Mistaken Identity by Don and Susie Van Run and Newell, Colleen and Whitney Cerak
This shocking case of mistaken identity stunned the country and made national news. Would it destroy a family? Shatter their faith? Push two families into bitterness, resentment, and guilt?
Read this unprecedented story of two traumatized families who describe their ordeal and explore the bond sustaining and uniting them as they deal with their bizarre reversal of life lost and life found.
And join Whitney Cerak, the sole surviving student, as she comes to terms with her new identity, forever altered, yet on the brink of new beginnings.
Mistaken Identity weaves a complex tale of honesty, vulnerability, loss, hope, faith, and love in the face of one of the strangest twists of circumstance imaginable.
The author recounts his six years as an American priest in the mountains of Guatemala, and describes how his experiences there led him to leave the priesthood.
Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.
About the author: Laura Hillenbrand (born May 15, 1967) is an American author of books and magazine articles. Her two bestselling nonfiction books, Seabiscuit: An American Legend (2001) and Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (2010), have sold over 13 million copies, and each was adapted for film. Her writing style is distinct from New Journalism, dropping “verbal pyrotechnics” in favor of a stronger focus on the story itself.
Hillenbrand fell ill in college and was unable to complete her degree. She shared that experience in an award-winning essay, A Sudden Illness,published in The New Yorker in 2003. Her books were written while she was disabled by that illness. In a 2014 interview, Bob Schieffer said to Laura Hillenbrand: “To me your story – battling your disease… is as compelling as his (Louis Zamperini’s) story.”
When You Don’t See His Plan by Nadine Hennesey with Rebecca Baker
After eleven months of marriage to Ed—the love of her life—and pregnant with their first child, the last thing Nadine Hennesey expected was to become a widow. Their dream of serving God together on the mission field was suddenly shattered. However, through her pain and the encouragement of Elisabeth Elliot, God gave Nadine a new dream: to serve women and children whose lives have been affected by profound suffering and loss in war-torn Kosovo.
How can you trust God when your world has been suddenly turned upside down? When You Don’t See His Plan by Nadine Hennesey with Rebecca Baker tells the remarkable story of Nadine’s struggle to overcome fear, renew her trust in God, and move forward in life after the unexpected death of her husband. Discover how you can move beyond devastating circumstances in your own life and follow God, even when you don’t see His plan.
“Never underestimate what God can do through a young woman’s willing heart. Nadine’s inspirational story will motivate you and encourage you to consider what God can do through you.” —Karol Ladd, Author of Power of a Positive Woman