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Miracles and Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Tapping into a treasury of anecdotes from battlefield and crisis pastors through the ages, the author uses her journalism background to collect stories. From Iqbal, the boy who lived through the southeast Asian tsunami aboard a Navy hospital ship, to the barracks in Lebanon where 241 Marines were killed in a 1983 suicide bombing to the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Kennedy relates 50 stories, recounted with humor and tenderness. The chaplains are in the middle of the action. One builds a golf driving range in Baghdad; another baptizes a sailor while at sea in a fiberglass can used to store replacement engines for airplanes. Some of the stories are well told, while others need editing. There are few miracles. This book will appeal to the reader attracted to the Chicken Soup for the Soul inspirational series. (Mar.)
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''Kennedy, a longtime journalist, has assembled and edited 50 chapters' worth of stories from chaplains who serve or served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Their stories have the brevity and terse eloquence of real and lived experience; whether readers will derive hope or a more somber emotion from the hardships described is not easy to answer, but their tales are not distinguished by miracles, angels, or simple resolutions. VERDICT These candid accounts of remarkable luck and bloody catastrophe from dozens of noncombatant military men and women are moving and painful to read. Recommended for militaria collections and regions where many have relatives who serve overseas.'' --Library Journal
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What I didn't expect was the emotional WALLOP of some of the accounts -- "Baptism at Sea," "The Presence of Christ in a War Zone," "Easter in Fallujah," "Sailor on the Run," "A Mother's Photo," and "Whispered Service" among them. To my mind, the most moving is "The Last Letter" by New Jersey Army National Guard Chaplain Joanne Martindale.
Years ago, I noticed that veterans remember every word ever said to them by a general -- or by a chaplain. Learn why chaplains have such an honored place in the armed forces -- and in our society -- in this powerful book.
This book would be especially appreciated by any military family, both those currently serving as well as those retired from service.
This book is well written, and you won't want to put it down until it is done -- and then you will be sad that there are no more stories to read! It's that kind of book. I recommend this book to all.
I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy, the author, one day this past summer, and it's clear how she really listens, and stores bits of information for use in the future. I look forward to her next book.
This book would make a wonderful gift, for others, and for yourself.