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Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope
by Don & Susie Van Ryn, Newell Colleen & Whitney Cerak

Published: 2009-03-31
Paperback : 278 pages
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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 ...

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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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These two families went through such a terrible tragedy, yet through the good, bad, and ugly their faith was first and foremost on their minds. How would your faith be the same or different from the faith of these families?
Why did the Ceracks not want to view the body that had been identified at the scene as Whitney? Would you make the same choice, or would you want to see the body one last time?
It is amazing how these families dealt with this tragedy so similarly. How would the story be different if one of the families had not been so faithful?
by lcottrill (see profile) 05/23/13

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