We’re talking books today for A is For Adelaide’s #52WeeksA4A Challenge!
Before I talk about any other book I’m going to stay true to me and mention that my all-time everything book is The Bible. It’s the only book that I read over and over, that acts itself out in my life, encourages, convicts, inspires awe and brings me to my knees. That being said it’s not like y’all haven’t heard this before so I won’t make a whole post about it. But seriously, get on that would you ;).
Putting that aside (because to me The Bible is more than just a book anyhow) I’m going to talk about one of the most impactful books I’ve read and some lessons I learned from it.
Unbroken was a book club read, and I feel a twinge of pride that our group read it before it really exploded onto the scene (thanks, Alissa). Saying it was not a light read is an understatement. It was draining, horrifying and heavy. Also awesome. I know that word gets overused but in this case it’s fitting.
It’s a true story about the life of Louis Zamperini. Pretty much a current Job figure where everything that could go wrong does, but at the same time he should have been dead SO many times that he was a walking miracle. A miracle and a curse wrapped up in one unbreakable man.
I wouldn’t call this an easy summer read, but if you want to appreciate your life and the depths of the human spirit then this one is for you. I actually haven’t seen the movie yet. I plan to, but maybe knowing how emotionally taxing the book was I can’t face it on the big screen yet. Nevertheless here are the lessons I learned.
Your supposed character flaws can become your biggest assets.
As a youth, Zamperini was always running away from trouble. That running eventually led him straight into the Olympics as a runner! So often in life we take in the message that things about us need to change. Sometimes all that’s needed is a little redirection and great things can get accomplished!
Appreciate the times.
During times of war, years would go by not knowing the status of loved ones! Even the descriptions of the planes made me fully appreciate both what those before us had to work with and endure, but also the ease at which we can communicate and do our day-to-day activities.
People can do the basest, most horrifying things.
It was gut wrenching hearing what the POW’s went through. Things I still can’t get out of my head and that make my stomach churn. When people groups or individuals are dehumanized, it’s sickening how low the human race can go.
on the flip side…
People can rise to the occasion and do the impossible.
The fight to survive is strong, and the mental toughness that Louis had is beyond comprehension. The human spirit can do magnificent things if in the right environment.
Don’t give up on the people around you.
Louis had people in his life that waited and waited for him. He also was a great friend and helped make those around him better.
Forgiveness is possible even for the worst offenders.
There is a situation that is still a work in progress for me to fully forgive. It’s no small thing, but when I think of what Louis overcame to forgive I am extremely humbled.
Have you read Unbroken? What did you think? It’s been a while for me so these are off the top of my head.
If you are looking for a lighter read, or just some new ideas my Pinterest Board has some great lists from all around the Blogosphere. Check it out! Happy Reading fellow bookworms and bookworm wannabes!