Friday, November 8, 2019

First Line Fridays: Forged Through Fire by Mark D. McDonough

Happy Friday!

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today I'm sharing the first line from Forged Through Fire: A Reconstructive Surgeon's Story of Survival, Faith, and Healing by Mark D. McDonough, MD:

"I woke perspiring as an intense wall of heat rolled across the room."

Have you read this story?

What are you reading this weekend?

Have a great weekend! Happy reading!

About the Book:

Pain is not the end of the story.

When Mark McDonough was a teen, a catastrophic fire claimed the lives of his mother and younger brother. It also left Mark with burns on over 65 percent of his body. During a long and painful recovery, his faltering faith in God was strengthened by a remarkable near-death experience. 

Numerous reconstructive surgeries and postoperative rehabilitation motivated him to become a physical therapist. His work with burn, disease, and trauma patients inspired him to become a reconstructive surgeon, working to help those who suffer as he has. McDonough has overcome numerous other adversities on his journey, including addiction and a stroke. Now he shares his incredible true story of survival and perseverance to bring hope and healing to those dealing with great physical and emotional pain.

If you or a loved one has suffered from personal trauma, disease, or loss that has tested or stolen your faith and exhausted your emotional resources, you'll find real hope in this redemptive story.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


  1. Over on my blog I'm sharing the first line from A Match for Emma by Pepper Basham.
    Here I'll share with you the first line from chapter 5 --
    "There was something about front porch swings."

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of bookish delights!

    1. Thanks for sharing! Unfortunately, my weekend has been full of cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. But, I'm hoping to spend some time with a book tomorrow!

  2. Happy Friday! 😀

    Over on my blog I'm sharing the first line from Misleading Miss Verity by Carolyn Miller: I'm currently reading Once Upon a Christmas, a novella collection. I'll share a line from there:

    "Stretching her arm, Li slammed her hand on her phone and tapped to snooze the alarm."

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. 🙂❤📖

  3. I’m currently reading More Than a Pretty Face which is Karen Witemeyer’s novella included in Serving Up Love. I’m on chapter 2 so I’ll share thet first line of that chapter here. “Rosalind Kemp approached the new Santa Fe Depot from the west, making use of the exterior door that led directly into the kitchen.” I hope you have a nice weekend!

  4. My first line is from The Pursuit of Home by Kristi Hunter

    Marlborough, England 1816
    Sometimes, despite time, distance, and a significant amount of ignoring it, the past never quite went away.

    1. I haven't read any of Kristi Hunter's books, but I would like too! They sound so good! Have a good rest of the weekend!

  5. Happy Weekend! My first line is from "The Strength of Their Love" by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    "Forrest Williams slammed his hand on the nightstand, trying to find his phone so he could shut off the racket the alarm was making."

  6. Sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for sharing.

  7. What a powerful story. I will have to look for this one. Thanks for sharing!