Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi – A Review

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I love history and love books about it as well as I like watching History movies, TV shows, etc.. One thing that I have always liked was war history. Call me weird, but it is what I like. So when I had the opportunity to review this book about the girl in the famous picture from the Vietnam War, where her clothes were burned off of her, I knew I had to read this book.

Here is some info on the book from the back cover:

More Than four decades ago, her excruciating pain was exposed in a photo that made headlines around the world. Only now is she fully revealing the depth of her scarring-to both body and soul.

It’s a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War: Nine-year-old Kim Phuc running in agony moments after napalm bombs fell from the sky, bringing hellish fire that burned away her clothing and seared deep into her skin.

Left for dead in a hospital morgue, Kim miraculously survived-but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her beloved home and village, her country’s freedom, as well as her childhood innocence and happiness. Kim’s coming years would be marked by agonizing treatments for her burns, incessant physical pain throughout her body, and being handled for political propaganda. Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul?

Fire Road is a story of both unrelenting horror and unexpected hope, a harrowing tale of life changed in an instant. In this stunning first-hand account of struggling to find answers in a world that only seemed to bring anguish. Kim ultimately discovers strength in someone who had suffered himself, transforming her tragedy into an unshakable faith.

What I thought about the book:

Since I love history, I thought I would like this book. Boy was I was right.

I loved how the book was written from Kim’s perspective. There is so much insight from the book. So much that I never knew about this iconic picture and that poor girls life.

There was several surprises in this book that I just never would have thought in this book. Even though it is about Kim’s life, it isn’t one of those boring biography type books. Some parts kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see how things turned out in different situations. I found myself saying to my family, did you know this or did you that? I think the thing that surprised me the most is that she came to know Christ as her Savior. I wasn’t really expecting that, but since the book is put out by Tyndale, I should have realized that.

One thing that I didn’t like about the book was the picture on the front cover. She is nude on the cover, but one of my kids fixed that problem and put a sticky note over her body and put a stick figure on the paper. Problem fixed! I went all over with my book and it’s sticky note on my book, it even went to the doctor’s office like that.

This book was worth the time to read it. I am sure anyone who likes history or just learning about people will enjoy this book.

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