“The Other Side of the Fire” by Jan R. Adams M D- second edition is 99 pages of thought provoking words presented in the form of a parable. It is the story of Philip a generic name which could easily be replaced with your name or even mine. Philip is at a point in his life in which he must make a decision the question is does he understand the decision making process.
I hesitate to use the word ‘crossroads’ because it has become a bit cliché’ yet there is a point in which there is nothing to be said, nothing that can be done, and no one to blame for the position an individual finds himself/herself. ”The Other Side of the Fire” is a conversation Philip has with an unnamed person when he finds himself between despair and hope- a crossroad.
“As a child you learned to find acceptable in yourself that which your parents, particularly your mother, found acceptable……As an adult you have come to find acceptable in yourself that which society says is acceptable…….You have sought your salvation in what you do, or whom you’re with.” (page 63)
Jan R. Adams presents a book that is easy to read and understand. I am sure every person who reads this book will latch onto a thought or idea that directly addresses where he or she is in life. Despite its’ compact size (approximately 8×5 inches)“The Other Side of the Fire” teaches an individual more than many of the larger thicker ‘self-help’ books available. The book is in its’ purest sense a story of one persons’ journey to redemption.
I recommend this book.
I gave a copy of this book to a friend of mine. This once sultry jazz singer found herself detoxing in a hospital while in a coma. After studying the word of God with the support of church family she has turned her life around. My friend has read the book three times in as many weeks and has promised to read it again. For her the book is affirmation.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.