The wait is over. Dave Roever not only shares his life journey, but he also tells of his hardest day with raw honesty.
On a windy, overcast winter day in early January 2022, I arrived at DFW airport, then drove to my home outside Fort Worth, Texas. Turning onto the rural two-lane black-top road, I soon reached the asphalt drive leading to my house. The gravel crunched under the tires as I slowly stopped the car by the roadside mailbox. Looking at the treelined driveway, I fondly remembered when the four large pine trees growing on the right were tiny seedlings.
We planted them when the house was first built five decades earlier. Having gathered the mail, I continued on and parked by the front door. Inside my familiar home, I was met by a profound and unfamiliar silence as I carried my overnight bag inside. After unpacking, I built a fire in the den fireplace. Heavily collapsing into my comfortable
leather recliner, I breathed a deep sigh of relief and thought, “It’s so good to be home.”
Gratitude flooded me as I reflected on how God had sent me into His Kingdom for so many years but always brought me back to this perfect safe haven with my loving wife, Brenda. Suddenly I sat up as the reality that she was no longer with me broke my heart one more time.
It was difficult to accept that she had passed away the year before in February. Choking up, I covered my face with both hands and sobbed uncontrollably. Grief-stricken, a deep weariness settled over my body. Her unexpected death from Covid-19 and my constant, unrelenting travel schedule since then were taking a severe physical toll on me.
Dave Roever has spoken during church services, school assemblies, and military gatherings for over fifty years to encourage others to triumph over unexpected, profound trauma. In this legacy book, he transparently reveals the life behind the scenes as he and his wife, Brenda, lived for the mission God had given them while they raised their children and traveled the world.
Dave’s tremendous resiliency brought him through the unimaginable challenges he faced after being critically wounded while serving in Vietnam. Every ounce of that courage was called upon when COVID-19 invaded his home and attacked his wife. His journey through that last chapter with her offers hope to others who have dealt with the sudden loss of a loved one.
Forged In Fire = “Strength through adversity. The strongest steel is forged by the hottest fires. It is pounded and struck repeatedly… The fire gives it power and flexibility, and the blows give it strength. Those two things make it able to withstand every battle…”
- Sherrilyn Kenyon