She came across a few books relating to the Iraq War, and knowing that I believe that we are winning and there was good reason for going into Iraq, she picked up the book, "No Atheist in Foxholes: Prayers and Reflections From the Front," by Chaplain Patrick McLaughlin.
The book reads like diary entries from McLaughlin's experiences and insight. He brings up many issues, such as the lack of accurate media portrait of the war and others, and reflects on how a chaplain, like himself, deals with them. The book is full of insightful, encouraging, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking stories that will keep your attention. Between each chapter, the author provides quotes, bible verses, and a prayer for various purposes.
I have often asked myself what I would do if I became a chaplain in the military. First of all, the military probably wouldn't want me. I am anything but military material. But questions of "why God..." etc. plague a chaplain like McLaughlin everyday while on the battlefield, and even on the base. Though the Bible provides answers to these questions, there's no doubt that war makes the issue even harder to deal with.
One of the things I enjoyed about this book was McLaughlin's belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ as the answer to all things. McLaughlin, as a Christian, is praying and calling for peace (as we all should), while at the same time is serving on the front lines to minister to those protecting us. It is no easy job, but I am greatful that God has called him to such a service.
For those interested in learning more about the war and gaining new insights to what is going on, this is a great read. Even better, it is a book that challenges us to hold firmly to our faith, even when men's wickedness are most visible.