“When a book, whether fiction of non fiction, impacts your life on one level or many levels, then you are blessed and made a better person. This is what the author, Greg Stelley has achieved in this true account of one of America's most devastating fires and the impact it had on the community, and the miracle that followed. This has impacted me greatly and challenged my attitude towards my relationship with God and my family.
As a first time writer, Stelley writes well and describes the fire, its pace, ferocity and devastation just as well. From this angle, this books reads like a novel. I love fiction so I was in my element here. He has done every reader, himself and his family and the family, Frank and Kathy, at the centre of this true account justice by portraying them as they are, real people and as true to how they are as real people and not as two dimensional as some characters are portrayed in fictional stories. This adds so much credibility to himself as author but also to the main characters and the true account of this devastating fire and miracle that occurred as a result of the faith expressed by the Stelley family.
I agree with the author that this story needed to be told. What happened to Frank and Kathy's property defies logical, scientific and rational explanation. Everything points to the supernatural. When you read the specifics of the prayer that Danielle, Juliette and Joni prayed and then to see that in reality, after the fire, this evidenced exactly as prayed, is truly wonderful. For Christians, this is not surprising as to the Author of this miracle. To those who do not know God in a personal way, it will be used by God as a great witness and example of who He is, what He is capable of in a wonderful and benevolent way and to lead those seeking purpose and meaning to why they exist, to Him.
I applaud Greg Stelley in writing this to honour and give God the glory for what He has done for Frank and Kathy. I can say this also for any Christian to be challenged in their faith and to take God out of the boxes we enclose Him in due to our own failings, fallen and sinful nature and use what God has done in this account to challenge us to see Him in a deeper way with a deeper faith.
I was very scared at reading the fire account and the experiences the victims went through. I got anxious, frustrated, angry and cried at those accounts. I also cried, but with tears of joy, at the miracle that unfolded after the fire. I was rejoicing in this wonderful God I love and follow! It is really hard being on a train commuting to work and trying to conceal the fact that you are crying!! I got some very strange looks for fellow commuters!!
This is a wonderful blessing of a true story, a great message from an wonderful God. Faith, hope, redemption, supernatural power from a supernatural God who will do anything to show who He is, no matter where you are, even in the most devastating and horrible circumstance anyone could be in.
Wow! Your review motivates me to read this book immediately! I have it on my "to be read" list, about 20 books down; however, I have decided to read it as soon as I finish my current book. As always, your opinions and reviews are so appreciated — when you recommend a book it is always an excellent one! Thank you, Peter :)
No worries, Paulette,
You are going to be blessed with this miracle and I pray it challenges your faith and like I said in the review, it challenges us to take God out of the box we inadvertently or sometimes deliberately place Him, but also that it reminds us He is bigger than anything in this world.
I have had contact with the author and he would appreciate a review on Amazon if you can. No pressure, but it would be good to write one and extol the majesty and sovereignty of our God.