Napalm Girl’s Fire Road to Hope


Keith and I just returned from Vietnam and Cambodia. Fire Road and Kim Phuc Phan Thi were on my mind the entire trip.

The Anti-American War (the Vietnamese name for the Vietnam War) is ever present there and in the scars of Kim Phuc. Yet, the same spirit that Kim Phuc demonstrates in Fire Road was apparent in the Vietnamese. They say they bear no grudge, “after all, we won.”

The Vietnamese welcome Americans and look to the future robust economy.

Kim welcomes the faith in Jesus that came through her fire road, and she looks to the future of people living a life of peace.

Fire Road adds the “spiritual stepping stones that, unbeknownst to me, were paving a path to get me to God,” (p. vii) that were absent in Denise Chong’s The Girl in the Picture. 

From a carefree childhood to an instant of horror, from being left for dead for three days in the morgue to 17 surgeries and painful treatments, from minders tracking her every move to interruptions in her education, from Vietnam to Cuba, Kim’s journey was a walk through the agony of war, the control of the Communist regime, and the pain of napalm.

Yet, it is much more. Continue reading Napalm Girl’s Fire Road to Hope