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Monday, November 26, 2012

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand

Product Details
  1. Hardcover: 473 pages
  1. Publisher: Random House
  2. Date Published: 2010
  1. Owner: My Library
  2. Date of reading: 1st - 7/24/12

Point: A man is more than skin, flesh and bones. The skin may be torn. The flesh may disappear. The bones may be broken. But within, beneath all that can be seen with the eyes, a man may thrive. Or he may die within. 

Path: Hillenbrand chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini, an Italian boy from Torrence, California. From his rebellious youth to incredible rise to fame as a runner, Louis was destined to fight to the finish. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1941. His training, activity, bombings and dangerous encounters reveal the hard life of WWII. Stranded at sea after a crash, caught by Japenese, shuttled from one POW camp to another, Zamperini had a will to survive. But it was after the war that some of the toughest battles had to be fought.

Sources: Hillenbrand does an excellent job at weaving extensive detail into a gripping account. I can only imagine the incredible amount of data which she worked through.

Agreement: This was a captivating story. It is rare that a book is able to grip me as this one did. The story is absolutely incredible. The story teller is gifted. 
I also appreciated the fact that the story didn’t end at the signing of the peace treaty. Louis battle within was one which many individuals faced, and continue to face. The redemption he found in Christ is what gives this story a conclusion.

Difficulties: Much of this story was difficult for me. Imagining the realities of war, feeling the pain of the those entrapped, experiencing the loss of another soldier all were difficult.

Personal App: I believe one reason why this story caught me as it did was because of my grandfather’s time at Guadalcanal, Philippines. Reading of men who may have crossed paths with my grandfather as captives and victims caused me to pause and thank God for these men.

Stars: 4.5 out of 5

It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.

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Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. (Philippians 3:8)