The Impossible (2017 novel)

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The Impossible
The Impossible Book (Joyce Smith) cover photo.jpg
AuthorJoyce Smith
CountryUnited States
GenreFaith Drama, Non-fiction
Publication date
November 7, 2017
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)

The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection is a Christian biography written by American author Joyce Smith, alongside contributor Ginger Kolbaba. The book, released on November 7, 2017, tells the story of Joyce's 14-year-old son John, who fell through icy Lake St. Louise, the smaller of two lakes in the community of Lake St. Louis, Missouri.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

When Joyce Smith's fourteen-year-old son John fell through an icy Missouri lake one winter morning, she and her family had seemingly lost everything. At the hospital, John lay lifeless for less than 45 min. But Joyce was not ready to give up on her son. She mustered all her faith and strength into one force and cried out to God in a loud voice to save him. Dr. Kent Sutterer claims "Within a matter of a minute or two his heart started beating again".

In the coming days, John would continue to beat the odds and continued to recover. Sixteen days after falling through the ice and being clinically dead for an hour, he walked out of the hospital under his own power, completely recovered.

Film adaptation[edit]

20th Century Fox has announced plans to produce a movie adaptation of The Impossible, titled Breakthrough, working with director Roxann Dawson, executive producer Samuel Rodriguez and producer DeVon Franklin, who has worked on other faith drama titles such as Miracles from Heaven and Heaven Is for Real.[2] The film is expected to be released April 12, 2019.

In March of 2018, it was announced that actor Topher Grace would star as Pastor Jason Noble, and first responder Tommy Shine would be portrayed by Mike Colter.[3] Actress Chrissy Metz of NBC's This Is Us started as Joyce Smith.[4] Other lead roles include Josh Lucas, Sam Trammell, and Marcel Ruiz.


  1. ^ "Boy who fell through ice at Lake Saint Louis is awake, recognizing people, officials say". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. January 21, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Fox & DeVon Franklin Set Miracle Tale 'The Impossible'". January 18, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "ImpossibleBook". Facebook. March 14, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Vlessing, Etan (February 1, 2018). "'This Is Us' Star Chrissy Metz Joins Faith Drama 'The Impossible'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2018.

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