“Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand

At the risk of being overdramatic, I have to say that this may be the most powerful life story I’ve ever heard. Louis Zamperini has lived a life that tops anything you’ve ever seen in the movies. Laura Hillenbrand, also author of Seabiscuit, does a masterful job of putting you right alongside Louis in his Olympic and War adventures. I found this Youtube video featuring a CBS documentary on Louis followed by an interview with Louis and a Q&A session with a USC journalism class. The 2 hour video is priceless.

My recommendation is that you read the book BEFORE you watch this video. You’ll enjoy the book and the video more if you read the book first. So for those of you who’ve already read the book, or for those who can’t wait, enjoy:


What I’ve Been Reading This Year (2011)

I few years ago I noticed that my reading habits had slacked off considerably in comparison to when I was in my twenties. Through college and seminary I would have labeled myself as a voracious reader. But when I finished my doctoral studies about six years ago, I noticed that my reading really tapered off. Of course, it might have had to do with the fact that four days after I graduated with my doctorate degree, we went from having one kid to three when the twins were born. ThenĀ a couple of years later, number four. Four kids and a full-time church demand quite a bit of time. But I still found myself frustrated with how little I was reading. I finally pinpointed my greatest distraction late at night…surfing the internet. Between the blogs (I subscribe to 57 different blogs!), the instant news, and Facebook, I found little time to read books. In other words, I was still reading a lot, just not books.

So I did what it usually takes to change my pattern of behavior. I set a goal: read 52 books in a year…one a week. Into my third year, I have yet to hit the goal, although this year I am not far as far behind the pace required to reach it. I just finished my 19th book of the year: Radical Together by David Platt. It was a quick and easy read. I read most of it Friday at Mayo Clinic while I was laying on a gurney, hooked up to an IV, waiting for my turn to go into the operating room for a procedure (that’s a whole other story; I’m fine).

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