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Refined by Fire: A Family's Triumph of Love and Faith Paperback – July 1, 2004
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The fire from the crash in D.C. found victims there without regard to age, rank and serial number just as it did in New York and Pennsylvania. REFINED BY FIRE is the story of one of these victims, LTC Brian Birdwell, who survived the plane's impact by chance --- he was not in his office when the plane hit, but rather in a hallway outside. His two co-workers died at their desks.
The story is that of Brian's courage through thirty-plus surgeries, endless skin grafts and raging infection. While this was happening with great speed and accompanying stress, Mel was beside her husband, fighting for his dignity and sharing a strength and resolve to maintain both his honor and his position. The faith of the Birdwells is clear. God had His hand on their shoulders from the moment that fire hit. Both Mel and Brian turned to Scripture and prayer when many others might have collapsed from despair and anger. Scripture took on new meaning to Mel as she read passages and related them to their lives.
Mel read Scripture to Brian even as he lay unconscious. Instead of questioning their misfortune, she focused them on moving toward healing. They could not run through it, they could not hide from it. Instead, they needed to draw strength for each new step from God and each other.
I love the title of this book. These three words define so much about the Birdwells. They were refined. Their faith was refined.Read more ›
Inspiration is found in every sentence written by Mel and Brian.
Today, Brian Birdwell is a Senator in the Texas Senate and continues to inspire people every day.
On 9-11, God had other plans for Brian Birdwell's life, than the mad people who steered the plane, into the Pentagon. Thanks be to God for sparing his life!
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Wonderful book. Very well written and a true story of Christian faith.Published 12 days ago by ShoeFanatic
A GREAT, GREAT STORY OF A T R U E AMERICAN H E R O !!!!!! It took many God sent miracles to keep him alive and he lives humbly in that truth today. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Retired Texan
Very well written. Organized and sequential. Completely riveting and hard to put down. This is my second time to read it and it was just as gripping as the first time. Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Crochet
great book. Well written. A friend of mine who son was burned terribly was reading this book and suggested it was good. she wasn't kidding.. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jo Anne
Excellent book to give everyone not involved in the tragedy at the Pentagon great insight to this tragedy and how it affected the families involved.Published 14 months ago by Edward M. Osner
The authors tell the amazing story of Colonel Birdwell's life-threatening and excruciatingly painful burn injuries from the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lillian Ammann (Lillie)