Faith of Our Sons: A Father's Wartime Diary

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In 1998, novelist Frank Schaeffer's eighteen-year-old son John joined the Marines straight out of prep school. Their ensuing journey, recounted in the bestselling Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story About Love and the United States Marine Corps, struck a fervent chord amongst the many Americans with a family member in the military. In Faith of Our Sons, Frank Schaeffer picks up his family's ongoing story as Corporal John Schaeffer is deployed to the Middle East on the day Gulf War II begins. Schaeffer's moving and...
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In 1998, novelist Frank Schaeffer's eighteen-year-old son John joined the Marines straight out of prep school. Their ensuing journey, recounted in the bestselling Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story About Love and the United States Marine Corps, struck a fervent chord amongst the many Americans with a family member in the military. In Faith of Our Sons, Frank Schaeffer picks up his family's ongoing story as Corporal John Schaeffer is deployed to the Middle East on the day Gulf War II begins. Schaeffer's moving and timely account of the universal experience of losing a child— either temporarily or permanently—to war and his attendant emotions (from pride to panic to rage and back again) is punctuated throughout by the voices of the many others in Frank's situation, thousands of parents and children, who continue to pour their hearts out to the Schaeffers in countless letters since the publication of Keeping Faith—from those waiting anxiously for loved ones to come home to those who know they never will. No other book addresses the more intimate, but in some ways just as difficult and heroic side of the wartime experience: that of those waiting at home, praying for the safety of their loved ones.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786715855
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 279
  • Sales rank: 810,943
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2004

    prolific!

    I have been a fan of the Schaeffer family for over thirty years. I used Frank's father's books extensively through my college courses at a state university in order to prove to my professors that Christians CAN think clearly, and some of them (my professors) grew in appreciation for another perspective. His sister, Susan is my hero, having written books that I could relate to as a homeschooling mom. His mother, Edith has been my invisible mentor through her books about marriage and family. What a family! Frank's book was a page turner! I didn't move from the couch for a day except to eat with relatives! I was so touched by the way the author was able to honestly express his feelings...no holding back...very open. I want to pick it as my next book group pick in order to enlighten the type of person he talks about in his book that really doesn't have an idea about what our military is going through over there. I can't recommend this book enough. I wish it was required reading for EVERYONE in America!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2004

    The Best Wartime Book Of Our Time

    Faith Of Our Sons is a book that you literally can't put down once you get a few pages in. This is one of the best and most honest books I have ever read. The fact that it is about one family's wartime journey and set in the present day conflicts in the Middle East makes it all the more gripping. But this is a book for the ages. Frank Schaeffer is one of America's great writers. In novels like Portofino and Zermatt he has created a funny world that opens a window on religion and American life, the funny side of growing up religious. Now in Faith Of Our Sons, his incredible follow up to Keeping Faith, Frank Schaeffer opens a window on what it is like to be a loving father who sends his youngest son off to war, in this case the war on terror in the Middle East. Only this is no novel but a gripping true story about family, love, loyalty and the pain of sacrifice. It is the best book I've read in ten years. I really did laugh and cry and above all at the end had a new sense of what family love is all about. Wonderful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2004

    great!!

    I enjoyed this as much as Keeping faith. Timely with a capital T, it gives us a glimspe into the hearts of our boys and those back home

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    MARINES !

    Our son was a Marine in Iraq during the war. My wife and I have finally found someone to articulate how we felt during that time but also about 9/11, The Marines...to a tee!! I can rage at the TV but this man is able to use the words I wish I could.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2004

    Excellent read for anyone with a loved one in the military

    Being the mother of two sons that were deployed, one in the ground war, I eagerly read Frank's first book, Keeping Faith. Frank gives a voice to those of us who are unable. I would strongly recommend this book. It is easy to read and understand. The depth of emotions it brought forth in me were ones that I had kept hidden, even from myself, while my sons were away in the sandbox.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2004

    Could not put it Down

    This book was OUTSTANDING! You could not help getting choked up at some of the letters and conversations going back and fourth. At this present time this book should be read by anyone who has a loved one in Afganistan and/or Iraq. It was truly moving!

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