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Forged Through Fire (Book Review)

By Benjamin H. Liles

          Mark McDonough didn't just face a trial by fire when he was a young man, he lost his mom and younger brother as well. His harrowing story is told within these pages. He has seen what pain and heartbreak first hand in his life. Since his youth he has managed to become the man he is now, both known for his faith as well as work as a doctor, helping patients heal in their lives as well. So, when I say Forged through Fire is a hard but worthwhile book to read I mean it with my whole heart.

          He hasn't simply written this book as a wonderful storyteller, but to show his faith for what it is: tested by fire. I find that it's worth being read. I couldn't begin to say more about a man who has made it his life's work to helping others in their difficult times. As a teenage he suffered from burns that covered 65-70% of his body. Those who worked on him weren't even sure he would make it considering he tried to save his mom and youngest brother from that horrific night's fire.

           Saying this book is a good and wonderful read doesn't do it a great deal of justice. It's heart-wrenching in the detail of someone who remembers it as if it happened yesterday, which I'm sure he'd say, "Yes, I remember it as though it were." At the same time it's worth picking up and seeing what faith looks like from those places where it seems nothing else will work. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review.

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