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by Frank B. McCluskey

They can walk through fire. They would sacrifice their own lives to save yours.In the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Thoughts on Fire is a meditation on how to live a life that matters. Drawing on his dual life as a philosophy professor and firefighter, "Dr. Frank" begins a journey not just into the fire, but inside himself. The lessons of this voyage are not just about axes and hoses but hope, forgiveness and love."As a professor and a firefighter, Dr. McCluskey shifts gears easily between the metaphysical and the macho, pontificating in a pin striped suit by day and plunging into a smoky, flaming house by night." -The New York Times"It is a book that you will want to read again and again. It is a remarkable story that you will want to share with those you love." -Dr. Robert Schachat, author of The Seven Conditions of Trust"Thoughts on Fire is a book that is at once entertaining and enlightening" -Dr. John Briggs, author of The Seven Life Lessons of Chaos
Download Thoughts on Fire: Life Lessons of a Volunteer Firefighter epub
ISBN: 0595297234
ISBN13: 978-0595297238
Category: Religion
Subcategory: New Age & Spirituality
Author: Frank B. McCluskey
Language: English
Publisher: iUniverse (January 4, 2004)
Pages: 210 pages
ePUB size: 1530 kb
FB2 size: 1850 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 220
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I completely enjoyed reading this book. The author does an excellent job of writing about real events and what he learned from each one. As a fellow firefighter, I have to say that I've been through a lot of the same experiences and have come to some of the same conclusions. You may find some of the philosophical discussions distracting, but they are presented well and are integral to the book. I would recommend this book for any firefighter or firefighter family!
"Thoughts On Fire" is a very unique book that tells about a lot more than fire fighting. It is a book about life, filled with wisdom and inspriring thoughts that anyone can benefit from. Unlike many inspirational or "Spiritual" books about life, this book makes the great teachings REAL by communicating these teachings through real-life events and circumstances. I have read many books of this type; and "Thoughts On Fire" has touched my heart, moved my soul, and challenged my thinking and outlook on life more than anything I've found. This book is a MUST READ for anyone who is willing to look at things differently and gain the priceless benefits of a new outlook on life.
In my opinion, this book sets the bar for what volunteer firefighters deal with . you get the true feelings of being in small town USA..
This is a good book on Volunteer Firefighters. My husband chuckled everytime he read an anecdote that reminded him of his volunteer fire department over the last 25 years.
From the new fire fighter in the house to a season pro this book is a great read for all.
A moving and thought provoking book
Most of the time, when you see "Doctor" appended to a firefighter's name, you assume that he took his EMT certification all the way through to an actual medical practice. Doc McCluskey, however, is a Doctor of Philosophy, and presents a unique perspective on the experiences of a volunteer firefighter. From his early attempts simply to fit in and not be discovered as an academic among working men, through to the twilight of his active career as a department officer, his tales of his experiences are well told, and present learning situations of all sorts. Some people may have to get past his philosophical analysis of some situations, but I found that he had a great ability to set up a story, with details when they mattered, and vagaries when they didn't. I especially appreciated the colorful cast of characters that he recalled with fondness and detail, while admitting in the prologue that he left out many more in the interest of simplicity. I am currently a rookie volunteer, and found his early insights especially valuable (and eerily similar to some of my own); I look forward to re-reading this book in a few years and seeing how much more I can learn from him then.
I would highly recommend Dr. McCluskey's book "Thoughts on Fire". Through his compelling stories and sincerity, Dr. Frank opens the door to a secret world of intrigue, smoke filled rooms and others in need. Through his many years as a volunteer Firefighter and Professor of Philosophy, he's able to show the insight of the common firefighter thorough philosophical means. His poignancy and descriptive accounts are the same as those found in every fire house across America. Through his abilities, he puts into words feelings and emotions that most are unable to describe. He enlightens his readers through his education and consumes them through his desires.
Dr. Frank is a talented writer and has passion for others in his community. Through his involvement with his local volunteer Fire Department he shares the story of his life. A touching portrayal of both the good and the bad encountered on and off the scene. His story turns a community of ordinary men and women into a story of extraordinary heroes.
"Thoughts on Fire" should be required reading material for any and all Volunteer Fire Departments across the nation and a great read for anyone searching for inner peace and a heart felt motivational story.