Touched by Fire
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It's no wonder that, after reading "Touched by Fire," country music legend, George Jones, wrote Frank Griffin to say: "I thoroughly enjoyed the book." It's an amazing American story. In 1954 Johnnie Frank Griffin witnessed the violent death of Alabama's Attorney General-elect Albert Patterson. Six months later he told a grand jury about it. The next day he was stabbed. He died that night in a hospital built on profits from crime. Nine years later Johnnie Frank’s son, Frank Griffin, saw Lee Harvey Oswald fleeing down a Dallas street. Between these two events Frank grew up in one of the strangest decades in American history. His story touches that of Alabama Governor John Patterson. It collides with mob bosses and CIA operations. There’s even room for country music and barroom brawls. This book shows how Frank Griffin’s life is truly "Touched By Fire."
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Aug 13, 2012Touched by Fire is not an ordinary memoir. Refined by fire is probably more apt description of the Franklin Griffin’s life journey. I read the book with curiosity and found it intriguing that one man’s life filled with childhood deprivation, adversity, running against the law, finally serving his country in the marines, and witnessing Lee Harvey Oswald flee the scene of murder of a police officer in Dallas in 1964 an hour after President Kennedy was assassinated. Nine years earlier, Franklin’s father stood as witness to the killing of Alabama Attorney-General elect Albert Patterson by the Phenix mob. The following day, Johnnie Frank Griffin died. Unlike his father, Franklin did not come out with his testimony and kept quiet until he wrote Touched by Fire. In writing the book, Franklin Griffin developed a close friendship with John Patterson, former Alabama governor, whose father’s murder, Johnnie Frank Griffin stood as witness, and probably caused him his life. The historical ties... More > that bind John Patterson and Franklin Griffin cannot be taken away from them. The book is a story of Franklin Griffin, a man shaped by a tortuous past yet came out of it a survivor. Despite the difficult life growing in a dysfunctional family picking up cottons in Alabama in the 1940s, tortuous teen-age years, living in the shadow of the father he never knew, witnessing a historical event during the JFK assassination and keeping it a secret until he wrote this book, Griffin seeks meaning in everything that happened in the past seven decades of his life. I met the author in Spring of 2012 and discovered a down-to earth Southern man with a pure heart. It looks to me that Touched by Fire is a turning point in Griffin’s life. Now that his secrets are told in this book, he invites people to take a peek and perhaps encounter something familiar in their lives. As gold is refined by fire, Franklin Griffin’s life was touched by fire and he came out of it not scorched but purified like the precious metal. Martha Philipps< Less
Jan 18, 2012I really enjoyed this book. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Griffin at his book signing was able to see lots of photos and documents, letters and such that are authentic. I appreciate him for writing this book after all those years and sharing his story. You will enjoy this one as well.
Oct 9, 2011This book is one that you cannot put down but finish reading page after page until the last chapter. It is written in easy convesational style and yet packed with interesting historical facts as told by someone who encountered history as it happened. The story of Frank Griffin is a story of all of us who have to face the demons of the past and come to grips with it. After more than four decdes, the author spilled it all out in his book Touched by Fire as form of catharsis. Like his father, who witnessed the murder of Alabama Attorney-General in 1954, Griffin saw Lee Harvey Oswald flee the scene of the crime that left a Dallas police officer dead in 1963. His father Johnnie Frank stood as witness to the 1954 crime and was stabbed and died. Griffin on the other hand, told no one about what he saw in Dallas until he wrote this book. Touched by Fire is a memoir of a man who faced hardships early in life, growing up picking cottons in the South, haunted by the memory of the father he never... More > knew. His life was a series of misfortunes and calamities but in all of it he emerged a survivor. It is a proof of the resilience of the human spirit but most of all, it is a testimony of the grace of God in the life of Frank Griffin.< Less
Aug 25, 2011A beautiful narrative and a unique story -- a father and a son share the same experience of witnessing a high profile crime ten years apart. His father Johnnie Griffin, was a star witness in the murder of Attorney General-Elect Albert Patterson in Alabama, 1954. He was stabbed after appearing in the Grand Jury and later died in the hospital. This hospital was supported by the mobs. After almost a decade, in 1963, a few minutes after John F Kennedy was assassinated, Frank Griffin saw Lee Harvey Oswald fleeing the crime scene of the murder of police officer J.D Tippit, Fearing for his life, he kept to himself what he saw. Aside from the crime story, the book narrates the life of the author, Franklin Griffin. Although deprived of a functional family and practically lived outside of his home, he grew up to be a good person, a good citizen and even a defender of the country when he joined the Marines. It is interesting to note that he survived the terrible pains of life, abandoned by a... More > bigamist father, and working at a tender age. I really enjoyed reading the book and read it in one sitting. It inculcates in my mind that in God’s grace and time, no matter how hard life is, there is always hope that lies ahead…. there is always hope in our tomorrow.< Less
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- Frank Griffin (Standard Copyright License)
- Second Editions
- April 23, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.74 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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