faith and Christianity are subtly woven into the pages, but the author makes it work without coming across as 'preachy'. The basic religious premises fit perfectly with the story, backdrop and timeline. Ms. Littau does a tremendous job with description of both characters and scenes, causing the reader to wonder if she might have possibly once inhabited this time and place. The story draws the reader in, but the sensory images keep him there. This, in itself, is quite a remarkable achievement for a new author. Beyond the disservice the book's cover provides (which I'm hoping word-of-mouth will overcome), I had only one complaint upon finishing the book and that was the inexplicable disappearance of one of the characters towards the end. This bothered me a great deal until I learned that Nan's Journey is from a series (entitled Nan's Heritage Series) and the second book, Elk's Resolve, addresses my issue. Not only a talented author, but a smart one, as well!
javagrma54 More than 1 year ago
As a general rule, any book I read will have something about it I didn't particularly like. I can't make that statement about "Nan's Journey". From the first page on, I found the book an enjoyable read. The characters were well defined and Elaine did a good job of moving them along in their life's path, showing the changes they went through and why they made those changes. Without giving away the ending, I will say I had an advantage in knowing this was part of a 3-book series or I might have been highly disappointed in the ending. However, I knew the one major issue not dealt with in the book would be the basis of an entirely different book. In reviewing the upcoming books, I found I was correct. I totally recommend this book to all readers who enjoy historical fiction and I would tell parents of pre-teens and teens to encourage they read this book as it's a perfect fit for those years as well. I personally handed the book off to my 10-year old granddaughter, and so far, she is enjoying it.
rkultz More than 1 year ago
Nan's Journey was a wonderful story detailing the hardship of a young girl and her small brother. Facing many challenges, the main character, Nan, must overcome hardship but in the end rises above as she chooses to forgive instead of hold on to a life of bitterness. Nan's Journey is definitely worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nan's Journey is a beautifully written story about finding faith. Set in Colorado in the 1800s, the book follows Nan, a young woman trying to conquer the demons of her past while finding the strength to keep going on with her life. It is a story of pain, kindness, love, and what it truly means to find God in ourselves and others. It is a book I would recommend to everyone, but especially to those who are struggling to find something to believe in.
karinabharris More than 1 year ago
Nan's Journey, by Elaine Littau is an apt title. In her first published work, Mrs. Littau deals with difficult issues such as abuse, neglect, and loss in a manner that quite often stuns the reader. We travel with our heroine, Nan, as she faces a lifetime of tragedy in just a few short months. However, in the midst of pain and suffering she finds hope, healing, and love. This historical novel transports the reader back in time 150 years with its descriptive imagery and dialogue. The author writes as if she herself were living during the age of "Monday wash days", daily farm chores, Native American tribe issues, and travel by horseback. Although written in simple language, the tragedies faced and the truths found within the pages of Nan's Journey are as relevant today as they would have been during the time the story takes place. --Karina Harris, author of "Second Chance"
Sharonce More than 1 year ago
Nan's Journey is one of those rare books I have ever found that was just simply the most easiest book to read. I was immediately placed into Nan's character, feelings and heartache. I understood her pain and her concern for her brother. The pain she has and is going through from the past and in the present. Each chapter was quick to read. I was not bogged down with lots of background information to just to keep the story going. Most of all it was a story of knowing that God does not promise nothing bad will ever happen to us. But knowing that God is always with us. All we have to do is call on him and accept him. It is a story of learning how to forgive, even in the worst circumstances.

I can't wait until the sequel to this book. Most of all you may need to know, I don't read books that often. Other than my Bible and to my 5 year old daughter. My husband, a power reader, is thrilled I have found an author, especially a Christian author, I can love to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a heart touching story. Almost like cinderella, only with a better moral and much more action. It tugs at your heart strings, it made me cry and it made me laugh.I am a single mom with 2 kids and I truely can not stress the positive effect this book has had on my personal life! It truely helped me feel god's love through these wonderful children. Read it! You will love it! I hope there is a sequal!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a terrific book. I could not put it down. I felt like part of the book. The author has a way of drawing you into the lives of the charachters. I can't wait for the sequel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nan¿s Journey follows the story of two orphaned children who suffer horrible abuse at the hands of the people who are supposed to love them. Desperate to save her brother¿s life, Nan plans their escape undercover of night. They head out into an uncertain world with no knowledge of what to do or where to go. Elmer is comforted by the his belief that God is watching over them but Nan, whose heart has been hardened by their circumstances, finds that possibility much harder to accept. Nan¿s Journey is action packed and Elaine Littau has done an excellent job of skillfully weaving God¿s message of forgiveness and redemption throughout. Her novel brims with hope, stressing that no matter what circumstances we encounter, God¿s forgiveness is abundant and available.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When was the last time you picked up a book and just hated to put it down? That's how Nan's Journey is. It was like I was sitting at the edge of my seat anxious to find out what was going to happen next. Having known Elaine for several years, I could practically hear her telling the stories. We're introduced to Nan and her little brother who are just children really, but the amazing strength that Nan finds within herself goes far beyond her years. This book is good, clean entertainment that you don't have to worry about recommending to anyone. It has a real message within it's pages - 'Don't ever give up, and don't be afraid because God is always with you.' There's nothing 'preachy' about this book. It simply a moving story about a young girl who although she experiences many tragic things, has tremendous faith in God that does not waiver. When you are finally able to put this book down, you will find you want to be more like Nan. This book was such an easy read I found myself wanting to pick it up every free moment. I can hardly wait for the sequel.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eye opener. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good, I had a hard time putting it down. Can't wait to read more of her books.
Kristi_B More than 1 year ago
Nan's Journey is the first book in a series of Historical Christian fiction novels by Elaine Littau. In this book, Nan learns what it means to forgive and to be forgiven, no matter what the circumstances or the situation. I enjoyed the story and especially appreciated the very clear message of salvation that is found in its pages. Elaine has a wonderful ability to craft a story and to weave traces of Christ's love in and through the story. I found hope and inspiration on the journey that Nan went on and I know others will as well. Kristi Burchfiel, author of Without Regrets and The Daily Devotional Series
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