Angels in the Fire reads like a fascinating fictional suspense, however the Stadler’s story isn’t fiction according to police, firemen and other eyewitness accounts. It’s a tale of miraculous intervention after a drunk driver hit their car head on traveling at 75 miles per hour. By the time police and firemen pulled Dann from the burning wreckage there wasn’t time to reach his trapped wife, Tracey.
At that moment “…a silent lone figure” walked from the nearby woods, according to witnesses. Bystanders said the figure, “…his face aglow…” reached into the burning car, lifted the terrified woman from the wreckage and placed her alongside the road. That’s where Tracey’s story begins.
The couple was on vacation in Florida to visit Tracey’s family with their nine-month-old daughter, Meghan. They also planned to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary with Tracey’s twin brother Tommy and his girlfriend. The future looked bright for these twenty-seven-year-old college graduates. They both had landed well-paying post-graduate jobs and recently signed papers on a new home. And the future was bright until a drunk driver turned south onto the northbound Florida freeway they traveled.
Dan has no memory of the impact, only his warning to Tracey when she said she was undoing her seat belt, “…it’s more uncomfortable lying in a hospital bed because you didn’t have your seat belt on.” He couldn’t know how prophetic his words would be.
Tracey, on the other hand, retains vivid memories of being trapped after the impact, of the angel who rescued her and where she went, but has no memory of the crash itself. Only her recall of the intense pain when she opened her eyes and saw “…everything below her waist was crushed…” the car’s engine and dash crumpled against her legs. When she saw rescuers pull Dann through the driver’s side window, her silent prayer, “please, God don’t let me burn.”
That’s when the “lone figure” Tracey would later identify as an Angel appeared. Her memory of meeting Jesus, the “…freedom, the joy…the all-encompassing peace…” still brings tears. She also remembers that Christ healed her face and neck burns, otherwise she couldn’t have survived the severe burns and trauma. And the angel’s final words after he pulled her from the wreckage, “…everything is going to be all right.”
The inspirational testimony of the couple’s years-long recovery from agonizing burn treatments, orthopedic surgeries to repair broken bones and learning to walk again inspires faith and trust in a merciful God. Their ability to forgive the drunk driver who died on impact is an extension of God’s grace in them, as was Tracey’s ability to bear children after her pelvis was crushed.
Tracey’s near death experience, her “…life changing vision of God’s supernatural power…” and their long road to recovery is documented at Dann’s Saturday’s Promise blog: www.saturdayspromise.com/?page_id=261
Besides a suspenseful read, the story of “two lives forever changed” is for anyone who struggles with debilitating circumstances, especially those who doubt miracles still happen today.
‘Angels in the Fire: The Dramatic True Story of an Impossible Rescue’ by Dann Stadler, Bethany House, July 1, 2013, 208 Pages, 978-0764211140, $14.99
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‘Angels in the Fire: The Dramatic True Story of an Impossible Rescue’ by Dann Stadler,
From the Back Cover:
ONE HORRIFIC CRASH.
ONE IMPOSSIBLE RESCUE.
TWO LIVES FOREVER CHANGED.
There was no way Dann and Tracey Stadler could avoid the drunk driver speeding toward them. Moments later, with Tracey trapped in their burning car; a lone figure walked out of the nearby woods and saved her from certain death. Seconds later, he was gone. But the disappearance of this stranger was not the end of God’s tangible intervention in their lives.
As the Stadlers struggled through grueling recoveries and heartbreaking setbacks–even years after that fateful crash–the miracles and divine encounters continued. For the first time, the Stadlers share these incredible moments, offering an inspiring testimony to anyone enduring heartache and loss.
If you are facing hard times–if you need assurance that God still ministers through His angels today–let this true story provide the hope and encouragement you need.
About the Author:
Dann Stadler is an energetic speaker, author, father, husband, and tireless advocate for Christ. Creator and author of the popular website saturdayspromise.com, he encourages readers to live in Saturday’s Promise, where the sins of our past are being vanquished by the promise of his resurrection tomorrow. He and his family live in Jackson, Wisconsin. Learn more at: www.saturdayspromise.com
‘Taylor’s Gift: A Courageous Story of Giving Life and Renewing Hope’ by Todd Storch
In March 2010, thirteen-year-old Taylor Storch’s life was tragically cut short by a skiing accident. With only a few minutes to consider their options, her grieving family made the life-changing decision to donate her organs. Knowing Taylor’s caring spirit, they were sure this was what she would have wanted. Over the course of the next two years, Tara and Todd Storch connected with four of the five people who now live because of Taylor’s gift. And through these encounters, the Storches have discovered unexpected blessings that are changing countless lives.
Now Tara and Todd share their inspiring story, shining a light at the end of the tunnel for those enduring the suffering of losing a loved one. Through the stories of the donor recipients, readers will discover hope in the midst of pain. Honest with their struggles, the Storches show readers that life is a gift and our response to grief is a choice.
