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Unbroken

My thoughts on the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I have never been recommended to read any book more than Unbroken. Everyone I’ve talked to who has read this book has raved about it. Each person has said if it’s not their favorite book ever, it’s in their top five. It took me longer than normal to finish this book… I’ve never really enjoyed reading non-fiction. Literally everyone I’ve talked to said this book had them glued…there were only a few chapters that made me feel like I couldn’t look away.

I do feel this is one of those books everyone should read. The story is remarkable. I stand in great admiration and awe of the men in this book. It is a story that you will remember and think about. It really brings home the reality of those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. The story of Louis Zamperini, his friends, comrades, family and the Japanese on the other side of the war, will really touch your soul and remind you of what’s really important in life. I don’t know if there are words to describe what Zamperini and his fellow soldiers went through. I am challenged by their strength, courage and outlook on life while they were in the most horrid of situations.

*Spoilers ahead*

If you haven’t read the book please don’t read any further. I really don’t want to spoil it for you. 

 

My heart was broken for Zamperini and his friends as they came back to America.  Trying to move on and reclaim their lives, only to be shaken to the core by the memory of what they encountered in war. Many of them suffering with PTSD. But how my heart soared when the turning point came in Zamperini’s life. Hearing a message from Billy Graham and coming to know Jesus as his savior. I was amazed at the power of God to heal a mind and heart. The book says Zamperini was healed from his past and was finally able to move forward. Not only that, but creating a profession for himself where he could impact the lives of other people. His marriage was even restored and joyful. This was my favorite part of the book because I didn’t now Zamperini’s story. I was bracing myself for the worst possible ending. I was thrilled that he ended his life victoriously. His story has really challenged me to be strong and hold my head up. To show courage and stand up for myself. To never give up hope.

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