Walking Through the Fire

Walking Through Fire: A Hospital Journal by Laurel LeeA memoir written by a former George Fox faculty member more than 30 years ago gained renewed exposure in a national publication on May 24.

Laurel Lee's Walking Through the Fire: A Hospital Journal, first published in 1977, was one of four books recommended as summer reading by USA Weekend magazine, a publication produced by USA Today that appears in 600 newspapers nationwide. With a circulation of more than 23 million, it is estimated about 49 million readers receive the magazine each weekend.

Lee's book, later made into a TV movie in 1979, is the firsthand account of the author's real-life drama that began when, at age 29 in 1975, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and told she was going to die. Her husband, unable to cope, left her and three little children to fend for themselves.

Lee kept a journal about her experiences, and that journal, sent to publishers by her doctors, became the best-selling book and CBS movie Walking Through The Fire. Contrary to her prognosis, Lee didn't die young but went on worldwide travels and, from 1990 to 1998, worked as a writing professor at George Fox. She eventually succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2004 at age 58.