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Part 1: Reunion or Farewell?
The story begins as Colleen and Newell Cerak first learn the doubtful, then shocking news that their daughter, buried five weeks earlier, may still be alive. It continues with Colleen's drive to the hospital with the dental records, amidst desperate calls to Newell, overseas on a mission, and finally the reunion. Forming a backdrop to the reunion are the faces of the Van Ryn family, strangers to the Ceraks, who are just coming to terms with the harsh reality that the girl whose bedside they have been posted at for five weeks is not their daughter after all - and that their own daughter, Laura, has already been buried under the name of Whitney Cerak.

Part 2: Five Weeks or a Lifetime?
Part 2 begins the night of the accident and continues up through "Laura's" arrival in the emergency room. The rest of this section centers upon the five weeks when the Ceraks believed their daughter to be dead, and the Van Ryns cared for a girl that was not their own. Woven into these chapters are the back stories of both families and their daughters, including the key questions of how each of these individuals reached a point at which they could respond to this tragedy as they did. A strong element of this story is how the families came to faith and how that faith developed to the point where they could trust God through the unthinkable. The characters all take on full dimensions in this part, and listeners will identify with and feel a strong affection for them. In this section, both families are still separated, traveling down two different arcs. These arcs come together in the night first described in chapter one. Finally, this section will explore the unfolding drama of the Van Ryn's growing doubts that the girl in the hospital is their daughter.

©2008 Susie Van Ryn; 2008 Newell Cerak; 2008 Don Van Ryn; 2008 Colleen Cerak; 2008 Whitney Cerak (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

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Great book!

I have listened to this book numerous times. Being from Michigan this story was in the news quite a bit. Both of these families have great amounts of strength and courage. I have and would again recommend this book to my friends.

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This book was very compelling. I watched the 60 minutes report on this and just had to get the book/audiobook on this story. It was very well written.

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Mistaken Identity

this was a great book. I can't imagine this happening to anyone. my prayer are with those who still need them.

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Good Christian Values ...

This is an excellent audio book! What beautiful people both families are. What deep love for God that walks the walk and doesn't just talk the talk. Very moving and touching! Excellent choice!

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sad but wonderful story

unreal what happens to these families, but the strong faith they have is wonderful! i must hear story.

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Beautiful testimony, lives well lived

Testimony of how we all should be living, sad yet beautiful to those who know Jesus and those who don’t or are curious about him. Shocking story, makes us all more aware of life and tragic death or death and life in itself. Especially Jesus, some things we will never know why, but look at all those lives touched and made stronger servant for or God our father!

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A beautiful story of God's grace and love.

It's truly inspiring to see how our Father in Heaven can turn our greatest tragedies into our greatest blessings, while touching the lives of so many to increase in His love and faith.

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Good to be me and you and me sad to be a person that is a person of sad situation and sad

Good to be me and you and me sad to be a person of sad and sad

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Mistaken Identity

This story is truly awesome. The narrator does an excellent job!!!!!!!! This is one of the best books I have in my library and I have quite a few really good books in my library. I would highly recommend this book to everyone!!!!!!

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Great Book!

As an EMT I have witnessed those kind of accidents before but have not been on the recipient side of this kind of story. People like Whitney really make sacrificing time for a volunteer Fire Dept, EMS and EMA all worth it. Thanks for writing this book. May God Bless You!