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Faith Under Fire: An Army Chaplain's Memoir Paperback – March 2, 2010
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—H. R. McMaster, 71st Colonel, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and author of Dereliction of Duty
“Faith Under Fire is a highly significant book. I gained more knowledge about the Army chaplaincy while reading it than I had in all my forty years of experience. This is an emotional and challenging book that will grab readers and pull them into Roger’s fight for faith and intellectual honesty.”
—Richard Dayringer, Th.D., chaplain supervisor and author of six books, including The Heart of Pastoral Counseling
From the Hardcover edition.
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I first became aware of Faith Under Fire when I read Rebekah Benimoff's Redbook article which was e-mailed to myself and other chaplain's wives before our husbands deployed. That article helped me to realize the need to not only pray for physical safety for our military, but also their mental stability and health for the things they might possibly face and experience which could potentially result in PTSD.
I recently bought Faith Under Fire to read the rest of the story. Now I wish I could convince everyone to read this book, both military and non-military. Why?
As a military wife I appreciate the book because I gained insight into a high-speed, intense deployment which in turn helped me to better understand what my husband and others might possibly be facing. It is helping me to prepare for his return, and if he returns changed, I now have a framework to understand why and a framework for the healing process.
As an advocate for military family support, I wish everyone would be challenged to read this book. It is an easy read, and it gives such a good perspective on the challenges of deployment and the challenges of the military family. Our society has to be prepared for the after affects of all the deployments our military are facing. Are our churches and communities going to be there for us? Reading this book would certainly be a good start to understanding the military community and a stepping point for great opportunities to support the military community.Read more ›
For those that have no affiliation with the military - this book gives an outstanding view of the true dedication and sacrafices that are made to give you the freedom to sit back and read it.
Very highly recommend. It is an easy to follow, easy to read book that makes me proud of what our American soldiers and their families are willing to do to ensure our freedoms.
Roger Benimoff has written a written a raw and frank account of his two tours of combat with infantry units in Iraq's Sunni Triangle during 2003 and 2005. Benimoff, now a chaplain at Methodist Hospitals in Dallas, recounts his tours of duty and the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he suffered upon returning from his second deployment.
Faith Under Fire is an eye-opening peek into the world of a combat chaplain, where a typical day might include leading morning devotions, running "outside the wire" with Stryker unit, dodging bullets under fire, administering last rights to a dying soldier, and leading a "critical incident stress debrief" of surviving, often guilt-ridden soldiers. Multiply this times a twelve- or fifteen-month deployment where the chaplain- to- soldier ratio is 1:1000 and you gain a full appreciation for the Herculean task involved.
Benimoff's most striking revelation is the near-loss of his faith as a result of his wartime experiences and PTSD. After withdrawing from his wife and two young children and going through the motions as an Army chaplain, Benimoff finally agreed to enter a V.A.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave great insight to our soldier's experience, as well as plights of our non-combatant soldiersPublished 10 months ago by Barbara Joustra
Chaplain Benimoff's retelling of his two experiences in a war zone and then troubled life back home, stateside, were very eye-opening and interesting to read - especially dealing... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Former Soldier
Not knowing what to expect I was surprised (pleasantly) how open and honest Padre Benimoff was in this memoir. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Phil Luton
I gave a 5, cause I really enjoyed learning more about having compassion and mercy to those who protect me. I recommend this book to leaders and others wanting to care more.Published on May 12, 2014 by B. Sigmon
I have a hard time finishing books, but this one was well written and compelling. I've actually started reading it a second time.Published on December 23, 2013 by Michael Ramsey
This is a truly remarkable account of one military chaplain's experience of war and of its effects on the human psyche. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by Archangel
This true story is truly amazing and told with honesty and integrity by Chaplain Benimoff. As I prepare to become a civilian chaplain intern at a VA Medical Center, I am being... Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by E.D.Auten Chaplain