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BOOK REVIEW:
REFINED IN THE FURNACE OF AFFLICTION
BY JOHN MCCULLOCH

We hope you enjoy this book review by Laura Goodwin.





This book is a memoir of
John Mc Culloch that focuses on his son who was born with a rare condition called hydrocephalus. The book gives background information on his tour with the Navy during this time period. All the while, his son became sicker and sicker. His son Johnny had to have surgery and it would last for a little while and then he would become sicker again. One of the surgeries, they had to put a shunt into his sons kidney cavity. The hydrocephalus problem went away but blindness took over.

The book follows John from his “release from active duty” and into the U.S. Forest Service. During this time, John went back to school. John and his wife Sylvia had three other children after the birth of Johnny. He and his wife become active with other people of the community. Some of the people helped John and introduced him to Jesus Christ. This is carried over to the rest of the family and John further expanded his relationship with God.

I like that the author gets more involved with the church and how it helps him to deal with the trials and tribulations in dealing with his son. I can see how the other children were affected by this and how his son Bruce took it hardest. I am pleased that Bruce was able to get thru that time period and turn out o.k. I can only imagine going thru what John and his family endured. This book is not a quick read and I found myself having to set it down for a bit. It is hard to digest what he went thru and as a 911 Operator, I have heard my share of horror stories and sometimes it is hard to hear when bad things happen to people .This book really makes you consider to think twice if you are having a bad day. In spite all this, I am glad that it seemed to make John stronger.

After reading about Johnny’s accident, it really made me value life and how precious it is. For the Author to go through what he and his family went thru is amazing. In spite of it all, John does not hold any bad feelings and does not lose sight of his faith and religion. The power of prayer is so great and I am grateful that John and his family were able to get thru this. In conclusion, I highly recommend this book. It is an excellent Religious biography and is well written. I urge all people young and old to read this book. Thank you for letting me be a part of this!

REVIEWED BY LAURA GOODWIN

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, LAURA GOODWIN


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