Author: L. John McCulloch
Published by Outskirts Press, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4327-3785-6

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My purpose in writing this book is to encourage readers who are experiencing trouble to put their faith in the Lord, and trust Him to see them through the trial. This is true no matter how devastating, how heartbreaking, how seemingly unfair the affliction.”

With these words, author John McCulloch opens his biographical book ‘Refined in the Furnace of Affliction,’ which chronicles his family’s troubling times dealing with two separate injuries which first left his oldest son, Johnny, blind and then confined him to a nursing home.

Although the early injuries were devastating and could be explained as medical incompetence, McCulloch is rarely negative in his writing about the circumstances. Many of us, when faced with tragedy, are tempted to lash out and blame someone for what has happened. McCulloch writes from a point of acceptance and grace.

McCulloch has never been a professional writer. He describes his career in the navy and as a ranger in the U.S. Forest Service. He reveals that he is 75 at the time of writing, and it is clear that ‘Refined in the Furnace of Affliction’ is his reflections on the ups and downs of his life. He openly describes his relationship with God and the importance of his faith in his life. He admits his own flaws as a father and allows us to have an intimate glimpse into his experiences.

There are also sections of the book which are written by two of his other children, Bruce and Beverly, who share their struggles and coming to faith. They too, are open and honest about themselves, their family and their relationship with God and I suspect that the writing of this book brought healing to each of them.

Refined in the Furnace of Affliction’ is not a literary masterpiece, but it is an honest account of one family’s journey on Earth and their trust in their Father in Heaven. As summed up in a poem by Johnny, it is a prayer for all:

                        To show them that you really care,

                        So you can help them to find out,

                        What life is really all about.

In sharing his own story, McCulloch’s prayer is that others will be able to find comfort and healing through the presence of the Lord. His testimony is powerful, passionate and inspirational.

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