NEVER. GIVE. UP.
That's what I learned from the biographical Unbroken. It's the story about Louis Zamperrini a hellion of a child and a menace to society through his early adolescence. It's the story of an unforeseen Olympian who overcame all odds of survival in WW II and even the fallout of incredible trauma and addiction.
If you are in need of inspiration in your life right now read this book. It is the most inspirational book I have ever read. Not kidding.
If there weren't eye witnesses it would be deemed fiction. For, it is too amazing to be considered real. It is utterly fantastical.
Yet, for as unbelievable as the events are one does not shrug and say "I could never do that." There is not a distancing that can usually occur with heroes who seem so other-worldly. There is something about Zamperini that is accessible. When reading about his life you hear an invitation and a desire to be like him. You WANT to be like this guy. You want to honor his life. You want to never give up.
A PARABLE FOR RECOVERY
This is the perfect book for those in recovery.
What most sex addicts and addicts in general suffer from is hopelessness:
"It will never get better."
"Things will never change."
"I'll always be stuck in my addiction."
"I'll always be this way."
Addicts feel the odds are stacked against them and that there is no use in trying. After being beaten down numerous times by the disease the invitation to despair is alluring.
Never Give Up. It sounds cliché. But, it will feel far from cliché after reading Unbroken. Louis' life will give new meaning to those words.