Refined by Fire by Brian Birdwell
A Family's Triumph of Love and Faith

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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.

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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. MEL BIRDWELL graduated with a degree in human development and family studies from Kansas State University and has had extensive experience in working with programs for senior citizens in Kansas and in Washington. In June 2002, Mel was presented with the fourth annual Robertson McQuilkin Award for Commitment to Marriage, by FamilyLife. Ginger Kolbaba is the managing editor of Marriage Partnership magazine. As her husband's second wife, she offers a refreshing perspective on the adjustments of remarriage. The author of Dazzled to Frazzled and Back Again: The Bride's Survival Guide, Ginger and her husband live in West Dundee, Illinois.
Published August 17, 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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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.

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Part of the reason I feel I "rationed" this book is that reading about the painful effects of Brian's burning was tough reading.

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