Then one day during a deployment to Iraq, tragedy strikes. Annelyse, now a war veteran suffering from PTSD, struggles with severe bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts while she attempts to come to grips with the death of a loved one. How can the statement "God is good all the time" be true even during such dire circumstances?
Join Annelyse on this spiritual journey, and discover the hope and healing that can encourage all believers.
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Annelyse, a young woman in her early 20's, is your typical young woman; she has a boyfriend, attends college, and is pretty close to her family. Despite the fact that her family are devout Christians, she is struggling with her faith. When she discovers that her boyfriend is cheating on her, she impulsively decides to join the Army. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. After basic and MOS (Military Occupation Specialist) training, Annelyse is transferred to the Walter Reed Medical Center and begins to settle into a life that she is contented with. During her time at Walter Reed, Annelyse meets Luke; they start dating and they fall in love with each other. With Luke's encouragement, Analyse begins to reconnect with her faith, not realizing that her faith will be tested again when the couple face tragedy and destruction during their deployment in Iraq. Into the Trenches by Andrea Barringer uses Annelyse's story to address several issues that contemporary Christians and soldiers struggle with in a compassionate, non-judgmental manner. This non-judgmental attitude makes it easy to relate to Annelyse, and it makes Annelyse's responses to the situations that she finds herself in even more realistic. What also makes Annelyse even more believable is the fact that Annelyse questioned her faith in the face of tragedy and destruction. I do not know many people who would not question their faith when dealing with the tragedy that Annelyse does in the book, and I really felt that Barringer was open and honest about this. Into the Trenches is a compelling and touching story that offers Christian values with faith-based solutions using contemporary language and conversational tone. If you are looking for a "clean" book to add to your teen's library, you really need to give Into the Trenches by Andrea Barringer a try!
I really enjoyed this book and the story could be taken from today's headlines. I was drawn into the lives of the characters from the first pages. The author's military background is very evident in her writing and she does a wonderful job of making the reader fill that they are in the middle of all the action. It is also a beautiful story of God's love and how He can heal and restore and it is a powerful reminder of what our servicemen and women have sacrificed on our behalf. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more from this author.
Great.Read - Captivating Story Filled with Timely Topics for Young Adults Into Into the Trenches by Andrea Barringer Into the Trenches is a fiction story about Annelyse, a young woman from a family strong in faith. We pick up the story as her older sister is marrying and then soon after joining the military. Annelyse is a bit of a rebel in relation to her family's values. Dating a guy who is an atheist, going to church but not really believing and doing nothing to move forward in her life. Challenges come for her as real life begans to knock on her door. Things are not always as they seem but she has a great family and a great church who are there for her when she needs them. I found the first portion of the book to reflect what one might anticipate in a first time writer. It read a bit like a narrative and transition was rocky. The material itself seemed at times forced. However once we move past those first chapters, it read much smoother. I suspect some of that was our author's experience and passion for the subject matter as we moved to more active military life. Regardless why, Barringer came out strong as she gave us such a beautiful, at times heartbreaking, look at Annelyse's journey into a life of knowing Christ personally, of knowing love and of being a soldier. She also did an excellent work in developing her characters. She brought them to life in such a way you wanted to get to know them. I appreciated her allowing flaws in her characters and not portraying an unrealistic look at a Believer's response to difficult circumstances. I particularly gained insight into the fear, the bravery, the loyalty and the realness of the young men and women who serve to protect my freedom. I do not think I will look at those who serve us the same again after reading this. This book would be excellent for young adults.
Extremely relevant for today, this book takes you through so many things. There is going into the service, there is the "plastic Christian" and REALLY committing to Christ, there is the war in the middle east, there is PTSD, there is losing someone you love, If that wasn't enough you get dealing with grief, depression, moving on after loving someone. This book flowed wonderfully, was easy to read and held your attention. It was very easy to relate to the characters. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.