Local Author Night - Sherrie Johnson ("Near Death by Fire and Ice")

  • Posted on: 31 August 2023
  • By: TanyaMills

Author Photo for Sherrie Johnson          Cover of her book, "Near Death by Fire and Ice"

Why is a three-year-old girl fighting for her life from a near-drowning in a semi-frozen sewer pond? What role does the Wonder Bread delivery person play in her survival? Was it a medical miracle that a turkey baster would be integral to a child’s survival? 

Later, a young man fights for his life in an underground coal mine explosion in Utah. The young coal miner was passed up twice by the mine rescue team as it appeared he was a fatality. Miraculously, the explosions subsided, and a small window of time allowed the rescue team to re-enter the underground mine. At 2000 feet below the surface, the team would find two more survivors and recover the bodies of two young men.

Over time burns can heal. On the other hand, traumatic brain injuries can be mild or can severely impact a person over their lifetime.

This book tells a mother’s journey with her two children that survived, even when doctors asked parents to bring in end-of-life support for both. Sorrow, grief, or guilt cannot be measured. As a parent, I have agonized over the “What ifs.”  How many parents have had feelings of total helplessness, fear, despair, extreme sadness, worry, and despondency while waiting throughout the many hours, days, or weeks by their child’s bedside? Was it Divine intervention, or was it the power of prayer that protected both children?



Sherrie Johnson graduated from the University of Wyoming on the Dean’s List and was an Alpha Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education member. She has retired from her career as an educator and currently lives in Southern Utah. Much of her time is spent outdoors, hiking, biking, reading, and traveling. Although time and distance make it challenging, she spends as much time as she can with her children, Kimberli, and Tyson, along with their spouses and her grandchildren.



Event date: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
94 West Tabernacle Street
St. George, UT 84770-4087