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Johnny Mcclintock's War: One Man's Struggle Against the Hammer Blows of Life Paperback – August 15, 2014
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The story of one man's struggle to maintain his faith in spite of everything life throws at him.
As the outbreak of the First World War looms closer, John Henry McClintock, a Northern Irish Protestant by upbringing, meets Rose Flanagan, a Catholic, at a gospel tent mission - and falls in love with her.
When Johnny enlists and sets off to fight in the War he finds himself surrounded by death and tragedy, which pushes his trust in God to the limit.
After more than five years absence he returns home to a bitter, war torn Ireland, where both he and Rose are seen as traitors to their own sides.
John Henry and Rose overcome all opposition and, finally, marry. But a few years later comes the hardest blow of all. Can John Henry still hang on to his faith in God?
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A young protestant Irish man meets a catholic Irish girl right before WWI. It is a story where 'he knew from their conversations that what she believed was the same as what he believed, and that was what mattered'. Different religions no obstacle for love. Reading along, I felt there was much more depth behind this love story, much more intent than obvious. It is the human soul ever searching for doing something worth while, 'not just working until they die'. The human heart and soul searching for the reason behind it all. Wars, from the Ist WW until into our days, devastating, ruining our lives and there, young men reaching out to each other in trenches filled with foul water and poison gas. Bigotry, religion,class differences, moral rules: all doing their best to drive us apart. Young people trying to escape from the daily round that is' trivialising' their lives. Men fighting and killing each other 'he wondered again why two sets of people with so much in common needed to sort out their differences by killing each other'.
Johnny McClintock has seen it all. And so has Rose, from her different angle as a woman in Ireland of those days.
I have read the excerpt and other reviews before I've started reading this book. How much has this book overcome my expectations! This is Irish story telling at its best! The human soul, the heart of each of us human beings, searching for a glimpse of a response of which ever gods we are believing in. And still, holding on to them. The answer lies in ourselves, in our hearts. Look around, Gerry says, a lark singing in spring, fields full of smell and colour. The last roses' of autumn's smell. Never mind the cow dung you are stepping in. War, bigotry, hatred but also the human heart holding on to love, standing up for it.
Oh, I could go on and on. What a prose. What a story with depth.
This is heartfelt. This is power of words. Gerry is telling a story here to draw you in and make you think about your own life and life as such. Love. Peace. Wars. God. The meaning of it all.
If there were more stars than five allowed, I wholeheartedly would give them. I am an avid reader, as they say. I have read a lot. This book has been my first of this author, it definitely will not be my last. I will read them all. 'Souls find souls'. If you read her book, you will know what it means. Kudos to such great writing.
When he meets Rose Flanagan a Catholic girl, he has to redefine his belief system. Surely a love as strong as the one between himself and the lovely Rose can overcome the ingrained prejudices of his volatile countrymen.
Confident that this love could withstand any test, Johnny McClintock enlists in the armed forces and is sent out to face the horrors of World War One. Horrors that will make any of us cry in our despair that this war was not and sadly will never be the war to end all wars.
Author Gerry McCullough has a deep insight into what drives her characters. Because of this each of her characterizations are very real to the reader, inviting us to step inside their lives, we laugh with them, and we cry for them, we invest ourselves emotionally and want so badly for their love for one another to hold fast against seemingly insurmountable odds.
Rose is forced to deal with the ugly side of life, before she’d ever had a real chance to experience the wonders that it can and does hold.
Johnny McClintock has his faith tested, again and again on the battlefield and in the foxholes. The sights sounds and smells of frail humans forced into inhuman circumstances, make his days red with blood and his nightmares imbed themselves into his soul.
Death is his constant companion, and he fights to understand how a loving God could allow this inhumanity to exist. He fights to hold on to his beliefs just as strongly as he fought on this other field of battle. Both took their toll on his soul.
He returns home, no longer young. Circumstances have decreed that he will never again be the young man that left his beautiful Northern Ireland five years before.
The author understands his pain and allows us to share in it.
This insight makes his love for Rose especially poignant, and it needs to be a strong love to endure the prejudices and attacks of people who look at them from both sides and relegate them to traitor status.
Johnny and his Rose marry and are tested over and over again.
I will not spoil the ending of this beautifully written book. Suffice it to say that their ultimate challenge looms large.
Will their love and faith in God survive? You must read the book.
The author has taken the reader on a journey of discovery, a journey that is fast paced, touching and sadly all to real.
I can’t say more, apart from the fact that I recommend this work highly to anyone who looks for depth, plausibility, and human frailties in what they choose to read. I will be reading this again and am certain I will discover still more layers of real life within its pages.
I congratulate author Gerry McCullough on this work...I have read most of her other books and enjoyed them immensely; but this ...this one stands proudly alone, a book that should be required reading for all those that sit distant and safe from the wars they help create.
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