By: Barry Pelphrey
Outskirts Press, Inc., 10940 S. Parker Rd – 515, Parker CO 80134, 978-1432795368, $ 14.95, 2012, 160 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Refined by Fire – Transformation from Brokenness – A Rebuilding Process
Barry Pelphrey, Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Outreach Ministries in Piketon, Ohio describes his spiritual journey, a testimony of brokenness, transformation, and a spiritual growth in “Pure Gold: Tried by Fire,” the companion volume to “Walking through Hale,” Angie Pelphrey’s story.
Successive years of draught without rain forced Barry into filing bankruptcy and downsizing his once successful outdoor and power equipment company. The added concern for his wife Angie, who was now fighting addiction to prescription pain medications relating to her fibromyalgia and a work related injury, along with the responsibility of caring for three children while pastoring a growing church was draining Barry physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
The crushing blow came when Angie was charged with a felony and incarcerated. Barry tells his story of how through brokenness he was transformed into the person God intended him to be. Devotional thoughts from his sermons during this period and thoughts he shared with Angie in personal letters during the ten months of her detention reflect God’s working in rebuilding Barry’s life. These devotional thoughts, messages, and personal observations are inspirational, challenging, and motivating and well-articulated.
“Pure Gold” is written to show how God can take someone religiously insecure through the midst of their brokenness, rebuild, and radically transform them through a relationship with Jesus, give them peace, and increase their ministry.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.