|RECOVERING FROM A DEVASTATING HOUSE FIRE
A NEW BOOK OFFERS CANDID LOOK AT STRUGGLES OF STARTING A NEW LIFE
Lafayette, Colorado - Every year, fire departments in the United States respond to thousands of house fires. Citizens around the country lose a lifetime of possessions, and in some cases, beloved family members. Irmelin Shively is one of these victims. Her new book, Born Of Fire (now available through AuthorHouse), describes the painful ordeal of losing everything and the struggle to receive just compensation from insurance companies.
Shortly after coming home to a house that was smoldering and realizing the shocking damage, the author started a journal. The book chronicles her life in the period after the devastating blaze at her Colorado home, from the profound sadness of losing her pet birds and cat to the designing and construction of a new, concrete house.
An artist with a home studio, Shively lost her life's work, supplies and vital office equipment. A home she and her husband had lived in and improved for 25 years was gone in a matter of minutes. Through her heartfelt writing, readers grasp the pain and disbelief that comes with such a powerful house fire. They walk with Shively as she and her husband deal with insurance companies and the plumbing business whose employee started the blaze. Other life events, such as her mother's debilitating bout with West Nile Virus and her friend's mother's loss from hurricanes Jeanne and Frances, intensified the already cumbersome process of fighting for a new life.
The book also stresses the need for preparedness, and Shively gives readers invaluable firsthand advice for ensuring recovery efforts go as smoothly as possible.
An emotionally charged and educational book, Born Of Fire is a true story of both personal tragedy and inspirational triumph.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Shively evacuated to Munich, Germany, with her mother during World War ll and eventually moved to the United States. After attending hight school in America, she earned a graphic arts degree from an art school in Munich. Shively's pen-and-ink works have been favorably received by art buyers, and she has frequently taught art to adults and children. She helped create the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission, started the Lafayette Art Center, as well as developed her own business, Mountain Studios.
Copyright 2006 by Irmelin Shively. Published by Mountain Studios. Web Site by Irmelin.
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