Fire Road Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Fire Road, is the story of Kim Phuc Phan Thi, often referred to as the “Napalm Girl”, whose image was splashed across countless magazines and newspapers worldwide during the Vietnam War. Kim’s incredible memoir retells her story from the time she ran naked through the streets of her village, Trang Bang in South Vietnam near Saigon, as napalm bombs burned away her clothing and scorched her skin, to her present day life as an UNESCO ambassador and follower of Jesus.

If you are of a certain age, I’m sure you remember the picture shot June 8, 1972 of nine-year-old Kim. Because I remember that photograph, I wanted to read this book, for somehow, Kim Phuc Phan Thi’s story, is part of my story. Perhaps her story is part of your story as well. Although there were times I had to put this book down, take a deep breath, and walk away, at no time did I ever consider not finishing it. This is a must-read book and I applaud Kim Phuc Phan Thi’s courage in writing it.

At the beginning of her book, Kim states her life centers on receiving God’s gift of peace each day and because of that, if you came to this book in hopes of picking up “weighty opinions on war”, she fears she will disappoint you. Her belief is that a careful study of peace will have a far greater unifying effect than even the most exhaustive excavation of the horrors of war.

To be sure, within the pages of Fire Road you will read of the horrors of war, the destructive effects of war, the price paid for living in a war-torn country, but you will also read of the determination of one woman to find the One True Living God, live in the peace only he can give, and share that peace with others.

There is so much about this book I could write, but perhaps the best thing I can do is suggest you pick up a copy and read this beautiful woman’s story of pain, suffering, loss, determination, courage, and finally the strength to be willing to show her scars in public as a demonstration that fear cannot be present wherever faith is exercised.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Other Side of Infamy Book Review

The Other Side of Infamyby Sandy Kirby Quandt

The Other Side of Infamy, by Jim Downing with James Lund, is the story of Jim Downing’s naval military career, including the day Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor setting his ship, the West Virginia, ablaze and his journey to a closer relationship with Jesus.

Since my dad was also on board a ship at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, this book drew my attention to it, but the intimate way the story of Jim’s life is told kept me reading.

As Jim takes us through his early life growing up in Plevna, Missouri, his career in the Navy, and his growing relationship with understanding who Jesus is, he shows how our faith can sustain us during troubled times.

What impressed me most with Jim’s memoir, besides the fact he is 103 years old and still travels the country speaking of his faith on behalf of the Navigators, is how once he gave his life completely to Jesus, he never stopped looking for opportunities to spread his faith, no matter where God placed him.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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Happy Veteran’s Day on the 11th to all those of you out there who bravely and sacrificially served, or are currently serving, the United States of America. I appreciate you.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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All the Pretty Things — Book Review

Book Review All the Pretty Thingsby Sandy Kirby Quandt

All the Pretty Things, Edie Wadsworth’s memoir, tells the story of a girl growing up in the Appalachian foothills of Tennessee. Edie tells her story of growing up in poverty where she watched the adults eat as she and her sister went without, as a pre-schooler, she pulled a chair to the stove to fix her dad breakfast, and at 12 years old dragged him out of a bar in a drunken stupor before he got into a fight, and taught herself to drive stick-shift that night as she drove him home.

All the Pretty Things is not an easy go lucky book by any means, but is worth the read.

It is a painfully honest all-the-pretty-things-meme2look at one girl’s attempts to make her father love her and be proud of her. Edie never goes into a poor poor pitiful me attitude in telling her story of giving her dad money for food and beer. She doesn’t play the victim.

It isn’t until near the end of the book Edie faces how destructive it was on her as a young child to visit relatives in prison on the weekends, take care of a drunken father, witness violence, and work so hard to seek approval of a man who was not dependable or reliable.

As Edie discovered and shared in her memoir, “… we all have wounds, and we can either open them up to the light of day so they can heal or we can keep them buried, where they will fester and one day wreak havoc on us.”

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Leave a comment below. If you think others would appreciate reading this please share it through the social media buttons.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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