The Circle of Fire - In the Midst of the Ashes an Ember of Hope Flickered

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In the early hours of March 7, 1999, Justina Page's life changed forever when a four-alarm house fire ravaged and destroyed her family's home. In the aftermath, in addition to the heartbreaking loss of one of her 22-month-old twin boys, Justina and her husband had to cope with the physical injuries left behind on both her and their surviving son.

The Circle of Fire chronicles the author's journey through overcoming the devastating consequences of this catastrophic event. Justina's is a journey of discovering that personal tragedy is not a life sentence to despair, anger, and continual pain and suffering. Instead, it is a discovery of how something positive can be salvaged from every agonizing experience, even when your faith has truly been tried by fire.

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Justina Page's life was changed forever in the early morning hours of March 7, 1999. That is when fire swept through her Houston home, killing her 22-month old twin son, Amos, severely injuring the other twin Benjamin, and leaving her with third degree burns over 50 percent of her body. From the ashes of this tragedy a new hope has risen. Justina has since dedicated herself to helping families affected by burn trauma. She is the founder and Executive Director of The Amos House of Faith, a nonprofit organization, established to provide post burn support to children and families affected by burn trauma.

Justina's work within the burn community has been highly recognized by various prestigious organizations. Those accolades include being honored as the 2008 Memorial Hermann Hospital Volunteer of the Year, receiving the Houston Fire Department Neighborhood Hero Award, the Houston Texan's Halliburton Hometown Hero Award, the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Galveston 2008 Volunteer Group of the Year Award, and the Mayor Bill White Amos House of Faith Proclamation Day. Being a burn survivor herself as well as the mother of burn survivors, she has experienced all the stages of trauma a burn patient faces and is uniquely qualified to deal with these problems. Through the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, she has been trained as a SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance and Recovery) trainer, coordinator, and peer supporter. This, coupled with her work at the John S. Dunn Sr. Burn Center at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Shriners Hospital in Galveston, and the Phoenix Society, gives her a truly unique understanding of how to teach, help, and inspire others. Justina is a founding advocate of Common Voices Coalition, a group that focuses on education regarding fire sprinklers and the role they play in a total fire protection package for the home. Justina serves in various capacities within the burn community. She has served as chat line moderator, support group leader, and panelist at the Phoenix Society and World Burn Congresses. She is the current support group leader for the John S. Dunn Sr. burn unit as well as the burn unit Team Leader for Memorial Hermann Volunteer Services. This is Justina s way of giving back to the community that helped her through her long, arduous recovery. She resides in Houston, Texas, with her husband of 23 years, James Page Jr., and three of her six sons.

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''I felt myself being filled with gratitude and hope as I moved through the pages of the book. Yes, I cried, but I also laughed out loud... and I felt a renewed spirit of strength and endurance to run my own race and fulfill my unique purpose.''-- Beverly Dracos, President of Dracos Genuine Communications, LLC, Co-Author of The Relationship Age

''Justina, this book is a masterpiece. You are as dynamic a writer as you are a speaker and a person. Your passionate spirit witnesses so beautifully to your faith and shares it like sunshine. There could be nobody who would not derive strength and direction from reading and reacting to this book. Flashbacks to the past as related to the story add dimension and transition. Thank you for sharing this book with me.''-- Gail Miller, Artist & Writer

''I would definitely recommend this book, but my recommendation would not be limited to just burn survivors and caregivers; although the challenges in the book may be dealing with the devastation of burn injury and trauma, the process of recovery is universal and the realizations shared in Justina's journey from victim to survivor can be applicable to anyone who picks up this book.''-- Dennis Gardin, Executive Director of the Georgia Firefighter Burn Foundation

''The emotional connection I felt to this book was the author's explanation of what was happening inwardly and why. Then, I was drawn in from a personal level to my pain and included in on the path to healing and deliverance.''-- Lori Smith, Houston, TX

''I strongly recommend this book because it is good to know that someone out there can relate to how you feel while going through tragedy or loss. It is somewhat comforting to know that you weren t alone in how you felt. It is an eye opener for caretakers on how deeply the person in the tragedy could be affected.''-- Julia Francis, Sugarland, TX

''Reading this book brought back feelings. Feelings I didn t even know I had. Everyone thought I was mad. I was trying to figure life out. What did I do wrong? Yes you put my feelings into word's....very deep personal feelings that are hard to tell people.'' ---- Captain Darin Unruh, Burn Survivor, Houston Fire Department

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