Author Laura Hillenbrand’s Inspiration

Who knew? Author Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote the book, Seabiscuit: An American Legend, which generated a 2003 movie of the same name, has been a shut-in for years due to the debilitating nature of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) she is suffering.

Author Laura Hillenbrand's book, UnbrokenShe’s coming out with her second non-fiction book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, about Louis Zamperini, who was an Olympic runner, World War II bombardier and a POW. After his plane was shot down, he spent 47 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean before being captured by the Japanese. He was beaten routinely and starved by his captors. But he survived, and now at the age of 93 continues to work as a motivational speaker.

A story posted a couple days ago on USA Today’s website about the remarkable resolve of this author of inspiring true stories is a must-read. This author of inspiring books is herself an inspiration in her ongoing battle in dealing with the debilitating nature of CFS.

UPDATE, Nov. 14, 2010: Former Washington Times colleague Rick Snider, who now writes for The Examiner in Washington, D.C., filed this column for the newspaper following his interview with author Hillenbrand — Rick Snider: Survivor of the Unthinkable.

Inspired by the Divine

From PR Urgent, a free press release service: “Barbara Bernard Miller, author of Mighty Inspiration, offers hope to child victims of Haitian earthquakes. … While many in Haiti suffered terribly, no one has suffered more than the children of Haiti.

“Poverty, poor development, unemployment affecting over 2/3 of the population and one of the highest percentage HIV rates in the world make the situation for Haiti’s children even more distressing. The latest figures from 10 years ago show that there were only 200 orphanages registered in Haiti. One might well ask what God intends in a situation so desperate it seems overwhelming. Barbara Miller, author of Mighty Inspiration, offers words of hope not only to the people of Haiti, but to those who suffer everywhere. She is intimately familiar with the challenges children in orphanages face, as she spent time in an orphanage as a child.

” ‘I wrote this book,’ ” stated Ms. Miller, ” ‘as a way to capture my personal experience and divine inspiration. God has a message that He wishes all people to hear. They are Continue reading “Inspired by the Divine”