Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope
The stunning true story of two families trading places from graveside to bedside.Five lives were lost in a tragic accident involving a Taylor University van, and one young woman, severely injured and comatose, was rushed to the hospital. Families, faculty, students, and communities grieved their... show more
The stunning true story of two families trading places from graveside to bedside.Five lives were lost in a tragic accident involving a Taylor University van, and one young woman, severely injured and comatose, was rushed to the hospital. Families, faculty, students, and communities grieved their losses and joined in prayer and hope as the one young woman, Laura Van Ryn, fought for her life in a hospital bed. The national news spread the story, and people everywhere shared the grief and the hope.Five weeks passed for the Cerak family. Believing they had buried their daughter, the Ceraks clung to their faith and worshipped God through their tears, learning to look forward with hope to an eternal reunion with their lovely daughter Whitney. They spent weeks in mourning and grief, slowly moving toward healing.Five weeks passed for the Van Ryns. Keeping a constant bedside vigil over their precious daughter Laura, they sat and prayed and hoped. They rejoiced at each tiny advance toward recovery. They celebrated each sign of Laura's healing.And then the shock! "Okay, Laura, I would like you to write your name for me," the occupationaltherapist said. W-H-I-T-N-E-Y.An event that could be seen as pure tragedy becomes a celebration of life's unfathomable gifts and mysteries.
Publish date: March 25th 2008
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages no: 275
Edition language: English
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I clearly remembered hearing about this case of mistaken identity in news broadcasts and when I came across this book I thought it would be interesting to learn something about the details of the case. I got the details and it could have been really interesting. The problem was that the book was fil...
The story itself is fascinating - I remember it from the news when it happened, and as soon as I saw there was a book about it, I knew I had to read about it from the families' views.But, but, but. Ugh. I would have LOVED the book if it hadn't been so preachy. I'm a religious person, but I don't ...
This was a tear jerker, because of sadness and hope and joy. I cried for both. It still amazes me how such a mistake can be made. One of my favorite things about this book is how both families worked through each of the changes in their lives with their faith in a loving God. I would recommend this ...
I'm not an overly religious person, so there were aspects of this book that I struggled with. Religion is something that is incredibly important to both families.The story is told very simply, but I felt sorry that Laura's parents didn't seem to feel the same way as Lisa did when they found that Wh...