Thursday, October 6, 2011
Home and Away: A Book Review and Giveaway
David French picked up the newspaper in the comfort of his penthouse in Philadelphia, and read about a soldier - father of two - who was wounded in Iraq. Immediately, he was stricken with a question: Why him and not me?
This is the story of what happens when a person - rather a family - answers the call to serve their nation. David was a 37-year-old father of two, a Harvard Law graduate and president of a free speech organization. In other words, he was used to pushing pencils, not toting M16s.
His wife Nancy was raising two children and writing from home. She was worrying about field trips and playdates, not about her husband going to war.
HOME AND AWAY chronicles not just a soldier at war, but a family at war - a husband in Iraq, a wife and children at home, greeting each day with hope and fear, facing the challenge with determination, tears, and more than a little joy.
About The Authors:
Nancy French is a columnist for the Philadelphia City Paper, a weekly alternative newspaper (readership of 460,000), in which she addressed issues like politics, religion, and culture with a light, humorous touch. She also the cofounded and maintains the blog re:formation which has a large following and focuses on a discussion of today's conservative Right.
David French is a captain in the United States Army Reserve. In his civilian life, he is a senior counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund and is the director of its Center for Academic Freedom. In Iraq he served as the Squadron Judge Advocate for the 2d Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment in Diyala Province, Iraq. At the conclusion of his tour, he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat operations.
If you want to read a gut-wrenching, honest portrayal of the "all American Military family", you cannot pass up reading Home and Away by David and Nancy French. From the first pages you will be introduced to their world as David decides to join the U.S. military, with chapters alternating the points of view of each of the authors. Although this style of writing tends to irritate me, in this case it works.
This book covers all levels of emotion and every situation that military families go through, and will give you a new appreciation for the sacrifices military officials make when they leave their families. What I really appreciated was the fact that both authors made it clear that they could not have gotten through their experiences without their faith in God. Although this was done in a very non-threatening, subtle manner.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
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