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Baptism by Fire: The true story of a mother who finds faith during her daughter's darkest hour by [Davis, Heather Choate]
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Davis did not believe in God. She attended church as a child, but she and her husband, Lon, could not reconcile the hard-line teachings of their youth with their personal beliefs as adults. They had a strong marriage of 10 years, a healthy 4-year-old son, Graham, and a beautiful 9-month-old baby girl, Remy. One morning they found Remy in her crib having a seizure. The days and weeks following were filled with tests leading to one conclusion: Remy would have to have brain surgery. Why? Heather raged against the world. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, Heather and Lon received support from the local church they attended sporadically and the young pastor who helped them reconsider their views of the church. Davis' powerful stream-of-consciousness style plummets the reader to the depths of her despair and lifts them to the heights of her rapture. As the subtitle states, this is the true story of a mother who finds faith during her daughter's darkest hour, but it is so much more. Melanie Duncan

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"This beautifully written book reminds us that--God is waiting for us to let Him help and love us."
--Marian Wright Edelman, President, The Children's Defense Fund

"It's an amazing story--one that everyone can be inspired by."
--Dr. Robert A. Schuller, The Hour of Power

"This is the true story of a mother who finds faith during her daughter's darkest hour, but it is so much more."
--Booklist

"A narrative that dares to be a psalm in anguish, candor and faith."
--Pastor Gerald Swanson, California Lutheran University

"Impossible to put down, a detective story for the soul, a searing meditation on a mother's love, and utterly unforgettable."
--James Dodson, author of Final Rounds and Faithful Travelers

"An inspiring tale of faith and love."
--New Orleans-Times Picayune

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2065 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart Press (July 31 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9IE7X0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #612,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Lose yourself in a book by simply opening Baptism by Fire and starting page one. Illuminating and absorbing, Heather Choate Davis' first book is a godsend . I read it from start to finish more than once in one fell swoop, sometimes feeling as if I had not taken a breath in a chapter or two.
Adroitly using her to-the-point, searingly honest storytelling skills, Davis tells us about her eight-month-old daughter's terrifying brain surgery and how it led her to embrace a faith in God.
The book touched me in several powerful ways. As a mother myself, I accutely felt Davis' anguish over her daughter's plight, and related tearfully to the mental turmoil a mother faces under such circumstances. Davis' deft writing took me right into the hospital room with her and kept me on the scene until the last page of the book.
Adding to the allure of being invited so openly into the writer's world is the journey we take with Davis on her path to Christian faith, led there as a result of her daughter's illness. The skepticism she felt about letting go, about giving over control of her life to God made me feel less alone about my own questioning of Christianity, and I rejoiced over her acceptance and relief at finding God at the end of the road.
So Baptism by Fire is a book for parents, in particular those who have experienced something similar with their own children, but also for any of us who seek confirmation and clarity on the big question, "Is God alive?" The affirmative answer rings loudly and sweetly in this invigorating and cativating book.
Count me in BIG TIME.
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Format: Hardcover
They say life is the journey, not the destination. Nowhere is this clearer than in Baptism by Fire, in which a woman's whole course in life was changed in the space of six weeks. The folks in charge must have a hard time categorizing this book. The two strongest candidates are religion and motherhood. Well, I'm not "religious" per se, nor am I a mother. But this is one of the best -and most insiring- books I've ever read. Baptism by Fire is about finding your way through life and its tests, and yes, trusting in God to take care of you when you have truly done/fought/tried as much as you possibly could. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who has ever gone through or will go through a difficult time in their life... whether it's something as relatively minor as a lost job or as tragic as losing a child. Not even the tiniest bit preachy, Baptism by Fire is quite simply a fast-paced, well-crafted inspiration for the soul.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book in one sitting - could not put it down. It is beautifully written with a message for all of us about the power of love - the love of parent for child as well as the love of God for us. It proves again that when we "let go and let God" that He never fails us. Like the author, I, too, finally "got it" as an adult and am still finding grace in everyday life. God really is "out there" waiting for us - more willing to help us than we are to ask of Him. I pray that her continued journey of faith will sustain her and her family. This is a lovely, inspiring book. I highly recommend it.
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Format: Hardcover
I read Heather's book the night before last. I got it from Amazon.com. I opened the package at 8:00pm and started reading and put the book down, finished, at 1:00 am. What a phenomenal story...she is a remarkable writer. She has an uncanny ability to put on paper exactly what was going on in her soul through the whole crisis. Unflinchingly, painfully, gracefully candid. I can't even put my feelings into words, except that her book spoke volumes to me about faith and God's love. When's the next book?
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By A Customer on May 11 1999
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up during a layover in the Houston airport. By the time I got home to Salt Lake City, I had read all 262 pages of it--even though it was 2 a.m.!
Heather--thank you SO MUCH for sharing your journey into faith with me. This is a book I will loan to non-Christian friends in the hopes of introducing them to the wonderful Peace they will find in Christ.
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