Through the Refiner’s Fire
Stories of a Heart Growing Up in the South
About the Book
Through the Refiner’s Fire is a collection of stories that reflect the author’s life growing up in the South in a rural community. It was a wonderful and simple time of life that brought joy and amazement to her as a young child.
This book also reflects her journey through various significant relationships she has had over the years. It is her desire that as you read this book, you will find encouragement and even some joy because of her words. Also, the stories can help you reflect on some of your own positive stories you have had in your journey.
About the Author
Jane Coleman was born in Tampa, Florida, in 1955. She was constantly in love with anything that had four legs and fur. As far as she was concerned, the whole world should be that way! As a child, she played in the orange groves near her family’s home, chasing butterflies and enjoying all the wonders she found there.
As she grew, she began to tell stories about the creatures and people who lived nearby. The people she loved to write about most were her family. Her first family was her mommy, daddy, and her brother Hart. Then there was Auntie and Uncle Tom, her husband, along with their dog butch. Finally, was Ma—her grandmother. You will read about her in some of the stories found inside this book.
While Jane still sometimes wishes she could reach back into her past to see them all again, she does have the sweet memories to savor until they are called together again.
She also gives a big thank you to her husband Charlie who was a great encourager, her friend Tom Edwards, who encouraged and supported her throughout the project and to Hope Edwards for her wonderful illustrations. Without them and a few others, this book would not have been possible.