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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: April 2008 ISBN: 9780743577045
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Egbert | 1/24/2014

    " It was good - I liked it better as a story than as an inspiration. Totally facinating to hear all that went on in this bizzare experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 1/17/2014

    " Really inspiring story about the faith and hope of 2 families - "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jone | 1/10/2014

    " Story of deep tragedy, courage and remarkable forgiveness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Lynix | 12/20/2013

    " Very inspirational book with a lot of Scripture references. An amazing but almost unbelievable story about two girls switched in death. Tragic but bittersweet! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devonne West | 12/10/2013

    " Tragic, but yet wonderful story and the courage of both families to tell it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy English | 9/3/2013

    " I liked this one A LOT! Cried a bit, and usually don't do that w/books. I would strongly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen Heyboer | 8/1/2013

    " A great book about the peace God can give through all circumstances! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayley | 6/23/2013

    " This was a tragic but hopeful story of God's unfailing love. To always turn to Him and never lose faith! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizz | 4/2/2013

    " This book has an intense religious focus. It's not so much a story about how these two girls were mistaken for each other. It's more about how each family coped with the situation, and how they received strength from God. The bible passages and prayers make up about half of the book. Be prepared. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha N-C | 4/1/2013

    " This book was wonderful. It is filed in the medical section of the library, but it is actually a story of faith. Two families are brought together when their daughters are involved in the same accident. It is truly an amazing story. Bring lots of tissues; it is heart-wrenching at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/24/2013

    " Amazing story. I'm in awe of the awesome faith in God that these people have! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam and Tonya | 12/18/2012

    " I've recently drawn a lot of strength from true stories of people who overcome unbelievable odds. This book is so much more than just a tragic story. It is about how God carries us through our greatest trials and darkest hours. I highly recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 12/31/2011

    " I am from Indiana, and we all knew about this horrific tragedy as it was unfolding. The strength and courage of these two families is unbelievable. Their faith is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 10/4/2011

    " the faith these families have is amazing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pepper | 10/2/2011

    " This book was O.K. It was interesting. I don't think I would have felt the same as them or have been as forgiving. I would have been a lot angrier if the same situation happened in my family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 9/22/2011

    " Having experienced the loss of family members myself, it was a little painful to read. However, the faith of the families involved in this tragedy is nothing short of inspiring. Hard to believe, but good for discussion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 9/1/2011

    " A: Picked up on a whim. Seems like an actual retelling of the events of the Whitney and Laura who were misidentified after a tragic automobile accident. Through every challenge both families kept strong in their faith and God led them through the storms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Johnson-lane | 6/22/2011

    " God is truly amazing! This book is a must read for those who believe in His power. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/1/2011

    " My question is still left unanswered and for that I am truly disappointed with this book... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 4/20/2011

    " amazing story, my heart goes out to the families, but the book was very religious which took away from the story.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 4/4/2011

    " Fascinating story, but the book is just too long, too preachy, and not well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaimee | 3/30/2011

    " Very interesting story and heartfelt emotion written by the families. It had a lot of religious dialogue that I felt took away from some of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacybuchwalter | 3/17/2011

    " page turner...based on a true story as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 3/8/2011

    " Read this book straight through in 16 hours and I usually take a about 2 weeks to a month to read a book. Couldn't put it down, incredible story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 3/1/2011

    " Absolutely amazing people. Probably the most emotional crisis parents can face. Truly sad and tragic yet uplifting in the way both sets of parents dealt with difficulties they faced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nellie | 2/24/2011

    " Pretty sure you know this story which was covered by the media like crazy. But it was interesting to me to read in detail. Plus it was picked by my "church" book club as it is definitely a faith builder if you believe in Christ. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 2/13/2011

    " It wasn't a nail biter, because of course, you already know the outcome, but at this time in my life, it was nice to read about other people's testimonies and their faith even through horrible grief. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/9/2011

    " A great book. The families had such strong faith to get them through this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/29/2011

    " An interesting story. Very religious but a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandee | 1/22/2011

    " This was a truly amazing book. So glad that these people decided to share their story and it was so touching. A great story of faith. "

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About the Author
The Van Ryn family -- Don, Susie, Lisa, Kenny, and Mark -- of Grand Rapids, Michigan shares an avid interest in outdoor recreation. Don and Susie, married for thirty years, are leaving their chosen professions to dedicate themselves full time to an outdoor camping experience for youth in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Lisa is pursuing a career in physical therapy, and Kenny lives and works in Southern California. Mark is recently married and resides in the Detroit area.

Despite the sorrow surrounding the passing of their daughter Laura,the family continues to be involved in the work of their local church and community.
About the Narrator

Lillian Thayer is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Abiding Darkness by John Aubrey Anderson and books in Maisey Yates’ Copper Ridge series.