Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini. I had never heard the name before. A dear friend of mine loaned me the book to read.
I am a fast reader but this book has taken me a while to finish. Yes, it is a long book but that is not why it has taken me some time to finish. I could only read a chapter a night because of the intense pain and suffering described in this book. I do not tell you this to deter you from reading it. I believe every American should read this book. It is the biography of a hero of our country.
Louis Zamperini first became famous as a runner. Since I used to do long distance running myself, I was interested in this aspect of the story as well. Because he was living during a time of war in the 1940s he served in our military. This is his story of an unimagineable life as a POW in Japan. The suffering he endured was beyond what anyone should endure. Yet, somehow he survived_and is in fact still living today!
What an amazing story this man has_yes, it is a story of pain and suffering_but more than that it is a story of strength and hope and victory.
For WWII buffs, history lovers, runners, and patriots_this is one of those books that you must read. For those going through a time of suffering, agony, pain, sorrow_this is one of those books that will resonate. I am going to purchase my own copy because the one I read is borrowed.
Ending my book review portion of this post here_but going on to say that with the suffering the families in Connecticut are dealing with right now I am assured more than ever that there is only one answer to how to deal with suffering. The answer is found in Psalm 34:18
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.
And here in Isaiah 53:5
But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.
Laura Hillenbrand's book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" is an amazingly written, true story about a man named Louis Zamperini.Â It is a very interesting and informative book about Zamerini's life and about World War II.Â
This book follows Zamperini's life from childhood up to old age, with specific focus on his accomplishments as a runner/Olympian and his experiences of surviving a WWII plane crash in the ocean and being a prisoner of war for over 2 years.Â Zamperini was a very determined man with incredible focus. What he experienced while floating on the open ocean for 47 days, and then as a prisoner of war, will break your heart and give you a deep respect for such a strong man.
Hillenbrand writes after very thorough research, to tell an amazing story that will touch your heart.Â She gives very informative background on World War II and the people who are a part of Zamperini's story.Â She is a great story teller, and Zamperini's life certainly is an amazing, yet hard, life.
This book was given to me at no charge by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
I was really, really looking forward to getting "UNBROKEN" to read, and I was not disappointed. This captivating book tells the story of Louis Zamperini, from his days as a delinquent child to Olympic runner, WWI pilot to his imprisonment as a POW in a Japanese prison camp, and his spiritual journey to where he forgave his captors!
One note, I definitely wouldn't recommend it for anyone younger than 13 or 14 years old due to some of the chapters where Louie was in the POW camps, as there's some "PG-13" content there- but for anyone older it is an excellent and worthwhile read. I couldn't put it down! This book was really good.
Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for providing a complimentary copy of "UNBROKEN" for me to read in exchange for my honest review!