Unbroken {Giveaway}



No recipe today my friends. 

Please don’t panic. I have not fallen out of love with food. I’ll be sharing two new recipes with you before the week is complete. If you can’t wait that long click over to my recipe file where more than 400 recipes are just waiting to become your new best friend. 

I am taking a little recipe break, because I have recently read a book that is so amazing and inspirational, I couldn’t help but tell you about it. Just in case you know how to read, and enjoy doing so on a regular basis. 🙂 

Unbroken is written by Laura Hillenbrand. It’s the biography of Louie Zampernini, Olympian Athlete and World War II survivor.
It is difficult to read at times, due to the insanely harsh and unbelievable conditions Mr. Zampernini experienced during the war. However, the story is compelling, riveting and immensely moving. It’s the kind of book that makes you grateful just to lay your head down at night on a clean pillow in the safety of your own home. Page after page I found myself in complete awe of Louie Zampernini, his constant will to live, the strength of his character, and his kindness to those suffering around him. It left me wanting to be better, do better, live better. 

Read it, my friends. Your time will be well spent. 

I would love to order a copy of this book for TWO of you. To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment telling me one of your favorite books, and why you loved it. Also, please leave your email address with your comment. You can enter from now until Sunday night at midnight. The winners will be announced Monday morning bright and early with the sunshine. 

Have a good day, everyone! See you back here soon. Calories will be included in the next several posts. 🙂

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  1. 1
    January 24, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I just finished Escape from Rwanda. A short read, but a feel good one. I am happy that I have so far kept up with my goal this year….to read one book a month. I haven't read a book in SO long before that.

    This book you mention sounds like one I would REALLY like.


  2. 2
    January 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I love to read anything Lisa Scottoline writes. This book sounds like an interesting read.

  3. 3
    January 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I enjoyed reading The Kite Runner. As the wife of a U.S. Marine, I appreciated learning more about the culture of the Middle East. Unbroken has been on my list to read for awhile, what a treat it would be to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway, Jamie!

  4. 4
    January 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I jut finished reading the princess bride, I love it just as much as the movie, probably more.

  5. 5
    January 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    One of my favorite books is Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II by Darlene Deibler Rose. She was a missionary who ended up being placed in a Japanese POW camp during WWII—her husband was placed in a separate camp. There are lots of interesting historical/cultural details. But you also see God working very powerfully in her life.

    There is a heart-wrenching scene, that always brings me to tears where Darlene is imprisoned by the Japanese secret police and has prayed for something, and then retracts that prayer because she thinks it's impossible for God to answer. He amazingly demonstrates that nothing is impossible for Him and gives her exceedingly, abundantly above what she had asked for. And, she immediately feels so humbled. I am teary-eyed now just recounting it, and I am not someone that cries at the drop of a hat.

    It's an exceedingly well-written book, and definitely one of my favorites.

  6. 6
    January 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I'm currently reading “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” – it's a hard read. Brings 9/11 back to the front of my brain (I lived up in the DC area when 9/11 happened) and because of the Aspergeriness of the boy (and his father) in teh story, brings me back to my every day life with my autistic son. I'm actually going to see the movie today with a friend of mine and I can't wait.

    Also really enjoyed “The Help” – but it took me a little bit to get into it. The language of the story was hard to get used to but once I did, I couldn't put it down. Was like that with The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks too.

    Oh I can't pick just one – I LOVE to read!

    • 7
      January 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      oops forgot my email! (jmm823@gmail.com) – as an aside – for those of us that have kindles, will you purchase book books or electrinoc books?

  7. 8
    January 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Wow, you should work for a publisher – your description of this book is amazing!

    • 9
      February 7, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      It’s a relief to find sonemoe who can explain things so well

  8. 10
    January 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway and the post. I want to go buy it now based on your synopsis, but I'll wait to see it I win 😉 I have to admit I don't read books very often and when I do they are usually non fiction books. What I'm reading now is a book I downloaded from Amazon for free(a $14.95value)for my Kindle app. It's titled Instant Self Hypnosis-How to Hypnotize Yourself with Your Eyes Open. So far I'm skeptical but intrigued.
    tsgkrn @ yahoo dot com

  9. 11
    January 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I read a book called the Breaking Night about a girl who overcomes the worst of circumstances to make something of herself. It is very inspiring!

  10. 12
    January 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I just finished the Hunger Games Trilogy. I loved it….excited to see the movie.

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      February 8, 2014 at 2:17 am

      There are no words to describe how bodiuaocs this is.