They also speak with a clear voice about the importance and the blessing of being an organ donor, telling the inspiring story of the creation of Taylor’s Gift Foundation and its goals to raise awareness of the need for organ donation, to re-gift life, renew health, and restore families. They are changing the conversation around the globe that organ donation is not about death–it’s about life! Foreword by Max Lucado.
‘A Walk Through the Dark: How My Husband’s 90 Minutes in Heaven Deepened My Faith for a Lifetime’ by Eva L. Piper, Cecil Murphey w/Foreword by Don Piper
One day Eva Piper was an elementary school teacher, the mother of three, and the beloved wife of a strong, protective husband.
The next day she stood at the bedside of a broken man who could do nothing but moan in agony and turn his head away from her.
Later she would learn that he had died and actually experienced heaven before being prayed back to life—a true miracle. Don Piper’s testimony, told in the New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven, would one day bring hope to thousands. But all that was in the future. Despite family and friends who kept vigil with her, Eva Piper found herself essentially alone. Walking in the dark. And she had always hated the dark.
Though account parallels that of her husband, Eva Piper’s version is quite different from his. It takes readers not to heavenly places but through a very earthly maze of hospital corridors, insurance forms, tiring commutes from home to workplace and hospital, and lonely hours of waiting and worrying. This is the story of a woman learning, step by darkened step, to go places she never thought she could go and growing into a person she never thought she could be. Packed with hard-earned wisdom about what it means to be a caregiver, to open yourself to the care of others, and to rest in God’s provision, this book provides a dependable source of light to help you walk through the dark.
‘Limitless: Devotions for a Ridiculously Good Life’ by Nick Vujicic
From limbless to limitless – anything is possible with God!
Nick Vujicic knows there is no greater hope than trusting in God’s plan for your life. Born without arms or legs, Nick has experienced both the peak of hope and the depth of despair. But he has overcome his circumstances and physical limitations by clinging to his faith and understanding the limitless love and power God has for every person.
Now he wants you to experience that same reassurance of hope and the power of God, every day. In these fifty inspirational devotions, Nick shares his most compelling, hard-earned wisdom to help you face obstacles with confidence and courage and point you toward God. Whether you struggle with faith, relationships, career challenges, anger, health concerns, self-esteem, finding balance, or doubt in your dreams, Nick’s biblical encouragement and positive attitude will transform your life and show you that you can be limitless because God is limitless.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
‘Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story’ by Ken Tada, Joni Eareckson Tada & Larry Libby
This is the true love story of Joni and her husband of 30 years, Ken Tada. A love story showing what it truly means for a man and a woman to live in love … in sickness and in health. Even the honeymoon wasn’t easy.
Did Ken realize what he was getting into when he proposed to Joni, a quadriplegic woman? As their marriage years moved on, Ken became increasingly overwhelmed by the never-ceasing demands of caring for Joni, who begins to experience chronic, extreme, nightmarish pain.
Ken sinks into depression, and the couple finds themselves on parallel tracks in life, married and living under the same roof but drifting apart emotionally. But as they fight for their marriage and find their way through the mazes of depression and pain, they wrap their two lives around their rock—Jesus.
During Ken’s denial of Joni’s diagnosis, and Joni’s thoughts of how wonderful a quick exit to heaven would be they experience a personal visitation with the savior you will never forget.
‘Miracles Are for Real: What Happens When Heaven Touches Earth’ by James L. Garlow & Keith Wall
From the Back Cover:
Is God Still Doing Miracles Today? Absolutely!
These real-life, credible stories of miraculous experiences, gathered by the authors of Miracles Are for Real, reveal that God is still very active in the world. Each gripping story is sure to encourage and inspire, offering hope and a sense of wonder.
• When Steve rolled his car, he should have been killed. Why didn’t he die that day?
• Caleb and Penny moved to a poor part of town to serve their community. But when one group of neighbors makes and sells drugs, will God’s angels protect them?
• Bob’s MS was getting progressively worse. Could God heal such a debilitating disease?
Whether you’ve experienced God’s miracles or aren’t sure if you believe in them, explore fascinating true stories like these and many more. You’ll be in awe of God’s power as you get a glimpse of how he personally cares for each of his children–including you.
Dr. Jim Garlow is senior pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego, chairman of Renewing American Leadership, a nationwide speaker, and an author. He has appeared on CNN, FOX, NBC, and other media outlets. The Garlow Perspective commentary is heard on over 800 radio outlets. He has master’s degrees from Princeton and Asbury seminaries and a PhD from Drew University. For more information, visit www.jimgarlow.com
Keith Wall, a twenty-five-year publishing veteran, has been an award-winning magazine editor, radio scriptwriter, and online columnist. He currently writes full time in collaboration with several bestselling authors. He and his family live in Colorado Springs.