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Tear in the Desert

5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0615195780
ISBN-10: 0615195784
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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ron Moses Camarda (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615195784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615195780
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Weber on August 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Father Ron draws you in and leaves you hanging on every word. He has a way of making you feel like you are there with him...so close you can almost touch those that he cared for. In the midst of what some could consider "hell on earth", Father Ron still had the ability to say at the end of every day, "God is good...all the time." This book is not about religion or about the war. It is about what it means to be human and we are so deeply affected by what happens around us. Father Ron was not just a Chaplain, he was the last person to touch 81 brave men as they left this world and into the hands of God. He was the one who many injured looked to for reassurance that everything was going to be ok. He was all they had in their final hour...what a blessing. I couldn't put the book down. I read it in one sitting and crave to hear more.
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Father Ron's book is destined to bring souls to God! It is a powerful testimony to the heart of a priest who sees death as a spiritual calling. He brings Jesus to the moment when we must walk on sacred ground and face the loss of a loved one in this world.The war in Iraq presents such a stark background to the holiness of Father's work. The faces and stories I will remember always.
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Tear in the Desert by Father Ron Moses Camarda is an astonishing journey that beckons one to explore all the dimensions of the human spirit in a most unlikely, yet timely place, Iraq. You will experience the laughter, horror, joy, bewilderment, pain, and tears of his journey and that of his brothers and sisters on the battlefield. Death and life are presented as both strong and fragile.

Padre Camarda shares with us the strength of his faith and the humanity of his emotions as he allows us to glimpse the true miracle of life in a dying soldier's single tear. This is a book about our own journey, insecurities, love, pain. and redemption.
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This review was sent to me by my friend Mark Woods:

I wasn't sure how people would react when they opened the newspaper on Christmas morning in 2005. The story I had written filled the front page of the Florida Times-Union. And it wasn't your typical warm-and-fuzzy holiday tale. It was set in Fallujah, not Bedford Falls. It was the story of Ron Camarda, a Catholic priest from Jacksonville who had spent the previous Christmas as a Navy reservist chaplain in Iraq. He kept a journal with the names of troops he ministered to. The list grew to about 2,000. Eighty-one with crosses next to them, representing those who died.

This front page had a photo of the journal cupped in the priest's hands, open to a page of names. The headline said, "The Best Christmas Ever."

The reaction was overwhelming. I kept telling people that any praise should go to Father Ron, that it was his story, that I just tried not to mess it up while re-telling it. Several people said he should write a book. And he did.

It's hard to find a different way of looking at war and Iraq. But Father Ron did. In many ways, his perspective unfolds in reverse. It begins with death, with him being there for the last breaths of lives, with him often knowing little more about the person in front of him than maybe a name, rank or detail on a tattoo. It is after their deaths that he learns about their lives, their loved ones -- and their lasting effect on him. The result is a powerful story about war, faith, love and "the best Christmas ever."

Mark Woods
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Father Ron Moses Camarda bares his soul in this account of his experience with the Marines during the battle for Fallujah. Having met Father Ron before his deployment with the Marines and then after he returned and wrote his memoirs of his Iraq experience, I can attest to what he said about himself in the book's introduction, i.e., that he was transformed by that experience. Father Ron hides nothing. He shares his inner most thoughts that sometimes leave you transfixed as you silently ponder, sometimes teary eyed, what you just read. This book is a must read.
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Fr. Ron Camarda’s exquisite journal, Tear in the Desert, is a soul-filled journey, sure to touch the hearts of all whether one has much or little knowledge about military life.

Fr. Ron Moses Camarda is a US Navy chaplain who spent time in Iraq. During that time he had both peak experiences of God’s mercy and love as well as periods of absolute pain and sorrow as he ministered to the soldiers and interfaced with families. These interactions with so many of the fallen soldiers and their families are related with much tenderness and love, making us aware once again of the pain and sorrow of mother and fathers, wives and children, and family members who sacrificed so much during the Iraq War.

Fr. Ron is a poet as well as a priest: he intersperses his writings with his feeling, prayers, hopes, anxieties, and fears, making all of us aware that even a priest has these very basic human emotions which are so much a part of who we are as human beings. His prayers are so real; honest conversations with God about everything and every emotion that is going on during his time both before, during, and after his service. He freely expresses his love of God and humanity without reserve or concern for conventional thinking. His language is both gut wrenching and base as well as lofty and lyrical.

It is no wonder that Fr. Ron received the Silver Medal Award from the Military Writers Society of America for this sensitive book. He holds nothing back! Like Fr. Ron, who relates that “I had always feared the Middle East,” I sometimes found that it was difficult to read his writings as the emotion was so raw and real.
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