Book Talk: Through Fire to Faith: One Man's Journey from Fear and Fault to Genuine Faith by Robe
Compelling and liberating read.
— Sophia,The BookWalker
Michael was a man without a purpose until that fateful night he saved little Katie Martin from the raging inferno. Everybody cheered and congratulated Michael after his heroic act. Still, he knew that for most of those in the crowd that night—except for the grateful Martins—shook their heads and thought he was crazy to thrust himself into the fire when the firefighters had already given up on finding Katie. Perhaps that was his crazy motivation: everybody had given up on a scared four-year-old girl.
Michael recalled the day his own Mary was born. He was right in the labor room, holding Janine’s hand and whispering words to cheer her on. Mary was a delightful little baby, always sweet and charming, and she had Michael completely enamored from the very beginning.
Michael was not perfect, but he was a wonderful father to Mary and a loving and responsible husband to Janine. As a philosophy professor, he was used to the thousands of questions about life and about God that his students threw his way. Unknown to Michael, he too would be asking his own questions a few years after Mary’s birth.
A robbery gone horribly traumatic led Michael to a coma from which he emerged a drastically changed man. On the outside, only cuts and bruises were the telltale signs of the incident, but inside, Michael was fighting a losing battle. Scenes from the robbery—the park where it happened, the huge man who jumped him, the smell of blood gushing from his head, the strong hands on his throat—rendered Michael immobile at times. Was it something he could have avoided? What should he do to calm his nerves? Alcohol gave him a temporary reprieve. Still, unable to handle himself and his newfound obsession, he spiraled down an addiction that took whatever good was left in his life, including his family.
Robert Bailor’s Through Fire to Faith: One Man’s Journey from Fear and Fault to Genuine Faith is a masterpiece that showcases Bailor’s skillful writing prowess and philosophical and spiritual insights. Without sounding preachy or overly philosophical, Bailor talks about despair, hope, second chances, and faith. He checks all the good things that make an excellent story. Readers will not be disappointed.
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" Compelling and liberating read. "
Review by Amy Alcott
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Robert (Bob) Bailor is a recently retired philosophy professor, mental health therapist, and chemical addictions counselor. He has published three other books, two in the field of philosophy and one in addiction counseling, along with numerous articles in philosophy and counseling. Also, Bob has presented talks at national conferences on spirituality, counseling family members of addicts/alcoholics, and advancing professional counseling skills. His passions are his faith, his family, and his writing. Bob lives in Westerville, OH, with his wife, Mary Rose. He has three grown children and three grandchildren.