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A Table in the Presence: The Dramatic Account of How a U. S. Marine Battalion Experienced God's Presence Amidst the Chaos of the War in Iraq

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    A TABLE IN THE PRESENCE brings new life in the thought of war and how American does run off "In God We Trust"

    A Table In The Presence by Lt. Carey Cash is a very inspiration book. It brought what being a soldier was like on the frontlines in Iraq to the everyday American. It shared what our men have to deal with across seas and how many of them turn to God for answers. In A Table In The Presence, Lt. Carey H. Cash is a chaplain in the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment. He travels around performing different worship services and fulfilling different needs of men in the Marines. But during the mean time he is dodging bullets just like the rest of them and dealing with what happens on the front lines of war. He was there on April 10th when they stormed Saddam Hussein's Palace as well as on the front lines when Baghdad was invaded. He has to deal with the threats that everyone else is having, but yet he still manages to keep his head high and keep the morale up of many other marines fighting along side him even though he doesn't carry a gun. Carey Cash leaves a very descriptive journal and shares his life changing experiences with the rest of us who don't get to experience the things others get to experience. Chaplains may not seem very crucial to war but after reading this book, it's amazing how many people rely on a chaplain. The major themes in the book would have to be perseverance, trust, honor, and Semper Fidelis. The men of the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment had to persevere when they thought it wasn't possible as well as trust in something that they couldn't see but yet they knew it was there. And that was the presence of God. They also kept their heads high and kept their honor when they thought that was the last thing they needed. And the marines always stuck to Semper Fidelis which means "always faithful" no matter what the decision was. I would also say reliance, because many of the men relied on God to get them through the day as well as relying on Cash to perform worship services in the middle of the desert. I thought it was a great book and would recommend it. It was a very interesting book and I didn't have very many dislikes. The only thing I would say that I disliked would have to be how some of the journal entries would just be long run-ons. Sometimes people don't realize all God does for us and this goes to show living proof that there is someone out there looking after us. If someone is looking for that proof of, there being someone out there that's bigger than us I would recommend reading this book and acknowledging what miracles have happened in Iraq. So overall it was a great book and would try and convince you to read it if military stories interest you, and if you're curious about how God can be anywhere.

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