I recently read the book Unbroken under the recommendation from my dear friend, Mrs. H. I found it from our digital library and dove in. It was a page turner for sure. I was drawn in by the story. My mind finding it hard to grasp all that the main character, Louis Zamperini, endured during WWII. However, I was all to familiar with other stories of such atrocities that I knew such things were not from an overactive or over traumatized imagination. What drew me in even more was the fact that Mr. Zamperini was an Olympic athlete. I love that connection -- when I was younger (i.e. before children could find me in any hiding spot) I would disappear (or so it seemed) for the two weeks that the Olympic games were on. Winter or summer I loved them all...
I don't do book reviews. I am not so eloquent as to sum up a book in such a way as to compel people to read it. However, I like to write when a deeper connection to the story is made. This book has stuck with me that I have found it hard to really engage in my next book. I just keep thinking about it. So, now that I have some answers and I can write it down maybe I can move on with my next book. HA!
Toward the end of the book Mr. Zamperini is haunted by a particular experience from his time at war. He had prayed that if God would save him then he would serve God forever. He was faced with this flashback while attending a Billy Graham revival in California. He would eventually receive Christ and his life would see dramatic change. His story is really quite intense in the testimony of God's faithfulness, love, and redemption. There is a mention of Hollywood Presbyterian church. My mind flashed and ran the dates in my head... Dr. & Mrs. Bill Bright (the founders of my former employment, Campus Crusade for Christ, now Cru) attended Hollywood Presbyterian. I wondered if the paths of Mr & Mrs Bright had crossed that of the Zamperini's?
So, I emailed Mrs. Bright on Monday morning. I received a reply from Mrs. Bright this morning, here is part of her response,
"Bill and I first met Louis Zamperini at a Billy Graham meeting when he went forward to accept Christ. We knew them and considered them friends when we attended Hollywood Presbyterian Church in California. It has been years since we have had any contact with him. I, too, read his book, Unbroken and found it to be a very powerful story."AH!! I love it! I love an even more personal connection to this story. Love it. It has endeared itself to me even more.
While there is a movie slated to come out of this story Christmas 2014 I am not sure that I will be able to stomach going to see. However, I may just need to see it anyway.
I would HIGHLY recommend this book.