Item description for Angel Flight 44: A True Story by Glen Hyde Rich Vermillion...
WINNER OF A 2008 ANGEL AWARD from Excellence in Media, the book Angel Flight 44: A True Story is now an award-winning title. History is filled with stories of adventure. This account, however, also includes the unmistakable presence of the Hand of God. Angel Flight 44 is a book born out of flight missions that saved countless lives by the grace of God. In the midst of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, storm-ravaged residents of Louisiana cried out to Heaven for help. Love's answer to their prayers soon descended from the heavens.in the shape of a very big airplane. The miraculous adventure of humanitarian relief that pilot Glen Hyde and copilot Denny Ghiringhelli experienced is a remarkable tale of mercy in the face of catastrophe, and the love of God expressed through His supernatural intervention. Two world-renowned ministries partnered with a veteran aviator and his Douglas Super DC-3, an American Airlines 767 captain, numerous corporations, and a storm-wearied pastor in Slidell, Louisiana, to obey a call from God to help hurting people. Yet, this relief mission also forever changed the lives of the volunteers themselves. The testimony of this adventure has already warmed the hearts of millions. Now revealed within the pages of this book, this inspiring story should similarly bless you. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: GLEN HYDE: Glen Hyde is a veteran aviator of more than forty years. He began his aviation career as an agricultural pilot and later served his country as a United States Marine Corps fighter pilot. He has worked as a commercial aviator for airlines and air freight companies; is a flight instructor and licensed A&P mechanic; has built, restored, and flown vintage aircraft; and owns a successful airport in North Texas, which is home to over 500 general aviation aircraft. His most rewarding accomplishment to date, however, is flying the remarkable Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief missions with copilot Denny Ghiringhelli-the story of Angel Flight 44. RICH VERMILLION: Rich Vermillion is an ordained Spirit-filled Christian minister, public speaker, and author. In addition to writing the accounts contained in Angel Flight 44, he has also penned other inspiring Christian books. Rich has appeared on local, national, and international television programs; and has been interviewed on hundreds of radio stations around the United States and Canada. A dynamic speaker, Rich has also ministered in numerous churches and conferences, some with audiences ranging upwards to thousands in number.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Aug 29, 2007
Publisher Paradigm Seed Publishers
ISBN 1933141050 ISBN13 9781933141053
Reviews - What do customers think about Angel Flight 44: A True Story?
Marvelous! Simply, marvelous! Oct 19, 2007
There are only a handful of books that I have read more than once, and only one or two that I have read twice or more. Angel Flight 44 is the first book ever that I have read perhaps a dozen times...and I cannot help but think I will pick it up and read it again yet more.
Angel Flight 44 simply moves me. Whenever my eyes find themselves dancing once again upon its pages, I discover fresh nuances that somehow I had missed before. Certain portions moved me to tears the first few times I read them; yet these are not tears of sadness, but of an overwhelming sense of God's goodness and love for mankind. Even the most recent perusals of this magnificent text have caused my eyes to water a bit when I have reviewed these same moments within the story. That said, few books have ever moved this former military man in such a way. For Angel Flight 44 do so is quite a testimony to its uniqueness among books.
I have discussed Angel Flight 44 with other readers, and have found that regardless of gender, race, economic status, or even religious preferences, people are similarly moved. One gentleman was even moved to the point of pursuing flight training so that he could participate in such courageous relief missions himself, should the need once again arise.
Another businessman, whose shadow rarely darkened the door of a church, called his Christian son and began regular attendance at his congregation. His reason? He discovered within the pages of Angel Flight 44 that the miraculous was real, and that Christianity was indeed intended to empower real men of courage and faith.
One Christian woman found similar motivation and commented, "I want to live a life by the power of the Holy Spirit too!" The wife of a certain pastor commented, "This is going to change the way the Church does things forever." My own wife, for that matter, has seemed to be in competition with me to see who can read it the most. We have even purchased copies and given them away to others that they may also be blessed by its pages.
I could expound upon the elements of the story itself, but to do so would spoil the surprise. So I will refrain. Let me note, however, that I am impressed with the design of the flow of the book. Rich Vermillion chose to fashion its order into multiple sections, each apparently designed to simulate some form of other media in its textual flow. For example, the main story reads like a movie. It then has a "Special Feature" chapter that describes the history of the airplane, which reads like a small documentary. Then the "Extra Scenes" sections adds short stories that seem like movie scenes perhaps cut out by the director. The author comments that these were stories worthy of inclusion, but which either followed the time frame of the main story or were difficult to work into the text, and so were set apart within their own section. Finally, the book ends with a "Most Important Decision" chapter written by Rich Vermillion in his capacity as a minister.
The author credits his inspiration to this unique book organization to his desire to inspire young readers to delve into its pages by simulating media they are more familiar with. Whatever his motivation, it works very well.
Angel Flight 44: A True Story is actually a recently released abridged edition (at a bargain price). I can also recommend the original Angel Flight 44: The True Story of Two Dedicated Pilots, a 60-Year-Old Airplane, and the Amazing Hurricane Katrina Mission That Birthed a New Aviation Ministry, which I have also read. It contains all the same elements of this abridged edition PLUS "Behind the Scenes", "Spiritual Commentary", and "Future of Angel Flight 44" sections as well. (You can read my review under that title for additional details regarding these added sections.)
"Most Important Decision" chapter in this abridged edition is actually expanded quite a bit and, in my opinion, much better than the original version. The main story, "Special feature", and "Extra Scenes" sections are perfectly intact in this abridged edition. This is simply a streamlined version that contains the most powerful elements of the original book, and is a much quicker book to read as a result.
Overall, I cannot express enough how impacting Angel Flight 44 is to whomever reads it. The miracles, the courage, the testimonies - these cannot be described adequately in an online book review. Simply put: To get grasp how powerful and unique this book is, you will simply have to read it for yourself.