We all know Veteran’s Day is more than a day off work or school, but a day to ponder the sacrifices made for our freedoms. Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan by Jane Hampton Cook, Jocelyn Green, and John Croushorn allowed me to ponder at a deeper level.
Although America’s been at a state of war for almost ten years, for most of us, life goes on as always, interrupted by occasional reminders. The long lines at airport security. Calls for care packages. Newspaper articles. A friend requesting prayer for her soldier son.
The stories in this book bring the realities of the war on terror to poignant life. Battlefields & Blessings is organized in devotional format, with a short story for each day accompanied by a Scripture verse and prayer, but it can also be read straight through. I was touched by stories of the Army chaplain who “happened” to be at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, of medics fighting to save wounded soldiers, of a mother hearing of her son’s death, of a young woman struggling during her boyfriend’s deployment, and of soldiers in the heat of battle. But most of all I was inspired by God’s presence through all, and how these people turned to the Lord and grew through their experiences. Battlefields & Blessings not only illuminates the fullness of what these brave men and women do for our freedom, but it challenges us to grow in our faith as well. I highly recommend it.
On a purely superficial level, I was also drawn to the design of the book, from its “deckle” page edges with that old-fashioned torn look, to the built-in flaps on the cover. This book feels nice in your hands.
For more information about Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan, please visit http://www.battlefieldsandblessings.com/. One of the authors, Jocelyn Green, also has a wonderful website ministry to support military wives at http://www.faithdeployed.com/.
I have a copy of Battlefields & Blessings to give away! To enter the drawing, please leave a comment and include your email address in the following format: sarah [at] sarahsundin [dot] com. I’ll pick a winner on Friday, Nov. 12.