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During the most violent and controversial phase of the war, Chaplain Bryan brought God to the American warrior. He witnessed ...
During the most violent and controversial phase of the war, Chaplain Bryan brought God to the American warrior. He witnessed life, death, and faith at every level, including a worst-case scenario in which several troops in his unit were ambushed and captured. Memoirs from Babylon is a dramatic account of humanity at its best and worst, a gut-wrenching experience of fear and faith under fire. Chaplain Bryan's story is a unique combination of life, leadership, military history, and God-centered hope in the midst of America's nightmare.
Posted August 13, 2011
Resiliency is the Army's new watchword. No matter how resilient a Soldier is, every deployment has trying times, for the men of the 4th Battalion 31st Infantry, Operation Iraqi Freedom was extremely trying. In these pages, the unit's Chaplain, Jeffery Bryan, has provided his personal perspective on both what it means to minister to men in combat, and what it takes for each to 'soldier on' in spite of loss and tribulation. As a member of the unit at that time, I too bear the emotional scars of the losses we faced. This book has been a great touchstone in my healing and I have faith that Jeff's words will be a help both to other Soldiers who face the ghosts of their deployments and to anyone seeking an honest perspective of the trials of combat.
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Posted January 5, 2012
Memoirs from Babylon is war from a chaplain's perspective. This book was completely not what I expected, in a great way. Chaplains are not traditional combat soldiers, do not carry guns, and even have a bodyguard that is supposed to be with them at all times. Generally speaking, I've never heard of a chaplain being in the midst of a firefight, or even being on the front lines. Chaplain Bryan isn't the usual chaplain. He was in the thick of the fight praying for and supporting the soldiers in Iraq during some of the worst, most deadly fights. This book brings to light the ugliness of war, as well as the humanity of how brave soldiers are, and how important and difficult what they're doing truly is.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2011
I could hardly put this book down, I was able to get a pretty good idea of what our troops had to go through and are still going through in Iraq.
Jeff, was able to bring the good and the bad to life in this book.
I would strongly recomend giving it a read, rather you are a religous person or not, the religous aspect is not "shoved down your throat", the plight of the troops is what stands out.