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Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope [Hardcover]

By Newell Cerak (Author), Don Van Ryn (Author) & Susie Van Ryn (Author)
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Item description for Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope by Newell Cerak, Don Van Ryn & Susie Van Ryn...

Two families forever bound by tragedy describe the accident that claimed the lives of five Taylor University student and the shocking case of mistaken identity that occurred--a mix-up that led one girl to be buried under the wrong name and the only survivor in a coma cared for by the wrong family--the healing journey of survivor Whitney Cerak, and the bond of faith that sustains both families. 150,000 first printing.

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Meet Laura Van Ryn and Whitney Cerak: one buried under the wrong name, one in a coma and being cared for by the wrong family.

This shocking case of mistaken identity stunned the country and made national news. Would it destroy a family? Shatter their faith? Push two families into bitterness, resentment, and guilt?

Read this unprecedented story of two traumatized families who describe their ordeal and explore the bond sustaining and uniting them as they deal with their bizarre reversal of life lost and life found.

And join Whitney Cerak, the sole surviving student, as she comes to terms with her new identity, forever altered, yet on the brink of new beginnings.

Mistaken Identity weaves a complex tale of honesty, vulnerability, loss, hope, faith, and love in the face of one of the strangest twists of circumstances imaginable.

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Studio: Howard Books
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.33" Width: 6.29" Height: 0.98"
Weight:   0.98 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2008
Publisher   Howard Publishing
ISBN  1416567356  
ISBN13  9781416567356  

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More About Newell Cerak, Don Van Ryn & Susie Van Ryn

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark Tabb has authored or co-authored over twenty books, including "Mistaken Identity" (Howard /Simon & Schuster Books), which hit number one on the "New York Times," "Wall Street Journal" and "Publishers Weekly" bestseller lists the same week in 2008." "Mark also worked with Alec Baldwin on the "New York Times "bestseller, "A Promise to Ourselves," (St. Martin's Press, 2008), and with Stephen Baldwin on the "New York Times "bestseller, "The Unusual Suspect" (Hachette, 2006). Mark's individual titles include "How Can a Good God Let Bad Things Happen" (2008), which World Magazine named one of the top forty books of the year in 2009.

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Too religious!  May 26, 2010
Don't get me wrong -- there's nothing wrong with religion. It's just that this book went above and beyond. It was like a 200+ page sermon, and I think it detracted from the story as a whole. I wanted it to be a bit more of a mystery, but instead all it was for me was one long, borderline boring Christian sermon shoved at me.
Interesting and unbelievable story...  May 25, 2010
This book is both sad and joyous. The story itself is quite unbelievable and that's what makes this book a page turner. I couldn't put it down and actually read it from cover to cover in less than 2 days. I felt it was a little too heavy on the Christian aspect but it's clear that both families have a strong faith which was what got them through the tragedy and it's aftermath.

The book was a good and fast read however, I don't think I'll ever fully comprehend how the Van Ryns could spend every single day for 5 straight weeks with Whitney as she recovered thinking she was actually their daughter, Laura. I do see how it may have been difficult to know during the first few days when Whitney was kept in a low-light ICU setting but once she was moved to a regular room I feel like it should have been obvious. Both Whitney and Laura do have striking physical similarities, HOWEVER, I just can't fathom how a mother could NOT know her own child or a sibling could NOT know her own sister. I guess I will never understand that piece of this story.
Their faith is awe-inspiring  May 8, 2010
This book was written by the families involved in the much-publicized, tragic incident in which two college students involved in a car accident were mistakenly identified for one another. One girl was killed in the accident; the other survived, but was in a coma for many weeks. For five weeks, one family kept a constant vigil at their daughter's bedside, only to discover that she was not, in fact, their daughter. The other family memorialized, buried, and grieved for their daughter, then learned five weeks later that she was alive.

Both families tell of the incredible outpouring of love, support and prayer that family, friends, and strangers provided. Their deep faith and trust in God enable them to gracefully cope with these almost unimaginable events. The grace with which these families deal with this tragedy is truly awe-inspiring.
Mistaken Identity  Feb 21, 2010
This book is truly amazing! It shows how God works in miraculously ways. Yes, it was tragic for both families but God helped them through their hard times. I can never even imagine what they went through and I'm not pretending to but the way the two families wrote this book is very elegant and well written. I'm glad that they decided to write this book and show how God works. Also, I hope and pray that this book is used as a healing tool not only for themselves but for other families who have lost loved ones.
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I am normally not a big reader, but I purchased this book. This was a book that I could not put down. A great inspirational book, of how two Christian families deal with death of a child, their personal thoughts, of this great terrifying experience in their lives. I would highly recommend this book.

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