The Burning Within 

The Burning Within

By RaNelle Wallace with Curtis Taylor

On October 9, 1985, RaNelle and Terry Wallace tried to fly their single-engine airplane through a snowstorm in central Utah.  They became disoriented and crashed against the side of a mountain,turning their small craft into a raging inferno. Terry emerged almost unscathed, but RaNelle suffered severe burns and died six hours later in an ambulance.  What happened to her then has captured the hearts of thousands who have heard of her incredible journey beyond this life.

The hardcover sleeve states that The Burning Within is a gripping view of the tenacity and majesty of the human spirit. 


After reading this book I can confidently say that it is so much more than that.

Rarely has it ever been so easy to see the hand of God.  The words in this book will cause a stirring in your spirit.  

The explanation of our relationship with God, our presence in heaven and on earth, and the relationship between our flesh selves and our spirits reads as perfect fact.  

“Our ability to accept truth, to live by it, governs our progress in the spirit, and it determines the degree of light we possess.  Pg 98

“It is within the simple principles of the gospel that the mysteries of heaven are found.” Pg 105

While the author’s personal journey and struggle to recover and heal from her wounds is an important story with great lessons for all of us, the spiritual experience of dying and seeing heaven is riveting.

“I understood every reason for everything I did in my life.  And I also understood the impact I had on others.”  Pg 91

“I saw that we all stood before our Father before coming to earth, brothers and sisters in eternity.  I experienced this anew, just as I had experienced it in my own pre-mortal life.  I saw that we chose to come here, to face trials and to gain experiences of this earth.  I saw that we elected to follow a Savior who would redeem us from the sins of our mortal lives and bring us back to our Father.  I felt love and joy sweep over me again as we accepted Jesus Christ as that Savior.” Pg 106

There is so much to be learned from this book.

Expect an impact on your personal spiritual growth.  

Soak it in and share it with others.  

~ Kim Weingart 

Living Greatly 

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 ESV

Theodore Roosevelt’s quote from 1910, really impacted me this week. I have reflected on what in means to be in the arena, in my own life, and those around me. I wonder how many people will live their lives [outside of the arena] watching and secretly wishing that they knew how to master the skill of the person inside. I entertained thoughts on what it would be like if we all found a place of surrender, experiencing the courageous vulnerability that we often critique. I couldn’t help but to wonder if our voices and actions will continue to show the discontent that sits within our heart?…Only because it seems more comfortable acting out, rather than looking within to find out why it is there.

It takes gathering and taking in information to cultivate the deepest places within, even the ones still waiting to be discovered. It’s about stepping out of what is familiar, while all the time knowing that we will still fall. Yet, at the same time, holding onto confidence and understanding that no matter what the end result will be, we will get up, dust off, and try again. 

People who dare greatly have learned who they are, not by succumbing to their past mistakes, or even the ones that will come. Daring greatly means living without labels or being defined by what seems to be the “norm.” It is about stretching beyond our own beliefs and understanding that there will always be room for growth in our self and in the way we perceive others. 

To be in the arena means that we have accepted that we will continue to experience pain, even if we master the skills needed. 

And… greatly……means we won’t live in fear which paralyzes us from the next experience, or lesson that might take us a little further. Many of us live in the arena. We have fallen and we continue to get back up. We have failed, but refuse to allow the pain, from our failures, to define our identity. 

We are confident in who we are because we know a God who doesn’t critique us by the standards of the world. We choose to live in vulnerability because that it is what was demonstrated to us each day that Jesus lived here on this earth. 

We live in the arena because we know that we were created for more. And because we have the opportunity to be alluminated (by the example given from Christ) to all of those around us.

Let us all examine our hearts and allow the Lord to teach us how to be stretched where blindness stunts growth. May we all step into the arena, with confidence and expectation mirroring the greatness that was given by a man who calls us his own, Jesus.

May you be blessed in this day.

~Baring His Beauty

  Tiffany Thomas