Book Review: Yesterday, Today, and Forever by Maria von Trapp

“It seems as if Herod isn’t really dead. He keeps living under different names, like Saul and Nero, or Hitler and Stalin. He still seeks the child to destroy Him.” How close Our Lord and His family had become all of a sudden when we met them as fellow refugees!”

Maria von Trapp, Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Title: Yesterday, Today, and Forever
Author: Maria Augusta von Trapp
Genres: Non-fiction, Biography, Memoir, Christian, History
Pages: 176 (Kindle)
Published: 1975

My Rating: ★★★★★
Read: 6/12/2022 – 6/30/2022


Though this book wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be, I was pleasantly surprised with the content I got instead.

Assuming this was a memoir (which it is at its core), I was initially disappointed that there was very little about Maria von Trapp and her family. There were mentions here and there, but ultimately, it was a spiritual book recounting her personal studies of the life of the Holy Family and how they correlated to events of their family’s lives. Many questions were posed that I never considered and Maria von Trapp did her best to answer while also encouraging readers to do their own research and create their own conclusions. So while this turned out to be an unexpected read, it was one I ended up enjoying more than I might have had it been a traditional memoir focusing solely on the Von Trapp family’s story.

Likes & Dislikes

What I liked:

  • It posed some great, spiritual questions.
  • There’s a thorough timeline of the events of Jesus’ life and how they might have played out.

What I didn’t like:

  • I wish there had been more about the Von Trapp family.


I definitely want to get a copy of this to keep on hand, but I’m glad I read it on Kindle because I ended up highlighting a lot. It felt a little too short, but that could also be due to not knowing what the book was meant to be about at the start.

Where to buy the book:

Leave a Reply