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It's a moment forever captured, an inconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War: Nine-year-old Kim Phuc running in agony moments after napalm bombs fell from the sky, bringing hellish fire that burned away her clothing and seared deep into her skin. Fire Road is a story of both unrelenting horror and unexpected hope, a harrowing tale of a life changed in an instant. In this stunning first-hand account of struggling to find answers in a world that only seemed to bring anguish, Kim ultimately discovers strength in someone who had suffered himself, transforming her tragedy into unshakable faith.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 1496424301
ISBN-13: 9781496424303

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Get out! Run! We must leave this place! They are going to destroy this whole place! Go, children, run first! Go now!

These were the final shouts nine year-old Kim Phuc heard before her world dissolved into flames—before napalm bombs fell from the sky, burning away her clothing and searing deep into her skin. It’s a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War. Kim was left for dead in a morgue; no one expected her to survive the attack. Napalm meant fire, and fire meant death.

Against all odds, Kim lived—but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her home, her country’s freedom, her childhood innocence and happiness. The coming years would be marked by excruciating treatments for her burns and unrelenting physical pain throughout her body, which were constant reminders of that terrible day. Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul?

Fire Road is the true story of how she found the answer in a God who suffered Himself; a Savior who truly understood and cared about the depths of her pain. Fire Road is a story of horror and hope, a harrowing tale of a life changed in an instant—and the power and resilience that can only be found in the power of God’s mercy and love.

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“Napalm girl” Kim Phuc (Girl in the Picture) gained inadvertent fame as a 1970s antiwar icon when a photographer took a picture of her as she ran naked from a napalm attack in Vietnam. Kim Phuc now provides the story behind the photo, chronicling her idyllic Vietnamese childhood in a prosperous home, the effects of the painful burns across her body, and her personal trials as she traveled from Vietnam to Cuba and then to Canada. Her Christian conversion is central to her journey, and much of the memoir attests to God’s power in her life. Kim Phuc, raised within the CaoDai religion of Vietnam, explains how she found solace in Jesus’s suffering and in the stories of Paul after coming across the New Testament in a Saigon library. Vietnamese “minders” working for the Communist government were a constant presence in her life as officials begin to realize Kim Phuc’s value as “Vietnam’s token propaganda tool.” Although the book’s faith elements are uplifting and Kim Phuc’s descriptions of her conversion are heartfelt, the writing is most lively when she describes her frustrations with the Cold War and its negative impact on her recovery. However, throughout her journey, “marked by distractions, abuses, and false starts,” Kim Phuc exhibits forceful resolve, steely self-determination, and seemingly limitless empathy. This spare and lucid memoir will touch readers of all faiths and nationalities.

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  1. Biblical Perspicacity
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fire Road: Book Review
    January 15, 2018
    Biblical Perspicacity
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A special thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of Kim Phuc Phan This book, Fire Road.

    A story of suffering, tragedy and loss yet also one of hope, forgiveness and new beginnings, Kim Phuc Phan This Fire Road is an unbelievable memoir of the Vietnam War and life inside a communist country. While Kim Phuc Phan Thi experienced such traumas and pressures that no child or individual should ever have to face, woven throughout her tale, the reader can see the invisible hand of Gods sovereignty. Each of her experiences, however awful, drove her to the Father and prepared her for His Kingdom work to bring hope and forgiveness to a hurting world.

    For those like myself, who do not know very much about daily life in a communist country, Kim Phuc Phan This firsthand account in Fire Road will be eye-opening. Not only will the reader learn about the culture and politics of Vietnam but also East and West Germany, Russia, and Cuba. You will shake your head at the injustice Kim Phuc Phan Thi endured and hold your breath when daring feats to freedom were attempted. The author will take you back to another world far different from anything the average western reader has experienced.

    For those who enjoy autobiographies and stories of Gods faithfulness, Fire Road is a must-read! The question is often asked of Christians, How can a loving God allow suffering? For Kim Phuc Phan Thi, a woman brutally marred in a napalm bombing, this question could not be more applicable. Yet, through the brokenness of one hopeless woman, God worked mightily to not only redeem her painful situation but to make an eternal impact on untold numbers around the world.
  2. PossessHisPromises
    California
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Napalm Girl's Fire Road to Hope
    December 19, 2017
    PossessHisPromises
    California
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    Keith and I just returned from Vietnam and Cambodia. Fire Road and Kim Phuc Phan Thi were on my mind the entire trip.

    The Anti-American War (the Vietnamese name for the Vietnam War) is ever present there and in the scars of Kim Phuc. Yet, the same spirit that Kim Phuc demonstrates in Fire Road was apparent in the Vietnamese. They say they bear no grudge, "after all, we won."

