Louis Zamperini dies at 97

Featured / Now Reading / July 7, 2014

UnbrokenThe biography of Louis Zamperini, a 5,000 meter 1936 Berlin Olympic runner trapped in a Japanese concentration camp, was one of the most inspiring novels that I’ve read in the past year. In it, Laura Hillenbrand told the remarkable life story of Zamperini’s survival and redemption in her book entitled Unbroken. (thanks for the recommendation Dave Hileman)

About seventy years ago, the world believed that Louis Zamperini was dead. This past Wednesday (July 2, 2014) I was shocked to learn that Louis Zamperini had actually died at the age of 97 – what a survivor.

I love how Gary Sinise summarized the book in an interview. He said, “During the war, he gets shot down over the Pacific Ocean and spends 47 days adrift. He then ends up in a Japanese prison camp for two years, where the most evil commandant regularly beats and tortures him. When Zamperini finally gets home, all he wants is revenge. But he ends up learning to forgive. His courage to survive such oppression, and then to learn to move on with his life, is jaw-dropping. When I read about people of great character like this, I am inspired to stay true to my own values, give back to the world, and be thankful for the freedoms we all take for granted.”

This coming December, Angelia Jolie will retell the story of Zamperini with a movie she has directed also entitled Unbroken. I can’t wait to see this one. Below is the most recent movie trailer available for the move.

Dave Milam
Dave Milam is a pastor, communicator and the founder of One Life Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a a gifted communicator Dave's right brained style of delivery helps his listener connect and remember God's truth in a uniquely visual way. Connect with Dave on Google+

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on July 7, 2014

Amazing man, movie to be released this winter, I believe.

on July 7, 2014

Unbroken is an amazing book. Zamperini’s story is so compelling, may he rest in peace.

on July 9, 2014

Unbroken was my favorite read of the year. Inspiring and thought provoking on many levels.

on July 9, 2014

It was my favorite read also. An incredible true story that really moved me. Hard to imagine everything he survived during the war.

on July 12, 2014

Larry Carlson, I thought of the Carlson’s internment during WWII as I read this book. Have you read it yet? How accurate is it?

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