Friday, January 25, 2013

Unbroken



I just finished a great book that I have to share with you. It is called "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption," and it is by the author of "Seabiscuit" Laura Hillenbrand.

A quick summary: It follows the life of Louis Zamperini, a collegiate record holder in the mile and Olympian, who served in World War Two and became a POW in Japan. It sounds educational, and it is, but it is so much more. It is about the human spirit and what people can put up with to survive and how a person's outlook and attitude make SUCH a HUGE difference. Coming from the counseling perspective, this is such an important lesson for people to learn. Life is not fair nor easy, but it is our attitude and outlook that can make or break us. It also brings to mind what it would take for us as Americans/people to torture and hurt people from other cultures. When would we become brainwashed enough to hurt so easily? Are we in some ways already doing it? Could we survive with others doing it to us in a day and age where we live in such comfort and luxury? Are we losing part of ourselves that we need for survival? How would we treat life after such a horrific experience?

If you only read one book this year, this should be it.
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