The Burning Within
by Ranelle Wallace & Curtis Taylor
True story of a couple returning home after an unsuccessful vacation to revive their marriage, their plane crash, their rescue, survival, recovery, and coping with life after severe burns and disfiguration. Adding to this tragedy was a woman’s disregard for the warnings and strong premonitions of what was to come. That burning within all of us. Also a very compelling near death experience and confirmation of life after death beliefs that people of every religion can relate to.
My thoughts on this book:
RaNelle Wallace is married with two kids and wants to revive her marriage with her husband Terry. They decide to take a trip to Utah to see if it might be a good place to move the family, but RaNelle has a premonition that she really shouldn’t be going. She knows she needs to do this for her kids, but something is telling her not to go, otherwise something dreadful is going to happen. She decides to go ahead and take the trip, but when it’s time to come home, she tells her husband that the weather is too bad to fly their plane. Rather than listen to RaNelle, he tells her they must get home and flying is the only way. She heeds his advice and they leave, but not long after, they hit a horrible storm and can’t see where they’re flying, how far from the ground they are, and on top of that, the door to the plane isn’t closing properly. It’s a nightmare scenario and RaNelle begins to pray to God for help. She prays that if God will just get her out of this dangerous predicament and bring her back down to the ground, she’ll always listen to Him and never ignore His warnings again. The events that happen afterward are a miracle.
I picked up this book after learning of RaNelle’s story and her near death experience online. I’ve always had an interest in NDE’s and wanted to hear what her experience was like. I was shocked how different her experience was from many of the others I have read, yet it was alike in a few ways as well. I didn’t find her NDE as compelling as some of the others, yet it was interesting and the experiences she had made sense to me. She had incredible courage and perseverance to go through what she did. She turned her life around, giving herself to community service, which is nothing short of astounding to me. Some of the things that happen while RaNelle is here on Earth are nearly unbelievable. Her husband Terry had an experience of his own, but the book only touches on it.
I’m happy to have read the book. It’s written well and at times I couldn’t put it down. I liked that photographs were included, including photos of the plane and their family. With that said, some parts were horrific for me because of everything RaNelle went through. I found myself cringing more than once and wanted to put the book down because I just couldn’t deal with the pain she was enduring, but overall, the book was great.
- Hardcover: 218 pages
- Publisher: Gold Leaf Press; 2nd edition (September 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1882723058
- ISBN-13: 978-1882723058
This is my August book pick for The Ultimate Reading Challenge. You can see it HERE.