Unbroken {The Book}

Can I get an "Amen"?!?! That was me last night...just one more chapter, one more page...until the wee hours of the morning. Unbroken was THAT good.

Laura Hillenbrand's first novel, Seabiscuit, was so well researched and wonderfully written that I knew I wanted to read her new book. But war stories don't go down easy, so I waited waited until my heart had time and space to take it all in. 

Yesterday was the day. And Maine is the perfect place. {There's something about getting away that inspires me to devour fiction. At home, I tend to stick with non-fiction...not sure why.} With my girls happily running around outside, I settled in with Unbroken {based on a true story}. I could tell within the first few chapters that it was going to be a late night! 

I'd be a fool to try and say anything too deep and meaningful in my sleep-deprived, still-in- awe-of-the-story state, but here's my favorite passage:
"Resting in the shade and the stillness, Louie felt a profound peace. When he thought of his history, what resonated with him now was not all that he had suffered but the divine love that he believed had intervened to save him. In a single, silent moment, his rage, his fear, his humiliation and helplessness, had fallen away. That moment, he believed, he was a new creation. 
Softly, he wept." 
As I read those redeeming words, following so many horrific accounts of suffering unlike anything I will ever know, my heart was humbled, my admiration for veterans was enlarged and my faith was strengthened. Thank you for living, Louie. Thank you for saving Him, Lord. And Laura, thank you for dedicating seven years of your life to tell the story.

And now I'm off to read again...The Art of Racing in the Rain. I'm not a dog person, but I love a redeeming story. {Funny, I bought this book for my sister during our RV blowout incident. Spent two hours in a West Texas Walmart, trying to kill time while we waited seven hours on a Sunday for a tire!}

And next on my list is Major Pettigrew's Last Stand...a book recommended by a new blog friend, Megan, who lives half way across the world on an island. I can tell we're kindred spirits, so I'm looking forward to reading a book she enjoyed. {I love how a few blog comments can spark a new friendship!}

How about you?  Is there a book that's kept you up until the wee hours? What book has stayed with you? Is there a book you'd read a second time? I'm always adding new books to my wishlist and would love to hear your favorites!

Happy Reading!

P.S. This list is by no means complete, but off the top of my head, here are a few of the books I've read voraciously while visiting the coast of Maine over the years...all worth a late night!
The Secret Life of Bees
The Help
The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. {trilogy}
The Bright Side of Disaster
The Friday Night Knitting Club
The Shack
Belong To Me
Love Walked In
We Are All Welcome Here 
Flags of Our Fathers
Jane Eyre {surprising gospel love kept me up until 3 AM!}
Jane Austen {every single one of her novels; P&P twice!} 


  1. This is why I absolutely cannot read at night! Most people I know say they fall asleep, but I'm like you. I will stay up all.night.long.

    I'm a major reader so I could go on forever, but my favorite books are A Prayer for Owen Meany, Prince of Tides and Beach Music (anything by Pat Conroy, really), I Know this Much is True (and all Wally Lamb), Pillars of the Earth. For a great, easy, fun read anything by Anita Shreve- particularly The Last Time they Met. I love Jane Austen too!!

    Yay books! :-)

  2. That is a fantastic quote! The last book that kept me up until the wee hours was Left to Tell. An amazing story of survival!

  3. ok girlie~ Here's the thing. I just finished a book that I LOVED and couldn't put down like you've written here. It makes me want to read another really good book right away. BUT it's not a christian book. It's called Molokai and it's about the leper colony in Hawaii. I read the whole 368 pages in 4 days. I haven't gotten lost in a book since the Help a year ago. I would recommend it on my blog but there's a couple of sketchy parts... Anyway, as far as redeeming books go Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is the best book I've ever read! I'm sure you've probably read it but if not it's an absolute MUST! And I just read about a book on a blog today that I'm going to read called The Peach Keeper. I'm pretty excited about it. Okay... such a long comment but I really enjoy a good book!

  4. Sweet Lissa, I love your "long" comment! I've enjoyed a number of Christian/teaching oriented books (CS Lewis, John Piper, Paul Tripp) but nothing compares to a well written novel. Excellent writing is hard to beat! And I love seeing people put the gifts God has given them to work. Even if they don't acknowledge that the gift is from Him, I can spot it and praise Him for it! Xo!

  5. AnonymousJuly 12, 2011

    Try 'the good, good pig' by sy Montgomery. I lved it!

  6. Oh we are kindred spirits! I love your book list and some that you mention are absolute favorites {Jane Eyre, Love Walked in, Belong To Me, The Help}. The others you mention I will put on my Goodreads list. I am making a long list to buy when I am home, as I only have one book left here! No, "The Story Sisters" I did not care for. Very dark, lots of yucky drug use, etc. I only kept going because I don't have easy access to a bookstore! I loved "The Art of Racing in the Rain" - it is a sweet and very creative writing. Your Walmart story makes me laugh! Thanks for the sweet mention and I hope we can meet in person someday...maybe we can get a girl's trip together for Canton or Round Top!

  7. AnonymousJuly 13, 2011

    Ditto on Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. You will not be able to put it down and by the end you will be crying like a baby. I LOVE this book and the story it tells.

  8. was this to test me to see if i am reading your blog? can't wait to read the book you got me...and unbroken. you know, since i'm just lounging around with 3 babies and all.

  9. Sis, you are too funny! Not a test, but way to read every word! It's a baby present...for all that free time you'll have! Ha! At least you know that when I'm stranded in the middle of nowhere, you're the one on my mind! You're the only one I bought a gift for on that crazy day! Xoxo!

  10. So very true! Can't wait to read that book and thanks for the list of other books!

  11. You sparked my curiosity! I just picked up " a million miles in a thousand years" is that right? I have never heard of some of your books..I am excited. I might just delve into books for the rest of summer!
    A girls trip would be fun..that is on my bucket list:)
    I have never been to the New England states..I would so love to go. Take lots of pictures for me ok?

  12. My husband is reading it now and is impressed.

  13. I hope you are having an amazing time in my neck of the woods! It is like the perfect week to be in Maine. I'm a tad jealous of you right now- I love it up there!

  14. you KNOW I love reading....I can't wait to pick up the one that you just finished....UNBROKEN.

    Can you believe that I haven't read any of her books???

    I think I've been so busy reading classics and parenting books that I haven't made time to read anything else.

    I actually think this post has convinced me to go to the library tomorrow morning!

    Happy Weekend~

  15. this was just in time...we are getting ready to head out on vacation and I need some good reading recommendations! i haven't read most of your favs so I need to check them out... A few of my all time favorites: Rebecca, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Poisonwood Bible, A Year of Wonders, The Red Tent, and all of Elizabeth Berg and Anita Shreve's novels. When I'm reading a great book, time stands still, i CAN NOT stop till it's finished. Been a while since I've had one of those. I'm reading The Piano Teacher at the moment... Hope you are having fun in Maine. Glad you were able to escape the heat. i hear things are pretty HOT in TX, it's even making our news!

  16. Oh you have me so interested, it sounds like a book I need to put on my list! Hope you are having a relaxing time!


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