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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,093 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don & Susie Van Ryn, Newell, Colleen, & Whitney Cerak, Newell, Colleen, & Whitney Cerak Narrator: Lillian Thayer Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alice M | 2/17/2014

    " While I was familiar with the story that was broadcast on the news, this was a glimpse into the family side of the events and how they unfolded. My heart goes out to both of the families involved in this story -- I can't imagine being on either side of the tragedy. Even after reading it, though, I felt like I wanted more information. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shauntel | 2/16/2014

    " I thought this story was really interesting, although I didn't really like how the book was written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eve | 2/7/2014

    " Wow. When this story occurred back in '06, I remember being so shaken by it. These two families are truly amazing. Their faith got them through such a terrible tragedy. Very uplifting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ebell1993 | 2/3/2014

    " This book took forever to find at my library but it so worth the wait! Very interesting story and it' true too. I loved it!! "

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