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Finding Faith in the Desert Paperback – August 1, 2004

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Horton, a career military man who served in 2003 as an LDS (Mormon) chaplain to the U.S. Army in Iraq, shares vignettes of courage and sacrifice in this uneven memoir. He opens by explaining the LDS concepts of theodicy and pointing to war as one of the consequences of human selfishness, but then in the same chapter tells of his own deployment to Iraq and of the young men and women he has counseled in 17 years of military service. Many of these stories are genuinely inspirational, but the book’s lack of focus and organization is a major problem. Readers never know what is coming next and why, making the book a decent source for a one-off sermon illustration or story, but not a coherent account of Horton’s experiences in Iraq. Better editing (starting with the absurdly long subtitle) could have highlighted the best of these stories. Particularly interesting are tales of sacrifice and long family separations, discussions of Mormons in the military (and the prevalent misunderstandings others maintain about LDS beliefs), accounts of healings and answered prayers, and uplifting stories about the people of Iraq. 59 b&w photos.
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About the Author

Chaplain Anthony W. Horton served in Iraq with the 40th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armor Division.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Brigham Distributing (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932898190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932898194
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,137,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I has been a few years since I read Finding Faith In the Desert.
I just was telling a friend about the man behind the book and I looked it up on Amazon to recommend it to him. I wish to make it known to all who read this, that Chaplin Antony Horton is the real deal.
I got to know Tony while serving in Saudi Arabia in 1999. I was the Servicemens' group leader for the US Military Post at Eskan, Riyadh, KSA when Chaplin Horton was posted there.

He lifted me and raised my spirits at a rough time in my life. Those who have not served away from family for a year or more have no idea of the incredible strength that it takes to trust in the Lord for daily resolve and peace. Chaplin Tony instantly became a friend and supporter. His advice and counsel was and still is valued. His sincere concern for each of the soldiers regardless of church affiliation and his in-the-trenches ministry to each and every one was well known in the theater.

Finding and reading this book several years later was just icing on the cake.

Thanks Tony.
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Anthony W. Horton is a chaplain in the Army. This powerfully inspiring book follows him to Iraq during the challenges of Operation Iraqi Freedom. How do you bring faith, courage, morality and love to men and women who are daily placing their lives in danger far from home? How do you convince them that a Latter-day Saint can have the answers, when they've been raised to hate or distrust them?

This is one of the most uplifting books I have ever read. It has taken me a long time to read it because I find I read a bit, and then put it away to ponder. Many of the passages, thoughts and stories lead me on a search for greater answers. Brother Horton's responsibility is to soldiers of all faiths, and that adds to the challenges and to the need to think deeply about the gospel teachings. During his time in Iraq, he has faced prejudice from other chaplains and from soldiers who have never been expected to receive their religious counsel from a Latter-day Saint. He is frequently called upon to share his beliefs. His explanations of gospel principles reach far beyond the ordinary and will make you see the gospel in ways you never imagined.

One of the challenges Brother Horton faces is that soldiers often fool themselves into believing that "what happens in Iraq stays in Iraq." This means they convince themselves that they can live in ways contrary to their beliefs and to the vows they have made to family members and it somehow doesn't count because they are far from home. When they find their conscience has followed them to war, they end up in his office seeking comfort and help as they strive to rebuild the lives they have damaged as a result of their mistakes.
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This is a fascinating book about a soldier and his time in Iraq. His stories are inspiring about God's children and the work that still goes forward even during war. Great read, highly recommend.
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Our reading group read this book. As a group we all agreed it was an uplifting book of hope in a time of dispair. There are so few positve reports coming from that part of the world at this time and we as a group felt that at least some of the Iraqi people were being shown compassion by our sevicemen over there.

I have to agree with the critique that the editing was so poor, I found my self with pen in hand correcting mistakes.
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