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Death Must Bow the Knee by Virginia Vasser


A mother’s heart-wrenching story of her 18- year-old son’s struggle between life and death following his electrocution on a power pole during a random outing. This is an intimate look into those first few agonizing days, and the months of bitter uncertainty that followed, not knowing if her son would live or die, after suffering third and fourth-degree burns on more than 70% of his body. The skilled physicians at the Maricopa County Burn Unit in Phoenix, Arizona all said he should have died. Statistics were against his struggle for life. Yet, this story captured in a mother’s journal yields proof that God answers prayer, and that God is what He says He is: The great Physician, the Healer, the Miracle worker. 

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Death Must Bow the Knee, by Virginia Vasser, is a book of intense sadness, pain, mercy and grace, but mostly a book of MIRACLES. Not just one, but multiple mind-boggling, and sometimes unbelievable, MIRACLES!!! God’s hand is all over this true story.

On a hot midsummer, June day in 1980, Sam Vasser left home upset. Before the day was over, his life would be irrevocably changed forever.

Vasser kept a journal of all that happened from that fateful evening when 18-year-old Sam was electrocuted on a power pole, suffering 3rd and 4th-degree burns over 70% of his body, until his release from the hospital months later.  Vasser chronicled the doctors and nurses telling her Sam would not, could not, live, and her and her family’s assertion that only God had the power over life and death. She told how the nurses and doctors tried to get her to “face reality” and how the medical staff became frustrated, and perhaps even a little angry when she would not listen to them.

An inspirational story of how God can and will answer prayers, Death Must Bow the Knee is a short story, only 128 pages long. However, you will feel as if you are right there every step of the way through the months of treatment and recovery. Tears will roll down your face as you read and absorb the message: God IS The Great Healer and The Great Physician.

I received Death Must Bow the Knee from the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Philippians 2:10-11 King James Version (KJV)

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

About The Author

Virginia resides in Surprise, Arizona with her husband, Rosco, with whom she recently celebrated 59 years of marriage. She is the mother of five adult children, including Sam. Her growing family includes six grandsons, six great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter. When not writing, Virginia enjoys yard work, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family.

Thursday Throwback: We Be Big: The Mostly True Story of How Two Kids from Calhoun County, Alabama, Became Rick and Bubba

Intro from We Be Big: The Mostly True Story of How Two Kids from Calhoun County, Alabama, Became Rick and Bubba (with the assistance of best-selling and award-winning author Don Keith).  Rick and Bubba are two HIGHLY unlikely radio broadcasters telling everyone about their lives, families, and friends and not cutting anyone any slack. One of their overriding themes is “if it happened, we tell it”.  Both the good and the bad giving everyone a glimpse of their lives at its most real, even when the telling is painful.

My Thoughts

I have been somewhat aware of Rick and Bubba since moving to Alabama so I knew a small part of their history but since I only listen to the radio when driving and I don’t have television the book, We Be Big, fills in some of the blanks.

We Be Big, taken from their 800 number, is written with alternating chapters from first Rick and then Bubba’s perspective.

The story starts with their younger days and their fascination with walkie-talkies and radios.

Rick discovered at a young age that he loved being in the limelight in any way that was available to him. He states it wasn’t from lack of love though, just his own insatiable desire to be “on stage” and number one in all his endeavors.

Bill “Bubba” was more fascinated with the makings and mechanical aspect of things and continued in this field until he became co-DJ with Rick.

Throughout the book, they both tell of how they were led through every experience of their lives to become who they are now.

Rick and Bubba don’t cut any slack when telling how their faith in God and God’s divine guidance brought them to where they are, many times in unknown and mysterious ways until they looked back at all that happened and could see His hand leading them.
They both have a deep and abiding faith in God and even after having experienced unbelievable loss, their faith carries them through each day.

They both unabashedly give God the thanks for bringing them to where they are.
The book isn’t a religious book, however. It’s a fun, though realistic and sometimes gritty look at their lives from childhood to now.

Be prepared to take the time to read We Be Big at one sitting because once you start, the frequent laughter and occasional tears will keep you reading to the end.

I really enjoyed this book on many levels and would recommend it for anyone wanting to read a refreshingly honest and open book, especially if you are familiar with Rick and Bubba.

I was given this book by Blogging for Books from Thomas Nelson Publishers. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

May 2, 2011