Stephen Mansfield is the author of numerous books on history and leadership, including The Faith of George W. Bush, a New York Times bestseller.
The Faith of the American Soldierby Stephen Mansfield
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What goes through the mind of an American warrior spiritually and religiously when facing the enemy? Treading where few books have gone, The Faith of the American Soldier examines the religious and spiritual issues in America's wars, and then considers what is lost to our military through a secular approach to battle.
Special attention is paid to the current war in Iraq, where Mansfield reaches surprising conclusions about the need for structured faith on the battlefield-and how its absence contributes to catastrophes like those at Abu Ghraib prison.
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- 18 Years
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Inspiring Portrait of the relationship between American Soldiers, fighting in Iraq & Afghanistan, and God. It covers historical ground, as well, in detailing how that relationship has changed from previous generations of America's warriors over the years. Often graphic and poignant, Mansfield writes with the authority of someone who has a firm knowledge of history, and a love of all things involving the military. As a former pastor, Mansfield's writing lifts the readers intellect and challenges the reader to understand the spiritual battle that our soldiers must deal with on a daily basis. As Mansfield points out 'war summons faith, and every faith fashions some kind of code when it marches off to war.' Therefore a valiant warrior code is arrived at. 'This warrior code puts the war in spiritual perspective and tells America's soldiers what it means to conduct themselves with honor. This code goes back to the origins of officership,integrity, honor,and character. It is the completion that comes from living by a code, from aligning one's life with a set of principles that elevate and enoble, and make that a life of impact. It is devotion to the path of an exceptional life.' As Mansfield describes 'this warrior code takes a soldier and makes him a knight, and allows the soldier to taste a level of nobility and honor, that his civilian life at home does not offer. The call to valor is an inspiration to soldiers who conduct themselves bravely in war, because they believe themselves in service of a righteous cause, as warriors with a purpose greater than national pride or economic gain.' The warrior code is essential, because it provides the moral framework for the lives of soldiers. Guided by these values, the military may then evolve into a profession of arms that is intended to create 'righteous warriors of sufficient skill, character, and devotion to execute war justly and effectively.' Thanks should go to Mansfield for illustrating what soldiers need 'is an enobling of their profession through the integration of faith and the moral vision that faith provides.' What our soldiers have discovered, is something our citizens need to, which is the higher calling of serving a purpose greater than ourselves.
Twisted logic prevails as Stephen Mansfield argues that the U.S. government should give our soldiers spiritual motivation to kill. Mansfield trusts the morals and godliness of our politicians that much, eh?
In researching and writing this book, Stephen Mansfield has done us all a great service. With an historian's eye (and a pastor's ear) he has given us a glimpse of what battle does to the heart and mind of the average soldier. Particularly poignant and eye-opening are the conversations he had with combat soldiers currently serving in Iraq. It's well-researched and beautifully written. I'll be buying and giving copies to every ex-soldier and patriot I know.