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Refined By Fire [Paperback]

By Brian Birdwell (Author), Mel Birdwell (Author) & Ginger Kolbaba (With)
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Item description for Refined By Fire by Brian Birdwell, Mel Birdwell & Ginger Kolbaba...

On September 11, 2001, Lt. Co. Brian Birdwell suffered third degree burns on 60 percent of his body after a hijacked plane slammed into the Pentagon. More than 30 operations later, his recovery has been truly remarkable and he is spiritually stronger than ever before. Brian and his wife, Mel, now share their spellbinding story of God's grace and sovereignty.

Publishers Description
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.

From Publishers Weekly
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.

Awards and Recognitions
Refined By Fire by Brian Birdwell, Mel Birdwell & Ginger Kolbaba has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2005 Finalist - Biography/Autobiography category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Refined By Fire by Brian Birdwell, Mel Birdwell & Ginger Kolbaba has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • CBA Retailers - 06/01/2004 page 147
  • Publishers Weekly - 05/31/2004 page 70
  • Christian Retailing - 06/22/2004 page 47

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Pages   227
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2004
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  0842386033  
ISBN13  9780842386036  

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More About Brian Birdwell, Mel Birdwell & Ginger Kolbaba

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! LTC (RET) BRIAN BIRDWELL is one of the seven burn victims of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Brian graduated in 1984 as a distinguished military graduate of Lamar University through the Army ROTC. He was deployed for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and earned the Bronze Star for his action in the Gulf War. At the time of the September 11 attack, LTC (RET) Birdwell was serving on the Department of the Army staff at the Pentagon as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management. Brian and Mel have been married for 17 years and have a 15-year-old son, Matthew.

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Leaders & Notable People > Religious
2Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Current Events > September 11
4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Current Events > Terrorism
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > Inspirational
7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Inspirational

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Reviews - What do customers think about Refined By Fire?

A very Sincere Couple  Oct 20, 2006
Brian is a friend of my son and his family and while visiting with my son, I was fortunate enough to meet Brian and his wife. They are a very loving sincere couple who have had their faith tested and have come out of this stronger than ever. I have recommended this book to others and am giving the books to friend and family because I think it tells a great story of love, devotion and faith.
James 1:2 Lived Out  Aug 6, 2006
This book is an amazing testimony of God's mercy, love and faithfulness to those who call upon His name. As Brian and Mel Birdwell share their experiences from the Pentagon attack and aftermath, the reader gets a vivid mental picture of much of what they went through. They share their pain and suffering, but they also share their hope and trust in the Lord which is ultimately what gets them through such an appalling tragedy. God is clearly glorified in this story!
Extraordinary testimony  Aug 3, 2006
Refined by Fire is an autobiography of a couple's experience of faith, endurance, and love of God. It evokes all human emotion.
Commitment and Conviction  Jul 5, 2006
While Brian and Mel Birdwell's story is deeply personal and painful, it is also a story of hope, faith and a deep and abiding love. The courage and commitment of this couple to each other and to God is both humbling and uplifting. Their story makes you wonder about yourself and how you would handle such catastrophic events if they were to come your way. This family is a wonderful picture of God's love and faithfulness.
The Power of Faith  Jun 26, 2006

Brian and Mel Birdwell take you with them as together they deal with the severe injuries that Brian received while at the Pentagon on 9/11. There are parts of this book that are difficult to read because of the descriptions of Brian's body as he goes through the healing process. Their story is a powerful testament of faith in a loving God. I would recommend this book to everyone, but especially to someone who is going through physical and spiritual trials.

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