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Faith Of The American Soldier Paperback – April 19, 2006
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Stephen Mansfield is a best-selling author, speaker, former pastor, and the director of a research and publishing firm. In addition to The Faith of George W. Bush, a New York Times–best seller, Mansfield has written numerous books on history and leadership, including Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill and Then Darkness Fled: The Liberating Wisdom of Booker T. Washington. His Web site is www.mansfieldgroup.com
The expression "There are no atheists in foxholes" appears to be true, according to military historians. Nonetheless, the warriors in the latest conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan appear to be among the most religious in any American war since the Civil War. Stephen Mansfield portrays this latest generation in battle, using specific people to demonstrate his concepts. Phil Gigante is solid as the narrator, offering an appropriate military crispness to his reading without sounding affected. However, the decision to include complete footnotes after each quotation seriously detracts from the flow of the narrative. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I was moved by the stories contained within this very well-written book and by its call to raise the banner high in all of our lives.
I join in recommending this investigative, well written and documented study of the faith, the disciplined faith, of those who live for the freedoms of others.
While the author tries to maintain religious neutrality in dealing with religion, such attempts are always incomplete and so often unsatisfying.
The latest "Millenial" generation of warfighters, as Mansfield calls them, as with every generation, are trying to make sense of God and to be right with God as they face death on the battlefield.
This presents a problem. As important as it is to embolden onself to get onto the battlefields, there are serious limits to a personal faith, no matter how sincere: a personal faith that one assembles from a variety of beliefs, as the author narrated in his account of various soldiers' faiths.
Warfighters can fight and win without faith, and many do.
But the real battle and the real victory is when a soldier dies.
The faith that got him into the fight may not be the faith that will carry him in to an eternity that he desires.
Again, many will disregard the eternal as unknowable.
But it is a gross injustice, especially in any treatment of faith and religion,
not to address the Christ of the Christianity about which the author writes.
A thinking soldier will consider seriously and thoroughly the reality of life and death.
Faith of the American Soldier erred by ignoring the exclusive truth claims of the religions he wrote about from the arm's length of alleged neutrality.
God is not the God of our own making - that is an idol.
God is Who He says He is. Only God can accurately reveal Himself. And He has shown Himself in His Bible.
The real victory is from the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Winning on the battlefield and losing in Eternity is not necessary, given one understands and follows the Christ of Christianity.
Don't miss this easy read and it will stir and impress you deeply.
Read it a decide for yourselves!
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