Russell and Duenes

From the Ivory Tower: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

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While I wish I had time to review the whole book, let me just say that Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, has now made it into my top ten for best non-fiction. This book is a gripping tale of suffering, endurance, divine providence and redemption, and it is, quite simply, a must-read. I did want to share little tidbits from the book, however, without spoiling the plot. The protagonist, Louie Zamperini, finds himself afloat in a life raft after his bomber had to ditch in the Pacific. After many days at sea, he has a kind of general revelation. Hillenbrand explains,

As he watched this beautiful, still world, Louie played with a thought that had come to him before. He had thought it as he had watched hunting seabirds, marveling at their ability to adjust their dives to compensate for the refraction of light in water. He had thought it as he had considered the pleasing geometry of the sharks, their gradation of color, their slide through the sea. He even recalled the thought coming to him in his youth, when he had lain on the roof of the cabin in the Cahuilla Indian Reservation, looking up from Zane Grey to watch night settling over the earth. Such beauty, he thought, was too perfect to have come about by mere chance. That day in the center of the Pacific was, to him, a gift crafted deliberately, compassionately, for him and Phil.

“The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the skies proclaim his handiwork…For God’s invisible attributes, namely His eternal power and divine nature, are clearly seen by the things He has made.”



Written by Michael Duenes

April 6, 2012 at 6:01 am

Posted in Duenes, Literature

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  1. This is one of my favorite books. I couldn’t put it down once I started. The story itself jus kept building and I could not believe how much louis had to go through. Plus the ending was amazing.


    April 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    • Agreed! It’s an almost unbelievable story. “All things are possible with God.”


      russell and duenes

      April 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm

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