Monday, January 12, 2015

Book Review: Don't Give Up, Don't Give In

Don't Give Up, Don't Give In. Lessons From An Extraordinary Life. Louis Zamperini and David Rensin. 2014. 272 pages. [Source: Library]

If you've read Unbroken, then chances are you're going to want to read Don't Give Up, Don't Give In too. Readers learn more: more about his childhood, more about his training and running, more about the war years--his service, his time adrift, his imprisonment, his survival--more about what happened after the war--before and after his conversion. It brings readers up to date, completes his life story. (In fact, the manuscript was finished just days before Louis Zamperini's death.) And it has a more personal, more intimate feel. I would definitely recommend it.

Don't Give Up, Don't Give In is more than an autobiography. It is packed with advice for readers of all ages.

Run for Your Life

  • The Family Rules
  • Anyone Can Turn Their Life Around
  • The Difference Between Attention and Recognition is Self-Esteem
  • It's Not How You Win, It's How You Lose
  • A Race Isn't Over Until It's Over

Be Prepared

  • Preparation Determines Your Survival
  • My Survival Kit
  • Trust What You Know
  • Keep Your Mind Sharp
  • Don't Forget to Laugh

Don't Give Up, Don't Give In

  • You Are the Content of Your Character
  • Never Let Anyone Destroy Your Dignity
  • Hate Is a Personal Decision
  • The True Definition of a Hero

Attitude is Everything

  • You Must Have Hope
  • Don't Ask Why, Ask What's Next
  • You Choose How To View Your Fate
  • The Secret of Contentment

After the War: Still Lost

  • You Can't Run (Or Sail) Away From Yourself
  • Don't Leave the Crucial Details to Others

There's Always An Answer To Everything

  • You Need a Cloud to Have A Silver Lining
  • Know When You've Done All You Can Do
  • The Gangster and the Gospel

Give Back

  • It Takes a Camp To Help A Child
  • Get Their Attention
  • First You Listen
  • Accomplishment Is the Key to Self-Respect
  • My Private Reward
  • The Mission That Never Ends

What I've Learned

  • Challenge Yourself
  • Learn to Adapt
  • Commitment and Perseverance Pay Off
  • You're Only As Old As You Feel
  • Free Advice

Lessons of the Olympic Spirit

  • It's About People
  • You Have To Carry A Torch
  • Forgiveness is the Healing Factor

Remember Me This Way

  • A Charitable Heart

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

1 comment:

Sherry said...

Mr. Zamperini was quite a hero, I found this book and Unbroken both fascinating. However, I maintain that "Unbroken" is a misnomer. He was quite a "broken" man when he returned from the war, and it was only by the grace of God through Christ that Mr. Zamperini was able to be "mended" and unbroken, as I think he would agree.