My preferred reading genre is murder-mystery, it's fluff reading I know. The book I read this past week is a biography, I like reading about other people's lives (who doesn't? think of the popularity of blogs :)) Biographies are windows into the times and lives of the person being profiled, I tend to put myself in their place as I read, wondering how I would have dealt with some of their obstacles and trials. This time though, I couldn't put myself in the person's place, it was too painful, too stressful, too sad, too anger-raising. Don't get me wrong, I loved the book, it is well written, and I am in awe of the man profiled. I read this book:
Are you familiar with it? It's the story of Louis Zamperini, a WWII bombardier and POW in a Japanese concentration camp. As I read I was humbled by his will to live, his will to overcome, and his willingness to change. I was angered at the injustices of humanity and the horror of war. I now more fully understand the expression 'war is hell'.
Books can bring change in our lives, the bible changes lives, as does the Book of Mormon, and this book has brought change to my way of thinking on what is truly a hardship and what is a mere inconvenience. Having a flight delayed/canceled, inconvenient. Seeing a loved one suffer, hardship. My perspective on life and its trials has shifted, for the better I hope. If you haven't read Unbroken, you should, your life will be the better for it. I warn you though, it's a tough read, not the flow of words, but the atrocities of war are hard to swallow. We are told that unless we study history we are apt to repeat it, I hope we never repeat another world war.