Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Unsinkable: A Book Review

About The Book:

The stirring narrative of Unsinkable tells sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland’s remarkable true story of attempting to become the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world.

More people have flown into outer space than have sailed solo around the globe. It is a challenge so immense that many have died trying, and all have been pushed beyond every physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual limit. In Unsinkable, readers follow Abby Sunderland into those depths. This biography delivers a gripping and evocative firsthand account that starts prior to her departure, travels through her daring (and sometimes near-death) encounters on the open sea, to her dramatic rescue in the remotest corner of the Indian Ocean, and the media explosion that happened upon her safe return to dry land.

Along the way, readers discover what it means to boldly face any challenge, to strive after something great, and to plumb the depths of faith, fear, and desperation only to emerge changed, renewed, and emboldened. In this day and age, when the most productive thing a teenager may do is play videogames, Abby’s ambition and tenacity is a real-life parable of what can happen when we choose to exceed our own limits, embrace faith, and strive after what all the naysayers say is impossible.


About The Authors:

Abby Sunderland is the second of eight children in a family of sailors and adventurers. In 2007, at age 13, Abby discovered her dream of sailing solo around the world and was inspired by her brother Zac's successful circumnavigation in 2009. Her own journey, in 2010, ended in the Indian Ocean when a rogue wave rolled her sailboat, Wild Eyes. Abby now shares her story of tenacity and courage to audiences everywhere.

Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling collaborative writer of Heaven Is for Real, in which a father recounts his three-year-old son's encounter with Jesus and the angels during an emergency appendectomy; Same Kind of Different as Me, the story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy white art dealer and a homeless African-American man; Unsinkable, the story of 16-year-old Abby Sunderland's attempt to sail around the world; and Going Rogue: An American Life, the memoir of former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
The author, coauthor, and collaborative writer of ten books, Vincent worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD Magazine covering politics, culture, and current events. A U.S. Navy veteran, she teaches writing at colleges and conferences around the country. Lynn lives in San Diego, CA.
My Review:
When I first heard about the journey of Abby Sunderland, one of the first things I thought was, "she is so young to be doing this on her own". However, the more I learned about this young women, through following her journey and reading Unsinkable, I have a lot of admiration for her. She had a goal, set up a plan and went for it! She is a young lady with maturity and wisdom that is beyond her years. A very inspirational young lady to be sure.
Unsinkable is written in three different view points: Abby's, a narrartor and those who took part of her rescue effort. The book is a very quick read and is very descriptive, making you feel that you are experiencing each step of Abby's journey. 
This is a great book to inspire people of all ages, but especially teens, to go for their dreams and make the come true. Trusting in God and following His plan for your life, regardless of your age, will bring you through good and bad times, but you will learn so much for following those plans, just as Abby did! She did not give up when everyone else around her thought it would be best, and when it became apparent that she needed to for safety reasons, she knew God had other plans!
A great read that I highly recommend.
BUY IT: Unsinkable by Abby Sunderland and Lynn Vincent is available at your favorite bookseller from Thomas Nelson
***I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications Inc., and Thomas Nelson, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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