Written on April 25, 2022
To celebrate the talented authors in our community and ensure readers have access to a wide range of titles, we have created the Burn Community Bookshelf! All books have been written by burn community authors.
To have your book featured, submit the title, author(s) name, and a high-resolution cover image to email@example.com. We also share several selected titles in each edition of Journey Magazine.
Books are displayed in alphabetic order.
Additional titles will be added soon!
Author: Gayle Fein Petrillo
Throughout her life, Gayle turned obstacles into opportunities. In this book, she shares the obstacles she faced and overcame after suffering a burn injury at the age of three. She hopes others learn from her story and are comforted by her extraordinary path to personal and professional success.
Author: Samuel Moore-Sobel
“Can You See My Scars?” describes his decade-long journey of healing after an accident left him with severe burns to his face just before his sophomore year of high school. Perseverance, support from family, and the ability to find humor in dark situations helped him to survive and thrive.
Author: Barbara Kammerer Quayle
Barbara Kammerer's dream job was being a teacher, impacting the lives of junior high kids so they could soar in life. Her dream became jeopardized after a fiery car crash left her with a severe burn injury. Her trauma began a life-long mission to develop skills to empower burn survivors and anyone with a facial difference to live successfully.
Author: James Partridge
Face It tells the story of James's recovery and the work he has done ever since to support others with physical differences to cope with the isolation and discrimination they so often face. It is also a manifesto for change: for how others who look different can take control of their destinies and how the world can accept, respect, and value people with facial differences without resorting to stereotypes and stigma, despite the psychological, cultural, and social barriers that so often stand in the way.
Author: Kristina Stiles
The Family Oops and Burns First Aid was created to support children and their families learning about burns prevention and first aid principles together. The book describes an accident-prone family who are not burn aware, and who have to go to school to learn about burn safety and first aid within the home.
Author: Lise Deguire
At the age of four, Dr. Lise Deguire suffered third-degree burns on 65% of her body as the result of both maternal and corporate negligence. Against the odds, she lived through the trauma, beginning decades of treatment as a burn survivor. Some chapters of this gripping journey focus on early events, including the story of the fire, her years of painful surgeries in the hospital, social isolation, and bullying. Other chapters focus on her adult life, such as her struggles to find romantic love, being a parent, and her work as a clinical psychologist.
Author: Taylor Campbell
After a softball game, the Campbells were making supper at home. Then it happened—an extraordinary and unfortunate accident. A frantic race to save their child’s life ensued. Family and friends waited and prayed as baby Taylor was whisked away by helicopter. By God’s grace, doctors and nurses saved Taylor’s life—a life made fragile by complications from severe burns covering 64% of her body.
Author: André Xavier and Charlie Anne Xavier
I Almost Lost Her is the story of Charlie’s ongoing healing and André’s acceptance of his own vulnerability. Readers follow the couple’s journey through adversity, the highs and lows, and everything in between. Ultimately, in the face of great suffering, Charlie and André learn to feel fear and pain, then release it so they may remain focused on their new and beautiful life. In their highly-anticipated debut book, André and Charlie remind us that strength, faith, and love are the cornerstones of enduring partnerships—no matter how bleak the circumstance. No matter how difficult the fight.
Author: Audra Bryant
Burned at 18 months old, left disfigured, and refusing to look at herself in the mirror until she was 25 years old as a result, Audra addresses the life of fear she was living. She describes the work it took to fully embrace her physical and emotional scars and breaks down the steps to help empower others.
Author: Mona Krueger
Searching for the whys and working through the grief, Mona takes us on her journey to find hope, coaxing people past the scars and tugging others toward life along the way. Alive with honest perspective and the defiance of despair, this memoir will encourage and inspire.
Author: Autumn Ruch
A poetry book designed to help combat anxiety and depression by noticing the beauty of the present moment. Using my five senses are a way that I was taught to ground myself; the world around is constant and steady even when our emotions don't feel like they are. When I was experiencing a lot of inconsistency as a child, I could find comfort in small things, like the trees blowing in the breeze, the smell of the spring rain, the sound of nearby laughter, the delightful taste of chocolate, or the feel of my dog's cold nose against my skin. My hope is to remind people that we can bring ourselves back to the now with just a shift of focus. Life is filled with these simple daily pleasantries if we just take the time to notice - may your day become a little sweeter after reading these poems.