Recommended: Fire Road

Fire Road: A Memoir of Hope, by Kim Phuc Phan Thi (Tyndale House Publishers, 2017)

The cover sold me; I knew I had to read this book. I had just finished watching all episodes of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary of the Vietnam War.

And I remembered seeing the photo on the cover years ago.

June 8, 1972. Kim Phuc Phan Thi was nine. Napalm hit her village, burning off her clothes and much of her skin.

She was left for dead in a hospital morgue, where her mother found her days later.

This girl had survived? Become a Christian? Written her story? A story of hope?


Despite constant pain because of her burns …
despite being used as propaganda by the government after the war …
despite being denied the opportunity to pursue an education …
despite being rejected by everyone in her family for leaving the CaoDai religion …
despite living as a refugee before becoming a Canadian citizen …

today Kim speaks around the world about forgiveness and finding peace.

And she glows.

I loved this book. I loved learning about Kim’s faith, her reliance on Scripture, her prayers for her family in Vietnam and the amazing answers to those prayers.

I graduated from college right around June 8, 1972, the day the napalm hit Kim’s village. I was clueless about the war. But now at least I am not clueless about this remarkable woman who survived it.

Kim Phuc talks about her journey to freedom, and how she came …

She sustained 5,000-degree burns from a napalm bomb.She was sent to the morgue. But, this was only the beginning of her heroic story.In this video, Kim Phuc, the Napalm Girl, talks about her journey to freedom, and how she came to faith. Learn more about Kim's amazing story in her book Fire Road –

Posted by Tyndale House Publishers on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

– Diane

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