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Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness & Peace

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A story full of pain. A story full of hope. A story full of anger. A story full of forgiveness. Does this sound like your life? It certainly sounds like mine! It also sounds (in the extreme!) like the story of Kim Phuc Phan Thi. You may have seen her picture. She’s the famous “napalm girl” whose picture was snapped by a young photographer as she ran naked, screaming, and severely burned down a Dang Trang Vietnam road. The photographer who took the iconic photograph scooped Kim up and rushed her to a nearby hospital where, initially, they refused to treat the girl. After some arm-twisting and showing of credentials, he convinced the hospital to take her in and they arranged her transfer to Saigon. When she arrived, unconscious, at First Children’s Hospital she was deemed hopeless and taken to languish in the morgue.

It is from these horrors that a story of survival, hope, and peace rose like a Phoenix. Her survival from burns was only the beginning of Kim’s remarkable story. Living under the oppressive system of Communism, Kim continued to suffer loss after loss. She had been introduced to the Christian religion but had stopped attending services regularly. She was so despondent that she planned her own death, but somehow she found the will to cry out to God…a simple prayer. With that prayer, and action she took in faith that God had heard her petition, things began to turn around for Kim Phuc.

Her book, Fire Road, tells the remarkable and inspiring story of redemption and grace in Kim’s life. I found myself writing down quotes and thinking of applications to my own life as I read her words. Kim is an inspiring role model. Her story teaches lessons that are hard to forget because they were lived, not just preached. I can’t recommend this book enough!

*I was provided with a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

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This is just a delightful little book! Gratitude is (or should be) such an important part of our walk with Christ. I love that it focuses on the positive and doesn’t wander off into any heavy theology. This book would be a nice gift for any Christian woman who likes to be contemplative while coloring! I like to color in it while I pray or listen to a devotional talk. This book is sprinkled with encouraging thoughts and scriptures and has space for writing down your thoughts as you focus on the many things you can be grateful for in your life. I highly recommend it!

The publisher provided me with a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Can I Really Know Jesus?

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This is a good little book that covers the spiritual basics. That said, there is theology in here that could be in disagreement with the beliefs of some Christians. Other reviewers have mentioned some of the questions, but one that stood out to me is part of the answer to the question “Do I need to ask for salvation more than once?” Part of the answer states “…you cannot be unsaved.” I know many denominations who don’t ascribe to “once saved, always saved”

If you’re a Baptist, you will LOVE this book. It is a nice introduction to spiritual questions.

I do wish the book had a table of contents or an index. They would make it handy for a reference for those unfamiliar with the basic tenets of Christianity.

I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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