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Dead Man Breathing: The Incredible True Story of One Man's Rise from the Flames Paperback – November 25, 2013

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"EXPLOSION ON THE RIG! FIRE ON THE RIG! I'M ON FIRE!" My yells turned to screams that were absorbed into the whoosh of the flames... The fire is gorgeous- teal blues, glittering yellows, oranges, reds - all swirling together and lighting up the night sky. But engulfed in the middle of this blazing inferno, Billy Jack McDaniel is literally roasting to death. What starts out as a normal working day on March 3, 2006, in the oil fields of East Texas is quickly transformed into a situation that brings about what many believe is the worst work-related burn injury in history. In the blink of an eye, this event changes a young couple's "American Dream" into a nightmare journey through the fires of tragedy. With burns covering more than 95% of Jack's once strong, strapping body, his survival and eventual recovery seem impossible. Most people, including the health-care professionals, do not expect him to live. There is nothing to look forward to but pain, suffering, and an agonizing death. Yet, Jack's loving, determined wife, A'Leta and their little girl, Carney, support him with unyielding love and faith. A'Leta insists that despite the grim prognosis, her beloved husband will survive his injuries. She knows that Billy Jack McDaniel has the heart of a lion and an incredible will to live.

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  • Paperback: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Winepress Publishing (November 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606152173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606152171
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sonia B on September 4, 2012
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The McDaniels' story is a wonderful example of holding onto one's faith through the worst events anyone could imagine, and living through it to desire to share that story with the world. I think that any reader of this book cannot help but be inspired by their journey of "faith under fire", and strive to better themselves because of their example. I must also commend Carolyn Stanford Goss and Leonard Goss......not only because Carolyn is my first cousin, but because I am aware of their great talent for putting together a literary work that is very readable and captivating to read; it captivated my reading and I read the entire book in only a few hours over a weekend. I hope that one day a followup story can be written to let us know about Jack's continued recovery and how the family has moved from a time of deep grief and worry to lives of happiness and health, knowing that their story has touched many lives. Thanks to all who had a part in putting this story together!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By petey on December 20, 2012
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I had heard a lot about this book and wanted to read it. I work in the oilfield industry on a drilling rig and have for the past 41 years, so this book was very interesting to me. I also purchased as Christmas presents 9 other books for some of my fellow workers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By amandarose on December 12, 2012
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This book is amazing! I started thinking I would read a few pages then come back to finish it. NOPE!! Impossible to put this book down! This was the most inspiring and heartfelt story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany on December 10, 2012
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Oh, my this book moved me big time. I cried and cried. I sat in amazement reading how strong this couple was. The love they share is love you only read in romance novels. My hubby works in the oilfield and I promise you this I have hugged him more and tell him more often what he means to me since reading this book. I recommend it to all my friends. It moved me so much that I looked this up on facebook and now follow his page. One day I hope I can get a autographed copy of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By angela hickman on December 9, 2012
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God's grace has never left these two! I am humbled every minute i think of what they have been thru and still can't really get my mind wrapped around it all. No one can hear their story and not be reminded that God has complete control . Love you to the moon,sis!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on August 16, 2012
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I will forever be touched by Jack and A'Leta's story. Being a woman/wife/mother myself, A'Leta will forever be an inspiration to me. She never gave up on her faith in God. She knew he would lead her, her husband, and daughter through these terrible times and whatever happened was God's will. Faith like this is unheard of this day and time. For Jack to go through the most horrible, tragic event known and to survive and not only survive, but never let his faith waiver, to be so strong and continue to be so strong, this is simply astonishing it can only be a story of God and the miracles that he works everyday. I pray that someone else's life can be affected as mine has been.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janelle on December 9, 2012
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When I bought the book I read it in one Sunday afternoon! I laughed and cried, sometimes at the same time! This book tells a story of pain, love, tragedy, hope, faith, healing, and triumph! It will make you want to be a better person for those around you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jamiepatton on November 16, 2012
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This is a true story about a man who was burned while working on an oil rig. He and his wife are truely amazing people. Everyone should read this book.
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