Review: Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive by Laura Hillenbrand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Most amazing biography I’ve read for years. READ THIS BOOK. I read an adaptation for young adults – I don’t know how it’s different from the original. The writing style is very good: straight-forward, plain, and quite compelling.
Going through one harrowing experience after another with sharks and prison guards, Louie comes through unbroken. Now, the secular version would marvel at the resilience of the human spirit through all this. But I found the last 2 chpaters or so more powerful than all the sensational experiences he went through. You see, Louis Zamperini did NOT survive with an unbroken spirit. Once home in Hollywood, he gave in to a deep alcohol addiction, anger toward God, and the quest for vengeance to kill the main prison guard who beat him mercilessly. What saved him was the Lord Jesus Christ. The book goes a little light on the person of Jesus, focusing instead on Billy Graham. But without Louie’s obvious Christian conversion, he would have remained a broken man.
Unbroken is a book not so much about the awful things men can put other men through, or the survival of castaways by extreme methods. Unbroken is in the end about the power of forgiveness in Jesus Christ to deal with the scars of such events.
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