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Survival Stories


The world is filled with stories of everyday
people who
find themselves in life or death
situations and miraculously
live to tell about it.
overcome life-threatening illnesses, they
survive their houses being 
destroyed by tornadoes,
they are saved after being swept away by flood waters

or after losing their way in a storm.

But these stories are more than tales
of survival;
they are inspiring stories about
faith and hope that sustain us in
times of trouble.


Recent Survival Stories

Be a walking billboard of faith–someone needs to know your story.

by Michelle Medlock Adams

Veteran Jas Boothe in her Army uniform

Her non-profit organization, Final Salute, has helped over 300 homeless women vets and their children

by Brooke Obie
, Senior Digital Editor, Guideposts.org

The Good Lie poster with Reese Witherspoon

This true story of Sudanese refugees known as the 'Lost Boys' is a testament to the strength of the human spirit that will tug on your heart strings. 

by Jessica Toomer
, New York, NY

Tony Cicoria at the piano

Having survived a lightning strike, Tony Cicoria was inexplicably inspired to take up the piano. Listen as he plays a piece that came to him in a dream. Read Tony's story!

Tony Cicoria at the piano

A man struck by lightning is haunted by a piece of music such as he'd never heard. Was it divine inspiration?

by Tony Cicoria
, Oneonta, New York

A man who used humor and faith to overcome disfiguring injuries

by Edward Grinnan

Si and Amanda

When terrorists attacked one of the busiest malls in Kenya, this writer and her husband found themselves trapped inside.

by Amanda Belcher
, Nairobi, Kenya

A beach at sunset

Walking down the beach that day, he was so wrapped up in his own problems he almost didn’t hear the girls screaming.

by Edson Bourn
, Jacksonville, Florida

Shawnelle Eliasen

Her son, trapped deep beneath the earth. Her faith, needing to go even deeper.

by Shawnelle Eliasen
, Port Byron, Illinois

Lauryn Lax, now healthy and strong

She knew she was sick, but until eight caring strangers confronted her, she didn't have the will to battle her eating disorder.

by Lauryn Lax
, Austin, Texas

Scott Stephens poses with the board that is missing a shark-shaped chunk.

He thought it was a harbor seal. He was wrong. It was a shark. And it attacked. Now he had just minutes to live

by Scott Stephens
, Manila, California

Brian Brown with his daughter Heather

She thought she was all grown up. Her father thought she wasn’t grown up enough. Turns out they were both wrong

by Brian Brown
, Wilton, California

Sandra Ownbey with her husband, Jim
TBI. Traumatic Brain Injury. At last there was a name for what was wrong with her husband. 
by Sandra Ownbey
, Hedgesville, West Virginia

It’s easy to forget there are folks who still struggle in the aftermath of the storm, who need our prayers and our love.

by Edward Grinnan

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