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Embracing the Refiner's Fire: A Book Review
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.