Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness and Peace by Kim Phuc Phan Thi
Published October 3rd, 2017 by Tyndale House Publishers
Genres Nonfiction, Memoir
Get out! Run! We must leave this place! They are going to destroy this whole place! Go, children, run first! Go now!
These were the final shouts nine year-old Kim Phuc heard before her world dissolved into flames–before napalm bombs fell from the sky, burning away her clothing and searing deep into her skin. It’s a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War. Kim was left for dead in a morgue; no one expected her to survive the attack. Napalm meant fire, and fire meant death. Against all odds, Kim lived–but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her home, her country’s freedom, her childhood innocence and happiness. The coming years would be marked by excruciating treatments for her burns and unrelenting physical pain throughout her body, which were constant reminders of that terrible day. Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul? Fire Road is the true story of how she found the answer in a God who suffered Himself; a Savior who truly understood and cared about the depths of her pain. Fire Road is a story of horror and hope, a harrowing tale of a life changed in an instant–and the power and resilience that can only be found in the power of God’s mercy and love.
The photo on the cover of this book is actually a very famous picture, yet I knew very little about the Vietnam war prior to reading about this book. Although I love history and read about frequently, for some reason I haven’t read much about the Vietnam war. This book was also very interesting because it is told from the perspective of a child at some points, especially in the beginning. The book begins with the author detailing the day that napalm bombs were dropped on her village and the fairly horrific story of her recovery from the burns. She also talks about how the government interfered with her plans for school and tried to use her as propaganda, once they found out she was alive 10 years after the bombing. The first part of this book is fairly sad but the second part we see the author finding Christianity, meeting her husband and eventually starting a family, even though doctors told her she wouldn’t be able to bear children herself. She goes on to find peace and also forgives the people who had hurt her in the past. It’s a great story about someone finding faith and peace after enduring such a horrific event as a child.
Thank you to the publisher, Tyndale House Publishers, for sending me a review copy of this book.