Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Zookeeper's Wife and heroism (giveaway)

I read "The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman about a year ago - rather, I listened to it while running. I fell in love with this true story of Antonina Żabińska and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński. They are the zookeepers at the Warsaw zoo in Poland during 1939. When the Nazi's arrive after Poland is invaded, they struggle to keep their beloved animals, their son, and their home. They end up working with the Resistance and "put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk."

They have made this wonderful book into a movie! Antonina's heroism throughout the book is extraordinary! Another woman who showed great heroism during World War II - Corrie ten Boom. She was a Dutch watchmaker and Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped hide and save many Jews from the awful evil of the Holocaust. She even ended up in prison herself for these heroic actions.

Standing up for what you believe is right is difficult under good conditions but I was amazed when I read "The Hiding Place" by Corrie ten Boom and learned of her heroism. In a time when so many people stood aside and let evil overtake country after country, it's awesome that she was able to stand up for her God and not cave to terrorism and brutality. 

I pray that I am able to let my light shine bright for Jesus in my life, just as Corrie ten Boom did. And that shouldn't be a difficult choice when I live in a place where persecution for my beliefs means maybe some people don't like you. That's something we should all be willing to face when it means believing and stand up for someone who gave His life for you.

Here is the trailer for the movie "The Zookeeper's Wife" starring Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh). I really am so excited about this movie and have been looking forward to it for awhile. 

One (1) of you will win a $25 Fandago gift card for your use to see "The Zookeeper's Wife." 


Please leave a valid email address in your comment so I can contact you if you should win.
-Please leave a comment (including your email) telling me about a heroic woman you admire!

Giveaway will run through March 30th (movie opens March 31st) at 11:59pm. Void where prohibited. Open to anyone 18 and over. I will contact the winner and announce the winner the following day, March 31st. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email to claim their gift card before I need to pick another winner. 

Disclaimer: I received a Fandago gift card in exchange for writing this post. I would go see this movie anyway! All opinions are my own and may vary from others' opinions. Giveaway is void where prohibited.


Cheyenne Weaver said...

This looks so good! I'm glad you posted about it because I hadn't heard of it before. I'll have to see this one! My mother is a heroic woman that I have always looked up to. She has been through a lot of pain in one lifetime and she has never let that stop her from living life and loving us kids so well. She battled and survived breast cancer not once, but TWICE! (Probably from when I was about 4-7 years old or so.) I was little so I didn't really know what was going on but she did such a good job at caring and loving her children without letting us know how bad things really were -- all the while, she was the one who needed taken care of! Gosh, I get teary just thinking about how strong of a woman she was throughout those years. I have always said she is the strongest woman I have ever known! Gotta love my mamma. <3

Not relevant to this movie except for the zoo/animal aspect, but the first few moments of this trailer reminded me of Water for Elephants. That is such a timeless movie that I love to watch each year!

Derek & Sarah Kaeb said...

Heroic woman...well having altered my "perspective" I'd have to say Amy Carmichael. What great lengths she went to spread the gospel! -

Dora said...

A heroic woman would be Ruth from the Bible, as she left all she knew to follow and care for her mother-in-law.

Nancy Loring said...

I have always been inspired by Amelia Earhart. Growing up my dad was a pilot and we had our own airplane and I always wanted to be her. To me she was fearless and went after her dreams.

martin said...

I was so moved by reading Kara Tippits blog, Mundane Faithfulness as she walked through cancer. She was a hero for sure

Us said...

I am inspired by Mother Theresa. I love her honesty in struggling with faith while still trudging forward in caring for people.

Us said...

This is Nicole Iman by the way. Nicoleiman@gmail. Not sure why I can't figure out how to comment as myself on here right now!

Duane/Amanda Kaeb said...

I just started listening to this book too ... While I run! What are the chances?!? So funny.
I've always admired Sabrina Wrumbrand. She was the wife of pastor, Richard Wrumbrand, during the communist take over of Romania. In his memoir he recounts a time when he was faced with the decision to support the communist agenda or stand up for Christ and face certain imprisonment, torture, and probable death (which would obviously leave her abandoned and alone to raise their son in a very scary and unstable time). He writes about how he turned to his wife and said (something to the effect of) "Sabina, I can't stand up now, you know what will become of me" to which she responds "you must stand up, for they are spitting in the face of Christ. I'd rather have a dead husband then a coward."
Woah! Just woah! What a fearless woman to stare down the face of the enemy and stand for Christ without waver! (They were both imprisipned and tortured multiple times over the course of several years for their resistance to the communist agenda and continual preaching of the gospel)
By the grace of God if I could only be half the woman Sabina Wrumbrand was.

Amanda Kaeb

Betsy Baublitz said...

That looks like a great movie! My sister in law, Kirby, is one of the most heroic women I know. After losing her mother to breast cancer a few years ago, Kirby got the genetic testing for breast cancer done. The test came back positive, that she had the gene that carries breast cancer. So she scheduled a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery all before her 30th birthday. Since then she's gone on to write a book about her family's journey and how God has made His presence known in her family and her journey.

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