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Embracing the Refiner's Fire: A Book Review

Updated on July 30, 2013
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

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me and two of my siblings got tattoos in remembrance of my uncle
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me and two of my siblings got tattoos in remembrance of my uncle
me and two of my siblings got tattoos in remembrance of my uncle | Source

Embracing the Refiner's Fire

by Dale and Ruby Price

I previously reviewed my uncle's first book, Two Copper Coins. That book was an inspirational collection of quotes and letter's written by my uncle from the time of his cancer diagnosis in August of 2008 to his passing on April 16th, 2011. I also wrote of his passing in my poem Free Spirit .

While Two Copper Coins was inspirational and comforting, it didn't tell the story of my uncle's battle with cancer. the entries were undated and not in any kind of chronological order. Embracing the Refiner's Fire tells the story of my uncle's heroic battle, chronologically, through his own journal entries, through his writing, through the writing's and remembrances of others (including yours truly) and through narrative.

In today's day and age, nearly everyone has been afflicted and affected by the scourge of cancer in some way. Let this book be a comfort to you.

Dale Ernest Price lived his life for Jesus in High Definition (I talk about this more in my hub about my tattoos). He said cancer gave him focus and a sense of urgency that he hadn't experienced in his sixty years before cancer. Whether you are a Christian, a Buddhist, a Muslim, an atheist, Jewish, or anything in between, you can gather inspiration and hope from this book.

It's not a typical memoir. Dale doesn't talk about how heroically he battled cancer. he doesn't talk about the three speaking engagements he had at huge conferences in St. Petersburg, Russia after his terminal diagnosis. He doesn't talk about the camp he built nearly from the ground up and directed for nearly forty years while serving in the US Army, raising two sons and staying married and in love with Ruby for forty one years.

He doesn't talk about it, but other's do.

Dale's focus was on others and on Jesus.

This book will make you laugh and make you cry. It will inspire you and challenge you. if you have cancer or know anyone that does, then you need to read this book, regardless of religious affiliation.

Dale was my uncle, and he lives on through this book. I'm certainly biased, but I'm genuinely pleased with how this book turned out and cannot recommend it enough. Ever cancer battler, survivor, spouse or family member should read this book.

The book is illustrated in beautiful watercolor by Elaine Roemer.

My Poetry Collection

Digging to China Amazon Price:$8.05 List Price: $10.99

Thanks for Reading.

A FREELANCE WRITER, HONORS STUDENT AND GOVER PRIZE FINALIST, JUSTIN W. PRICE (AKA, PDXKARAOKEGUY)IS A POET, SHORT STORY, BIOGRAPHY AND HUMOR WRITER. HIS POETRY COLLECTION, DIGGING TO CHINA, WAS RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND, 2013 BY SWEATSHOPPE PUBLICATIONS AND IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM, BARNES AND NOBLE AND THROUGH YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER.

HIS WORK WILL ALSO BE FEATURED IN BEST NEW Writing (2014 EDITION), AND HAS APPEARED PREVIOUSLY IN THE RUSTY NAIL, EFICTION, THE CRISIS CHRONICLES, THE HELLROARING REVIEW, BURNINGWORD, THE WHISTLING FIRE, SEE SPOT RUN ANDTHE BELLWETHER REVIEW.

HE WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER, EDITOR, AND GHOST WRITER, AND IS WORKING TOWARDS HIS PH.D. HE LIVES IN A SUBURB OF PORTLAND, OREGON WITH HIS WIFE, ANDREA, THEIR LABRADOODLE, BELLA, SCHNOODLE, SAUVEE AND BLACK MOOR GOLDFISH, HOWARD WOLOWITZ.

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    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Till. i'm glad you said so, and I hope you get a chance to check out the book!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      What a wonderful tribute to a man who appears to have embraced what the Lord gave to him and lived his life to the fullest. I'm sure the book is a true inspiration after reading this glowing hub about it...but the glowing part is more about your uncle than the book though now the two go hand in hand.

      Great job Justin. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Pamela. I didn't write the book, my aunt and uncle did, but you should still give it a read :-)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It sounds like you wrote a wonderful book about someone you loved. I think I would love to read this book. What a great tribute to your uncle. Beautiful hub.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      candi, I can't argue with that!

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      Candie V 

      6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      You just can't help but be.. er.. unique! Love it!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Candie, I post the most recent comments up top, instead of on the bottom, like most hubbers.

      Thanks so much, Lord for stopping by. I appreciate the kind words.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Great to hear that your Uncle was one of the finest. Thanks for introducing to us the Dale Ernest Pirce nobody could ever knew, but you.

    • Candie V profile image

      Candie V 

      6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      How did my comment end up under your reply! Haha! Maybe it's just me...

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Candie. It is special.My dad also makes music, so, that;ll be a nice legacy when he passes. Thanks for reading and let me know how you like the book!

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      Candie V 

      6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      What an awesome legacy he's left behind! Glad you have these memories to hold you! Hope to read it soon!

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