Kim Phuc, Vietnam War Victim & Canadian, Tells Her Story In New Book: Fire Road
WATERLOO— July 20th, 2017— When Kim Phuc Phan Thi was just nine years old she faced physical and emotional trauma beyond what most people will experience in a lifetime. Although she has become famous as the focal point of the dramatic war photo in which she runs, naked and burned, from her bombed hometown, the “Napalm Girl” has come to discover much more in life than fear and bitterness…and has forgiven those who scarred her for life. Now, 45 years later, Thi has put her story of faith, healing and forgiveness in written form. Tyndale House Publishing will be releasing Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey Through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness & Peace in October 2017.
Thi has demonstrated bravery and character throughout her life, and has inspired millions over the past 20 years, as she has shared her story at events, conferences, and political occasions around the world. The famous photo in the street has grabbed the attention and sympathies of many, but the fact that she has been able to forgive and move forward with life has been, and continues to be, the truly inspiring aspect of Thi’s story. She attributes her miraculous recovery (emphasizing the emotional healing over the physical recovery) to the grace of God, and finds in her faith a strength, purpose, and compassion for others that she had been searching for through years of scar treatments and attempting to re-establish her bomb-stricken life.
When asked how she could learn to forgive, Thi’s response was, “I can’t change what happened in the past. I was nine. I got burned so badly, but what can I do? I never live in the past. I learn from it… I know through experience God loves me for who I am, not how I look. I trusted God to bring the right people to my life. And He did.” Even when the permanent scarring resulted in her being unable to pursue the medical career she so aspired to, Thi found hope in her faith, the love of her husband, and her very life. Thi and her husband later defected to Canada, and now live in the Toronto, Ontario area with their family.
Fire Road tells the story of a girl who was rescued by a war photographer, only to be left for dead in a morgue, but who is very much alive today…physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As she prepares for the release of her autobiography, Thi is available for interviews and speaking engagements, eager to encourage others through her journey.
Kim Phuc Phan Thi is a UNESCO Goodwill ambassador who travels to hundreds of events every year around the world. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her commitment to global peace and reconciliation. This includes six honorary doctorates for her work in supporting child victims of war around the world through the nonprofit organization KIM Foundation International. Kim and her husband, Toan, have two grown sons, Thomas and Stephen, and live in the Toronto area.
Tyndale House Publishers, founded in 1962, is one of the largest privately held Christian publishers of books, Bibles, and digital media in the world. Tyndale Momentum, Tyndale’s nonfiction imprint, is the publisher of many New York Times bestsellers and is known for integrity in building lasting personal relationships with authors and agents. Tyndale extends the ministry of its authors by contributing most of its profits to the nonprofit Tyndale House Foundation, which makes grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. Originally founded to publish The Living Bible, a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible that became a global publishing phenomenon, Tyndale now publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT), the translation of choice for millions of people.
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