    The Vietnamese welcome Americans and look to the future robust economy.

    Kim welcomes the faith in Jesus that came through her fire road, and she looks to the future of people living a life of peace.

    Fire Road adds the "spiritual stepping stones that, unbeknownst to me, were paving a path to get me to God," (p. vii) that were absent in Denise Chong's "The Girl in the Picture."

    From a carefree childhood to an instant of horror, from being left for dead for three days in the morgue to 17 surgeries and painful treatments, from minders tracking her every move to interruptions in her education, from Vietnam to Cuba, Kim's journey was a walk through the agony of war, the control of the Communist regime, and the pain of napalm.

    Yet, it is much more.

    Kim's story is a journey from "Why?" to "Who." Why did the napalm touch her body? Why was she left for dead in the hospital morgue? Why was her education always being interrupted? Who is this God above all the gods she served in her Cao Dai temple?

    "The fact is we all are children of war, whether we have seen a single bomb fall from the sky. A battle is being waged inside of us, and the spoils are our souls. God was showing me that every person knows on some level what it is to suffer and strive, what it is to wear scars they cannot erase. 'Tell them I will give them strength to bear their pain.' the Lord has encouraged me daily" (pp. 262-263).

    Kim has many opportunities to give hope to others. She is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Culture of Peace, urging reconciliation, mutual understanding, and peace.

    She established the Kim Foundation International to help bring physical and psychological healing to children injured in wars.

    Through Kim's journey, her family came to know God. From her pain, she is able to offer hope to others. Through Joseph's pain, God brought his family together, and he offered hope and life to his family as well as all in Egypt.

    "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today." Genesis 50:20

    Kim's journey has been one of pain, and yet, the Holy Spirit has prompted her to see God at work in her life, bringing her to a point of forgiveness, hope, and love.

    "'We cannot change history.' I say at every UNESCO speaking opportunity I go to, 'but with love, we can heal the future.' No matter the question posed, the answer, I believe is love'" (p. 242).

    "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
  3. cheryl
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    We Cant Forget History
    October 23, 2017
    cheryl
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Fire Road is a story of both unrelenting horror and unexpected hope, a harrowing tale of life changed in an instant. Its a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and of the Vietnam War: Nine year old Kim Phuc running in agony moments after napalm bombs fell from the sky that burned away her clothing and seared deep into her skin. Once I started reading Fired Road, it was hard to put down.

    Throughout the story, Kim shares the effects and destruction of war on everyone and the price paid for living in a war torn country. Left for dead in the morgue, Kim survived from the burns that covered most of her body, to find out that her country used her picture for propaganda. The cover caught my eye as well as the authors journey through the horrors of war to faith, forgiveness and peace. Her families religion followed CaoDia which the gods did not help her through the hard times, until a Christian pastor came into her life did it change Kims way of thinking, did she realized that Jesus also endured pain and scars for her. That he died for her, did her way of thinking changed.

    You will walk along side and feel the pain when her parents find her left in the morgue for dead, to walking away from CaoDia, to finding peace in her relationship with Jesus. Kim learned through hearing the Holy Spirit to live through her faith and love those who she leaves behind.

    I highly recommend the book.

    I received this book as from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Teacher
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Incredible Story of Determination and Courage
    October 10, 2017
    Teacher
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.

    Tyndale provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.
  5. Cricket
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Poignant Story of the Power of Forgiveness
    October 9, 2017
    Cricket
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Few persons living during the Vietnam War have not seen the memorable Pulitzer Prize winning photo of the little girl running to unsuccessfully escape the flames of napalm on Route 1 on June 8, 1972. Many who did not know her name referred to her as the napalm girl, but she did have a name. Many stories have been written about Kim Phuc Phan Thi (the napalm girl), but the new release, Fire Road, written by Kim is the powerful story of her journey through the horrors of war to faith in Jesus Christ, forgiveness, and peace.

    Fire Road will take you on the journey to the first hospital where Kim was left in the morgue for three days with no expectation she would live to her parents discovery of her there. You will walk with her through the excruciating burn treatments, the erosion of her CaoDai faith, and beyond to her introduction to Jesus Christ. Jesus will give her the first taste of peace to sustain her through the life of a disfigured shunned outcast with no evidence of opportunities. She was used by the government as a propaganda tool, denied the opportunity of the education she longed for, and lived clinging to her new-found faith from one moment to the next.

    Page by page you will watch Kims faith grow under the most difficult of circumstances along with ongoing physical and emotional pain. You will also learn of the ways the Lord begins to use her to speak of her faith, peace, and love not only to people around the world, but also to the family she leaves behind as she leads each to the Lord.
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