  11. 14
    January 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Recently finished “The Help” and it was eye-opening, in addition to being entertaining. (Saw the movie too.)

  12. 15
    January 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    My all time favorite book is one I read as a child, and forced my daughter to read as well! The Westing Game…………it's a puzzle mystery, and I re-read it periodically. Love it just as much now as I did then!

  13. 16
    January 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I just got done with The Help great read. lunylinda@hotmail.com

  14. 17
    January 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    My favorite book is “Gone With the Wind”. I love it and I don't even know how many times I read it. I love Scarlett; she is somewhat of a spoiled brat, but I love that she doesn't let society determine how she acts or what she does. She does what she feels she needs to do in order to survive, and eventually, thrive. I also love the look back at history. (However embellished it may be in the story!)

    mrsrobynharris (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. 18
    January 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    My favorite book is probably Pride and Prejudice. The attention to detail and the descriptions are amazing. Thanks for the chance. I like your calorie free days too!


  16. 19
    January 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Oh fun. I would love to read this book. One of my favorite books is Tess of the D'Urbervilles. It's beautiful and touching and sad and heartbreaking.

  17. 20
    January 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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  18. 21
    January 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I love the Harry Potter series! They are my favorite books to read. They're so well written and creative. Such a fun read! My favorite book growing up was “The BFG” and I still love it today!


  19. 22
    January 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I also read Unbroken earlier this year and loved it! By far one of the best books ever! However, I borrowed it from the library, so I would love to have my own copy. I am always reccomending it.

  20. 23
    January 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I adore The Book Thief. It also takes place during WWII. What I really liked about this book is that you see a different side of the war…instead of bad people doing horrible things, you see it from the side of the people who risked everything to help the Jews, even if they were not Jewish themselves. Beautiful beautiful story.

  21. 24
    January 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    My favorite book has been the same since high school, 'To Kill A Mockingbird.' I think I love this book so much because of the characters. They are so well written and easy to love. I feel like I know them! Love the movie too! Thanks!

  22. 25
    January 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I loved The Help. It really opened my eyes to racism and really the era of that book wasn't that long ago. I know that racism still exists today, but it's nothing like it was. I would love to read this book. Sounds great!

  23. 26
    January 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I loved the Twilight and Harry Potter books of course, but as for real books, I really enjoyed The Help as for the story of how maids were treated in the 60's really shocked me! I also loved Sarah's Key. It is heartbreaking but such a worthwhile read. Also set in WWII about a survivor or the concentration camps.

    • 27
      February 8, 2014 at 6:07 am

      Your’s is the innleligett approach to this issue.

  24. 28
    January 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I love pride and prejudice and reread it a lot. It's just a great love story. Recently I read the help and it really got to me. Made me laugh. Made me cry, just really enjoyed it.

    Kassiebunting at gmail dot com

  25. 29
    January 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I love to read anything by Beth Moore. She is truly challenging and makes you look at scripture “stories” and bible heros in a new, relevant way… I spend my time on so many things, when I read I want to invest the time… Would love to read this, will have to buy a cope if I dont win :0) but would love to win it. mary(dot)mimi54atgmail.com

  26. 30
    January 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I'll have to confess someday…one of my favorite books is called “The Junkyard Dog.” I got it in probably 5th grade at a book fair, it's a short and sweet chapter book about a girl and a dog. 😉 I usually read more advanced books now (I read ALLLL the time!), but I still pull out that one about once a year and read it in one sitting when I just need some warmth and comfort. 🙂 I actually just added Unbroken to my book wish list, so it would be awesome to win this! My husband is also in Afghanistan (for 14 months! AGH!), so all things military have a special place in my heart.

  27. 31
    January 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I would totally love to read this book! I also loved The Help. Absolutely amazing book. beckythalgott@yahoo.com

  28. 32
    January 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    One of my absolutely favorite books was East of Eden. I've enjoyed so many books in the last couple of years, including: These Is My Words, The Help, Pride & Prejudice, The Book Thief, and Sarah's Key. Right now I'm rereading The Little House series with my 7 year-old and Death Comes to Pemberley. sahmcg89 @ yahoo(dot)com

  29. 33
    January 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I would be thrilled to win this give-a-way! I requested it from our local library and am far in the que. It is my next selection for my book club!

