Even among the greatest generation there are people so extraordinary that their story catches one off-guard. The saga of Louis Zamperini recounted in Laura Hillenbrand’s book, Unbroken, was such a story. Louis Zamperini was an olympic runner. He was a crew member on several riveting missions in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was a survivor for nearly 2 months at sea on a tiny raft. He was a POW, interred in several Japanese prison camps, living under truly nightmarish conditions. More than anything, Louis Zamperini was an overcomer through the grace of Jesus Christ. The horrific experiences that he endured nearly cost him his life, his mind, his soul and his future.
Thanks to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, through the ministry of another great man of that generation (Rev. Billy Graham) Louis’s course was transformed from one of despair, bitterness, and vengeance. In place of despair, he found hope. Bitterness was replaced with peace. Vengeance was exchanged for forgiveness. Although not a “Christian” book, Unbroken contains a powerful testimony of the miraculous healing that comes through faith.
If there is one living person I could choose to meet, it would be Louis Zamperini. Never have I read a more inspiring story.
**I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review**