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  • This entry is part 10 of 29 in the series Bookshelf.

Unbroken By Laura Hillenbrand

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  1. BOOKSHELF
    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

    Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption

    On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER hailed by TIME magazine as the best nonfiction book of the year. One of the longest-running New York Times bestsellers of all time, Unbroken has spent more than four years on the Times list in hardcover, fifteen weeks at number one, and counting. Recently released in paperback, Unbroken debuted at #1 and remains there after more than 20 weeks. The book is the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award for Biography. The young reader edition, released in November, 2014, is also a New York Times bestseller.

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    On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

    The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

    Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, 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.

    PICTURE (TOP RIGHT): Louis Zamperini peers over the hatch nose of his aircraft in 1943. Later that year, a crash involving a B-24 bomber similar to this one would land the former Olympian in a Japanese prison camp.


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    Pilgrim
    Running to the God of Unity: The holy community God is creating and how it is to live out its calling. "I therefore, a prisoner for the LORD, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:1-3
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  2. HereIStand
    My wife really enjoyed the book. It sounds like his life was real example of courage and redemption.
    1. Pilgrim
      I watched the movie last night. ... The book captures the courage and redemption much more accurately than the movie. God bless you. Thank God for all things and in the case of this real life story, for bringing Lt. Zamperini and his fellow POWs home. All glory to God.
  3. Bluerose31
    Sounds like a fascinating book and story
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    1. Pilgrim
      It's a biography. It has some brutality (POW Camp). The main character and many of his crew survived through resilience and found redemption. I might look for the movie which I haven't seen yet. It's amazing how having scripture written on our hearts can help us through the most difficult times. God bless you. All glory to God.
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    2. Bluerose31
      I believe it is a movie as well :) I want to read the book and see the movie.
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  4. Take Heart
    Great book and movie! Read and watched. Love reading stories of how others overcome their struggles.
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    1. Pilgrim
      Amen. I agree. All glory to the LORD.
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  • This entry is part 10 of 29 in the series Bookshelf.