If necessity is the mother of invention, then adversity is the mother of survival.
Do you ever wonder how you would fare in the most adverse circumstances? Most of us will never know.
But, a few souls demonstrate incredible courage, ingenuity and triumph in the most dire circumstances.
Their stories can bolster our courage in the face of adversity.
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
Unbroken tells the story of Louis Zamperini, Olympic runner and World War II soldier.
The perseverance and resilience Zamperini displayed in the face the multiple titanic challenges is an inspiration.
Knowing his background and family intensifies the story.
The final resolution is satisfying and heart warming.
Aside from the story, the writing is a work of art.
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
“Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds.” —Amazon
The Kurcs were from Radom, Poland, but in the course of the war, three generations are spread throughout Europe and beyond, fleeing the Nazi regime.
I am in awe of this story. It is a light in a dark time and highlights the triumph of love, family and the will to survive.
A Christian family in Holland hides Jews from the Nazis during World War II. Corrie’s incredible story of espionage, imprisonment and forgiveness.
The Ten Boom family takes their faith seriously. They believe the Jews are God’s Chosen People. They risk their lives to protect them.
They continue to trust God in spite of horrific circumstances and they see His hand at work.
Viktor Frankl was a prisoner in a concentration camp in Germany. As a psychiartrist, he analyzed the fellow prisoners, the ones who had given up hope and died and the ones who had the will to live.
He concluded that everyone needs to find their own reason for being on the planet: their life’s work.
Focusing his thoughts on finishing his book and seeing his wife again sustained him during the horrific experience of the concentration camp.
The story of a college rowing team going for the gold hardly seems the stuff of adverse circumstances. But, the pathos of the story draws you in. Joe Rantz is an almost Dickensonian hero.
Tracing the background of Rantz and others on the champion rowing team puts you in the boat with the rowers and has you cheering with the crowds on the shore.
The up close and behind the scenes glimpses of history are instructive and sobering. I love the real life lessons of leadership and teamwork.
What are your favorite stories of people beating the odds?
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