Refined by Fire  -     By: Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell, Mel Birdwell
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Refined by Fire

Tyndale House / 2004 / Paperback

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when a hijacked jet slammed into the Pentagon on September11, 2001, Brian Birdwell was only 20 yards away. Now, aftermore than thirty opertions and countless physical therapy sessions, he's making a remarkable recovery, and is spiritually strong than ever before. A riveting testimony of courage, healing and God's grace.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 220
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0842386033
ISBN-13: 9780842386036
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2005 Gold Medallion Award finalist!
When hijacked American Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, LTC (RET) Brian Birdwell was only 15 to 20 yards away. He stepped out into the corridor and was instantly engulfed in flames—burns consumed 60 percent of his body, with almost 40 percent of them third-degree. Thirty-plus operations and countless physical therapy sessions later, his recovery has truly been remarkable, and spiritually he and his family are stronger than ever before. Brian and his wife, Mel, tell their captivating story of God's grace and sovereignty.

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Using vivid first-person narration, the Birdwells describe how Brian suffered second- and third-degree burns over 60% of his body when terrorists crashed a jet into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and how the family's Christian faith brought it through Brian's recovery. Birdwell spent three months in the hospital, enduring more than 30 surgeries, daily debridement (removal of unhealthy tissue) and physical therapy. The account alternates between the perspectives of husband and wife, and also incorporates the experiences of their son, Matt. The technique works well throughout; it is most gripping when Brian faces death alone in a flaming hallway and when Mel scrambles through gridlocked traffic to get to the hospital. Details set this book apart. The Birdwells relate Brian's horrific injuries and treatments in a way that might turn some stomachs (skin coming off with his wedding ring, a staph infection that covered his body with green pus). They also expose their own shortcomings: Mel feels guilty about leaving her son and berates some hospital staffers, while Brian expresses anger toward the terrorists. Such confessions lend credence to the Birdwells' belief that only a sovereign God could bring them through their ordeal. This memoir's striking descriptions of the Birdwells' pain, failures and faith against the backdrop of 9-11 will fascinate many readers. (July 4) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Dale, TX
    Age: 45-54
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Read - I couldn't put it down
    January 6, 2014
    Kathy Haigler
    Dale, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Brian Birdwell, now a Texas State Senator (http://www.birdwell.senate.state.tx.us/), tells his side of the story when the plane came crashing through the Pentagon walls on 9/11. His wife, Mel, shares her side of the story and what her family went through with Brian. This is a beautiful, candid love story about how God used a tragic event to His glory. Keep the tissues handy. You won't be able to put it down!
  2. Sanbornton, NH
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 23, 2011
    Sandi
    Sanbornton, NH
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    I never realized what it must be like to have over third degree burns from fire. The pain he must have endured. This is a story of great faith in our LORD and a beautiful love between two people. The real meaning of marriage vows "In sickness and in health, till death do us part" is certainly displayed by Mel. I highly recommend reading this book. Keep a tissue handy. Great book for people who are debating whether of not to receive our savior into their hearts.
  3. Rockford Illinois
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 23, 2011
    biblegirl59
    Rockford Illinois
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great book. Gripping story of one family's tragic 911 experience from the Pentagon aspect of the story. Profound insights into the ordeal of critical burn patients and the wonder of modern medicine's ability to treat. Triumph comes through the faith of this couple, in a God who never abandoned them and carried them through to victory.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 14, 2008
    Kristeena
    What an excellent story of faith in the hardest of times! Brian and Mel Birdwell stayed true to God and to each other throughout the hardest of times. This novel truly reflects the teachings of Zecheriah 13:9. The refining fire of trials and God's faithfulness throughout your struggles.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 19, 2006
    annie
    I am in the middle of reading this book. if you have ever been through a poor me trial in your life, read this book. It will make you realize worse things can happen to you.
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