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* Mp3 CD Format *. "Grace Under Fire" is an extraordinary, moving record of the importance of religion and spirituality to troops and their families from the American Revolution through the fighting in Iraq. Reflecting the writers' thoughts, feelings, and questions about matters of faith, this correspondence offer a fascinating window on how individuals have endured the trials of separation, the fear of battle, the agony of loss, and the stresses of homecoming.
Carroll, founder of the Legacy Project, which solicits and publishes war letters, is the editor of War Letters, Behind the Lines, and now this volume, which focuses on letters home that emphasize religion and spirituality. It is impossible not to be moved by the immediacy and honesty of these letters from the battlefield (and a few from the homefront, including one from the wife of Robert E. Lee). "Does God really love us individually or does He love his purpose more?" asks Walter Bromwich in 1918. Combat Nurse June Wandrey, in 1944, meets the Pope but declines to kiss his ring: "If one thinks of the sanitary aspects of that antiquated custom, it's repulsive." Highly recommended.
Posted May 21, 2009
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