Part 2: Five Weeks or a Lifetime?
Part 2 begins the night of the accident and continues up through "Laura's" arrival in the emergency room. The rest of this section centers upon the five weeks when the Ceraks believed their daughter to be dead, and the Van Ryns cared for a girl that was not their own. Woven into these chapters are the back stories of both families and their daughters, including the key questions of how each of these individuals reached a point at which they could respond to this tragedy as they did. A strong element of this story is how the families came to faith and how that faith developed to the point where they could trust God through the unthinkable. The characters all take on full dimensions in this part, and listeners will identify with and feel a strong affection for them. In this section, both families are still separated, traveling down two different arcs. These arcs come together in the night first described in chapter one. Finally, this section will explore the unfolding drama of the Van Ryn's growing doubts that the girl in the hospital is their daughter.
©2008 Don Van Ryn, Susie Van Ryn, Colleen Cerak, Whitney Cerak, Newell Cerak; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.
I have listened to this book numerous times. Being from Michigan this story was in the news quite a bit. Both of these families have great amounts of strength and courage. I have and would again recommend this book to my friends.
This book was very compelling. I watched the 60 minutes report on this and just had to get the book/audiobook on this story. It was very well written.
This is an excellent audio book! What beautiful people both families are. What deep love for God that walks the walk and doesn't just talk the talk. Very moving and touching! Excellent choice!
I didn't feel like there was anything new to learn in this story about the accident. It was sad and happy and it was nice that the two families allowed God to bring them thru this trying time. But it wasn't super compelling to read because you already knew the ending.
I have followed this story since the beginning and it has stuck in my mind for years. Hearing the details from so many involved was so great! I know the book was meant to tell the story of how great God was through this tragedy but I will say that it became a distracting for me due to how much they consistently spoke about God. It became a bit overwhelming and felt a bit excessive for me, who is someone that isn't hugely religious. I wanted to hear the story about two families, there tragedy, loss and the bonds that were forged over such a tragic mistake. As a reader and a non religious person I would have like about 20% less God talk. Still great story and I'm so very glad they wrote the book. I'd love to see the movie someday!
Avid listener ! Sucker for romance and memoirs
Love the story .. A heartwarming and touching story about family . I just find it odd that their own parents didn't recognize their own daughter ..
Yes, it is nice to listen to a book.
That all are Christians. All the love!!
She has a wonderful voice!!!
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This book was much better than I expected. I really really liked it and have also researched many of the news articles of the time. I love the way the families did it together. God bless them all!
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