Today, I’ve got a guest post over on Bookwi.se about a book that I just finished reading last week. The book was titled Unbroken: A World War II Story by Laura Hillenbrand. It is a fantastic book that follows Olympic Runner turned Bombardier, Louie Zamperini, during WWII in the Pacific. Louie experienced a plane crash in the Pacific which ultimately resulted in his capture by the Japanese.
You can read: Unbroken: A World War II Story Laura Hillenbrand (Andy’s Review) here.
As I was reading the book, I was personally wishing that I had more opportunity to ask my grandfather about the experiences that he had in the Pacific during WWII. He actually was in some of the same camps that were stateside during training that Louie was in. To hear the details of the conditions that these soldiers dealt with is amazing. I can’t even begin to imagine what life would be like today, if we had to prepare for a global war where we had to send men and women to the front lines across multiple oceans.
When I read about how these men who left everything they knew to learn how to fight, defend and survive, I really wonder if today’s society could handle it. While technology is vastly different today than it was in the 40s, it still comes down to people who have to pull the trigger. Drones and stealth and cruise missiles only go so far. You still have to put a heart and soul in the seat to determine right and wrong. Someone who can make the gut decision when called upon.
We are SO blessed as a people. Americans are spoiled in their ways. We don’t see the world the same as others around the globe. We need to remember how good we have it. However, as christians, we need to remember that we were stranded in a raft just like Louie was. Sharks were in the waters around us the entire time. It was God watching over us and keeping us safe. At the right time, God provided a plan that would save us from the danger.
If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy the book. If you’re not a reader, I suggest you watch these videos on YouTube. They’ll make you cry and will make you be thankful.
Follow up Interview (2012)