• Alexis Newlin

Book Review: Forged Through Fire

Hi friends!


Last month, I was lucky to receive Forged Through Fire by Mark D. McDonough, MD.

Guys, I could not put this book down. Dr. McDonough shares his experience with his readers as a burn victim. Through great losses and trials, Mark is able to craft such a wonderful piece of nonfiction to encourage his readers and point them back to God.

It was such a please to read and review this book.


Without further ado, here is my book review for Forged Through Fire.


About the Book: When Mark McDonough was a teen, a catastrophic fire claimed the lives of his mother and younger brother. It also left Mark with burns on over 65 percent of his body. During a long and painful recovery, his faltering faith in God was strengthened by a remarkable near-death experience. Inspired to pursue a career as a plastic surgeon to help those who suffer as he has, McDonough has overcome numerous other adversities on his journey, including addiction and a stroke. Now he shares his incredible true story of survival and perseverance to bring hope and healing to those dealing with great physical and emotional pain.

Anyone who has suffered or watched a loved one suffer from personal trauma, disease or loss that has tested or stolen their faith and exhausted their emotional resources will find real hope in this redemptive story.


About the Author: Mark D. McDonough, MD, is a therapist, physician, and plastic and reconstructive surgeon. A graduate of Case Western University School of Medicine and trained in general, burn, and plastic surgery at the University of South Florida and Vanderbilt University, he has served as an adjunct professor in physical therapy and worked with trauma patients at hospitals in Ohio, Tennessee, and Florida, where he later founded his own practice. Married for more than 25 years, he and his wife, Joan, have three grown sons--Connor, Riley, and Toby--who form the popular band Before You Exit. Dr. McDonough lives in Central Florida.


My Review: This book gives such good insight as to what burn survivors experience. I work in a hospital myself as a therapist and I'm often called in to help burn victims to distract them during their dressing changes. I hate to admit it, but I often dread working with these patients. Their pain seems so great; what can I do that could possibly alleviate their pain?


Reading this book gave me a lot of perspectives and taught me something important- it's helpful just to be there. When people are suffering, it's easy to just want to fix it and when we can't, we want to avoid it. But sitting with another in their pain, or darkest moments speaks volumes. Sometimes as a therapist- I immediately want to fix. This book has taught me just to sit, to be present, to be a listening ear.


On top of changing how I view treating these patients, Mark's story is encouraging for anyone going through hard times. He is honest about and vulnerable with his readers about his loss, his substance abuse. His perseverance is remarkable- despite everything, he goes on to become a Physical Therapist, then a Plastic Surgeon. Mark shows his readers how you can turn trials into triumphs, messes into a message.


I absolutely recommend this book, not only to those who work in the health industry to get a perspective of what a burn survivor goes through but to anyone struggling with a trial. In this book, you will find much encouragement.



Thanks so much for reading. To find out more about Dr, McDonough, please visit https://drmarkmcd.com/


Until next time!


~Alexis

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