Forged in the Refiner’s Fire is a religious non-fiction book, and the stories follow the theme of the title. It is a collection of personal narrative essays, in which the authors tell of their “refiner’s fires,” and how they have made come through trials and made sense of suffering. The book contains 22 personal essays, each with a relevant quote or thought at the beginning to set the theme of the essay. There are several appendices, which include the written testimonies of the compilers, biographies of the contributors, and a bibliography. Essays written by Candance E. Salima, Tristi Pinkston, Willard Boyd Gardner and numerous others share stories about tragic accidents, drug addiction, infertility, and other life problems and how the authors came to solutions that were right for themselves and their families.
This really is a book that lets you know that sometimes suffering is a part of life, but that we can learn and grow from our experiences. I enjoyed reading all of these short essays that helped me to realize how the Lord works differently in all of our lives and that he is looking our for us. This book made me teary-eyed on several occasions, and touched me. I'm glad that Candace asked my to read and review it for her blog tour. I hope that you enjoy her accompaning interview.
Check out her blog to see other stops on the tour: http://candacesalima.blogspot.com/