Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi Review

Fire Road: The Napalm Girl's Journey Through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace
by Kim Phuc Phan Thi, Ashley Wiersma

Get out! Run! We must leave this place! They are going to destroy this whole place! Go, children, run first! Go now!

These were the final shouts nine year-old Kim Phuc heard before her world dissolved into flames--before napalm bombs fell from the sky, burning away her clothing and searing deep into her skin. It's a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War. Kim was left for dead in a morgue; no one expected her to survive the attack. Napalm meant fire, and fire meant death.

Against all odds, Kim lived--but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her home, her country's freedom, her childhood innocence and happiness. The coming years would be marked by excruciating treatments for her burns and unrelenting physical pain throughout her body, which were constant reminders of that terrible day. Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul?

Fire Road is the true story of how she found the answer in a God who suffered Himself; a Savior who truly understood and cared about the depths of her pain. Fire Road is a story of horror and hope, a harrowing tale of a life changed in an instant--and the power and resilience that can only be found in the power of God's mercy and love

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review Q&A

- What did you like about the book and why?  The realness, the honesty, the truth in the story.  I felt each moment and think that people are so cruel to do horrors like this to others, but the sad truth is that life will not change in war times.

- What did you not like about the book and why?  It is sad, it is hard to read through because of the struggles and pure evil that is included.  It is not something that you can read and enjoy or really that anyone should. 

- What did you learn?  The author's strength is overwhelming and will give courage through the pain of this true tale.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why?  Wow, this is a tough question because some people could have actually been there, others could trigger PTSD from some similar effect of war.  I would recommend this to someone who can take the brutalness of the war descriptions and the pain of the author, and turn it into a positive learning experience.

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