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Saturday, September 6, 2008

I Will Not Be Broken

Let me share with you an email that I received this week:

Hi again, Sue
I wanted to reach out to you again to follow up on my email from last week because I really need your help to spread the word. Russia is still dropping cluster bombs on innocent civilians in the Georgian republic, killing and wounding many and spreading dangerous unexploded bomblets that will surely kill and maim people into the future. Survivor Corps is one of the lead organizations in the movement to ban cluster bombs and to assist the survivors of this terrible weapon.

I've put together this social media news release which explains everything.

If you are able to blog about this very important subject, it would benefit many people. Please let me know if you are able to help and send me the link to your post.

Thanks so much.
Dani Sevilla, Survivor Corps

After this email I spent some time looking into Survivor Corps.
What an amazing organization started by a man with a heart wrenching story.
His name is Jerry White and here is a little about his book and testimony upon which the organization is built.

"I Will Not Be Broken"

The loss of a loved one, a painful divorce, or a serious physical injury---we must all, at one point, face tragedy -- unavoidable moments that divide our lives into “before” and “after.”

How do we muscle our way through tough times and emerge stronger, wiser -- even grateful for our struggle? In 1984, author Jerry White lost his leg -- and almost his life -- in a landmine accident. He has endured the pain of loss and the challenge of rebuilding. As cofounder of Survivors Corps, White has interviewed thousands of victims of tragedy. With this book, he shares what he has learned.

White outlines a very specific five-step program to coping with disaster; to achieving strength and hope; and to turning tragedy into triumph. In their own words, his survivor friends and colleagues share their stories. It's a group that includes the well known, like Lance Armstrong, Nelson Mandela, and the late Princess Diana, and also everyday survivors. Through their stories and the author's words, the book takes readers step-by-step through the process of not only surviving tragedy and victimhood, but going on to thrive.

But this goes way beyond the horrible effects of war,
it touches all of us who have faced loss and great disappointment.

Here is a link to an interview with Jerry White from Good Morning America last month:

You will be touched by his testimony and encouraged to rise above whatever may come your way in this life. It's all about faith and choosing life.

Life can break your heart, but God is faithful always!

Check out the link in the above email and see what you can do to help this organization and spread the word!!


Anonymous said...

Sue, that is so awesome!! I loved what he said about we have to choose Life!! Sounds like a great book!

Anita J. said...

Hi Sue Cramer! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a msg. Of course I had to come see what Praise and Coffee was all about. I look forward to checking out your site.

Anonymous said...

Great blog post, especially enjoyed the interview. We too are survivors and have just finished a book about the experience of losing our son when he disappeared on a hike in Hawaii almost 9 years ago. We passionately desire to share our hope with others who have experienced tragedy. As Mr. White said in his interview, it's the dividing point in each of our lives - before and after.

Praise and Coffee said...

Thank you so much for commenting. I will be reading your amazing story.

Anonymous said...

I was not aware of such an organization. Thanks for posting about it. Have you been doing alright these days?

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Thank you so much for bringing issues like this to our attention!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this...and God is so stinkin' that over the course of the past week, I have come across blogs and websites talking about Jerry's book. Guess I had best get to Barnes & Noble and get to reading! :0

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,

My name is Lauren and I'm posting on behalf of Survivor Corps. Thanks so much for sharing the story of Jerry and "I Will Not Be Broken!" It means a lot to us.

I just wanted to give you an update that we've sent a few of our team members to Africa over the next two weeks to talk personally to survivors and to hear their stories. We'll be getting lots of updates via pictures, videos and moving stories from our team on the ground in Africa which we'll post to the Survivor Corps website if anyone's interested.

Thanks so much for your support and caring!

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