Book Recommendation: Unbroken

I am reading a book by Laura Hillenbrand called Unbroken.  It’s a captivating biography of Louis Zamperini that illustrates the power of hope and the beauty of Christ’s redeeming work.  If you don’t have time to read the book, you can see the movie.  (However, the movie glosses over his journey toward faith in Christ.)

The Amazon book summary:

“In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.”

My favorite quote:  [Context: Lost at sea, for weeks, in two small inflatable rafts.]  

“Though all three men faced the same hardship, their differing perceptions of it appeared to be shaping their fates.  Louie and Phil’s hope displaced their fear and inspired them to work toward their survival, and each success renewed their physical and emotional vigor.  Mac’s resignation seemed to paralyze him, and the less he participated in their efforts to survive, the more he slipped.  Though he did the least, as the days passed, it was he who faded the most.  Louie and Phil’s optimism, and Mac’s hopelessness, were becoming self-fulfilling.”  (Chapter 14, Thirst)

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