FORGED THROUGH FIRE

26 09 2019

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This was a very interesting story about the life of the author, Mark D. McDonough, MD.  All that he went through would have stopped most people, but he kept going on.  At the age of 16, getting terribly burned over about 60% of his body while his mother and youngest brother died in that same house fire.  He had a stroke, lost another brother to suicide.  This is just a taste of what he went through.  But he didn’t quit.  He went on to be not just a doctor, but a plastic surgeon to help restore burned victims like himself.  While he was going through his first surgery, he had a near death experience (NDE).  That bolstered his faith, but it wasn’t enough to keep him from becoming an alcoholic like his father.

 

This is a book not just about what he went through, but how he got through it.  This is a very encouraging story that will help all of us to keep on going…to not quit.

 

When Mark McDonough was a teen, a catastrophic fire claimed the lives of his mother and younger brother. It also left Mark with burns on over 65 percent of his body. During a long and painful recovery, his faltering faith in God was strengthened by a remarkable near-death experience. Inspired to pursue a career as a plastic surgeon to help those who suffer as he has, McDonough has overcome numerous other adversities on his journey, including addiction and a stroke. Now he shares his incredible true story of survival and perseverance to bring hope and healing to those dealing with great physical and emotional pain.

Anyone who has suffered or watched a loved one suffer from a personal trauma, disease, or loss that has tested or stolen their faith and exhausted their emotional resources will find real hope in this redemptive story.

 

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Mark McDonough is a physical therapist, physician, and plastic and reconstructive surgeon.  A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and trained in general, burn, and plastic surgery at the University of South Florida and Vanderbilt University, he has served as an adjunct professor in physical therapy and worked with trauma patients at hospitals in Ohio, Tennessee, and Florida, where he later founded his own practice.

 

Forged Through Fire became available for sale September 3, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

 

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WALKING WITH HENRY

28 05 2019

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This was an enjoyable book.  You feel for Rachel, the author, with all she goes through with the donkeys.  At first I was put out with this book because you have the story of the donkeys and then she goes into the lesson she learned in life from them.  I then warmed up to this because her life lessons were very interesting and sometimes clicked with what I had gone through in life.  I was not impressed with the Common Book prayers, but I was not brought up on them.  That was just me, so that is why I rated it a 4 instead of a 5.  This book will make you laugh and cry.  Enjoyable.

Just when you think it’s the end of your story . . . grace shows up.

Sometimes it arrives as a moment of joy in the middle of despair. Sometimes you find it next to a trusted friend along an old, well-trodden path. And sometimes, grace has fuzzy ears, a bristled mane, and hope for a new start.

Join Rachel Anne Ridge, author of the beloved memoir Flash, in a journey back to the pasture. As she adopts a second rescue donkey as a little brother for Flash―a miniature named Henry―she finds that walking with donkeys has surprising lessons to teach us about prayer, renewing our faith, and connecting to God in fresh ways.

Readers all over the world fell in love with Flash and with Rachel’s thoughtful, funny, and poignant stories about what life with a donkey can teach you. Now, meet Henry and join him on a walk that could change everything about how you hope, trust, and move forward from past regrets.

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Rachel Anne Ridge is an artist and writer in Texas. Together with her husband, Tom, she bootstrapped her way through the Great Recession, raised three kids, and rediscovered God in the midst of the everyday juggle of life. Her blog, HomeSanctuary.com, helps women around the world find beauty and faith in the unexpected, and often unappreciated, moments life brings. Rachel’s Book, Flash, The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me About Life, Faith, and Second Chances, reveals how God uses ordinary, sometimes humorous means to help us see Him—and to change our lives forever. She is now a Nana to 5 littles, and has two adopted donkeys.

Flash (the book) has been optioned as a movie by PureFlix Studios.

Walking With Henry became available for sale March 5, 2019.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for this review.

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