Posted by: Rolf | November 14, 2013

Unbroken

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“Unbroken” is a must read book about the “survival, suffering, and redemption” of World War II veteran Louis Zamperini.

Zamperini, a former Olympic runner, served as a “bombardier” in the Pacific Theatre of the war.

During a search and rescue mission, his B-24 crashed in the Pacific.

Zamperini, battling starvation, sharks, and Japanese Zeroes, drifted in a life raft with two others for thousands of miles.

But that was just the beginning of his epic battle for survival.

He was picked up by the Japanese and made a prisoner of war.

After his liberation from the camp at the end of the war, Zamperini’s life spiraled out of control from alcoholism, his only coping mechanism for his horrific wartime experience and the torture he suffered.

Below is a short profile of Louis Zamperini introduced by Brett Baier at Fox News.

His story represents so well the courage of many of our veterans and also points to the transformation of so many lives through the crusades of Billy Graham.

While I was reading this book by Laura Hillenbrand, it became clear to me that Christ was the only thing that could redeem Zamperini’s life.

A few years after the war, Zamperini was transformed by the power of the Gospel at a Billy Graham Crusade in Southern California.

Zamperini not only forgave his Japanese tormentors but worked a lifetime in ministry mentoring the young.

One of the problems in evangelicalism today is the lack of leadership.

There is a lack of uncompromising voices like a Billy Graham who is pointing the country to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It’s folly to believe this country can be salvaged or reformed without a strong vibrant faith in the people.

For the Christian, the remedy for sin is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is not all of the substitutes for the Gospel that has flooded our culture.

Even big government now promises to treat so many of the symptoms of sin by trying and failing to build a heaven on earth.

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Louis Zamperini, born January 26, 1917 (age 96)

Louis Zamperini currently lives in Hollywood, California.

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Billy Graham, born November 7, 1918 (age 95)

Billy Graham currently lives in Montreat, NC

In His Grip and Serving Grace…

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