    Ah, to pick one favorite…here are a few:

    Cutting for Stone
    We Need to Talk About Kevin (tough subject, but good story!)
    Little Women
    Empire Falls

    I could go on and on…fingers crossed! 🙂

  30. 34
    January 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    One of my all time favorite books is These is My Words. Such a sweet love story. Love following your blog! Thanks for all your hard work. msudweeks@gmail.com

  31. 35
    January 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I have heard this is a great book! One of my all time favorite books is Jane Eyre. And one of my most recent favorites is A thousand Splendid Suns, it was one of those life changing books that really made you look at life around you and see how blessed I am to live here in America.


  32. 36
    January 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I love to read, and it is hard to pick a favorite. I would have to say Pride and Prejudice or Anne of Green Gables.

  33. 37
    January 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom. It was a great example to me of living unselfishly and doing the right thing during difficult circumstances, even if it meant sacrificing your own life. It's a true story about Corrie's life and her family's during World War II.


  34. 38
    January 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Harry potter series, I read all of them 2yrs ago. The writing just draws you in! The first 3 are much more juvenile but the next four are much more adult themed. happy_puddles@hotmail.com

  35. 39
    January 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    For little kiddos, I love “Barnyard Dance”. For young kids, I love “Junie B. Jones loves Handsome Warren”. For myself? I love a lot of books…the one that effected me the most in the past while is “Sarah's Key”.

  36. 40
    January 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    My favorite series of books is the Harry Potter books. I love them so much because of the inevitable win of good over evil. Fascinating to read and enjoy.

  37. 41
    January 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I love classics. So my favorite is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I love the undying love Heathcliffe has for Catherine.What a love story. ciao4now64@yahoo.com

  38. 42
    January 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    My favorite book is a book by Gloria Naylor (author of Women of Brewster Place) called Linden Hills. It is a tale of a broken family and property lines (sounds weird I know) IT IS A GREAT BOOK! It weaves back and forth between generations and I just love that, she is a great writer. My email address is chinya76@yahoo.com and I would love to win because I love books with historical value.

  39. 43
    January 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    one of my favorite books is a similar genre… Flags of our Father's. I actually took the time to write the author it has such an effect on me! Love historical books! Love your recipes! huhebdon@msn.com

  40. 44
    Kathleen Lane
    January 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    My favorite book is Goodnight Mr. Tom. It is about an abused boy that is evauated from London during the war and placed in a home with a grouchy old man. I love seeing both of the characters grow and develop as their trust and dependency on each other blossoms.

  41. 45
    January 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I love the Hunger games and One Second After. Anything to educate me on surviving the worst case scenerios that could come. This sounds like one I would LOVE! Thanks for introducing it to us!Lorie

  42. 46
    January 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I'm having trouble coming up with a favorite, but I just read a good book called The Unit by Ninni Holmquist. I also really enjoy Chitra Divakaruni's books.


  43. 47
    January 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I recently finished “The Passage” by Justin Cronin. I felt like I was watching a suspenseful, nail-biting thriller. I hope someone makes a film of it! Without giving anything away, I can say that you will not be able to put this book down.

  44. 48
    January 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    There are too many books I love to choose just one! A book I read recently that made me laugh out loud while reading is “Eat Cake” by Jeanne Ray. It is about a woman who bakes cakes to deal with stress in life, sound familiar? I have read Seabiscut so I would love to read Unbroken also, thanks!

  45. 49
    January 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    My favorite is The Glass Castle by Jeannett Walls. I highly recommend it. It's a memoir about the author's life growing up in a poor, dysfunctional family that never gives up on themselves or eachother. It is spellbinding! Thanks – tkwegs@shaw.ca

  46. 50
    Terri Prenger
    January 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    “Left to Tell” by Immaculee Ililbagiza

  47. 51
    January 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    It looks like I'm not the only one who loves “Left to Tell.” I love so many books, it is hard to choose one. I would love to win this book for my friend Lisa. She is very VERY sick, bedridden, and needs something to read and inspire her. sethpeggy at gmail is my email.

  48. 52
    January 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    My favorite book of all time is Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Though an old classic, its message is quite powerful. Regardless of the trials and difficulties a person may face, there is still so much to be grateful for and be optimist about.

  49. 53
    January 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all time favourites. More recently, Cutting for Stone, the Art of Racing in the Rain, and Sarah's Key. stephanie.rooney316@gmail.com

  50. 54
    January 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    My favorite author is Richard Paul Evans. I have read nearly all of his books and just finished reading “Lost December” which is close to being my favorite of all time. His books are so inspirational and are so close to my own life experiences. I would love to read Unbroken and cannot wait to get a copy. Thank you for all you do! Many Blessings! Tammy in Alabama email: tammy.averett@infirmaryhealth.org

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