Dead Man Breathing by Billy Jack Mcdaniel
The Incredible True Story of One Man's Rise from the Flames

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"EXPLOSION ON THE RIG! FIRE ON THE RIG! I'M ON FIRE!" My yells turned to screams that were absorbed into the whoosh of the flames... The fire is gorgeous- teal blues, glittering yellows, oranges, reds - all swirling together and lighting up the night sky. But engulfed in the middle of this blazing inferno, Billy Jack McDaniel is literally roasting to death. What starts out as a normal working day on March 3, 2006, in the oil fields of East Texas is quickly transformed into a situation that brings about what many believe is the worst work-related burn injury in history. In the blink of an eye, this event changes a young couple's "American Dream" into a nightmare journey through the fires of tragedy. With burns covering more than 95% of Jack's once strong, strapping body, his survival and eventual recovery seem impossible. Most people, including the health-care professionals, do not expect him to live. There is nothing to look forward to but pain, suffering, and an agonizing death. Yet, Jack's loving, determined wife, A'Leta and their little girl, Carney, support him with unyielding love and faith. A'Leta insists that despite the grim prognosis, her beloved husband will survive his injuries. She knows that Billy Jack McDaniel has the heart of a lion and an incredible will to live.

About Billy Jack Mcdaniel

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Billy Jack and A'Leta McDaniel have been married fifteen years and have a beautiful daughter, Jacqueline Carney. In addition to sharing their story with churches and other groups, they have started Billy Jack McDaniel, (, an organization committed to helping change lives spiritually and save lives by educating people about the importance of personal and workplace safety. Billy Jack and his family now live in the high country of North Carolina, where their dream home and the mountains surrounding them are truly a gift from God.
Published November 25, 2013 by Winepress Publishing. 177 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality.

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