Thursday, November 28, 2013

Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front



Title:  Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front
Author:  Karen Whiting & Jocelyn Green
Pages:  626
Year:  2012
Publisher:  God & Country Press
Before you consider dismissing this nonfictional book due to the length, let me assure you this is one not to dismiss or miss!  Both authors are prolific writers in many genres, and when I asked Karen Whiting about the book, even what she shared with me didn’t prepare me for the inspiration in these pages!  Let me share some of the chat with you before I tell you more about the book:
Lisa:  Is this about American war?
Karen:  Yes, but not the battles as much as what women and children did at home (different when wars took place on our soil and women had to fight off soldiers who invaded).
Karen:  The focus of the Home Front book was to show the faith and courage of women, children, and families, plus volunteers a t home--those who support the troops behind the scenes, and also to show the struggles of military families through their true stories
Believe me when I tell you there is more to the story behind this book than what I shared.  I encourage you to connect with Karen Whiting (http://www.karenwhiting.com/) to see what a testimony she has to share with readers.  She wrote this with Jocelyn Green in nine months during which time Karen’s husband was battling cancer.  Her husband went home to be with the Lord before this project, which he had a heart for, was completed.
One aspect of the book is that it is broken down into a yearly devotional, which includes real stories, pictures, a short prayer for the troops and families, and concludes with Scripture.  A second aspect is that Karen is not just sharing about others, but also her own family experience that is so humbling when we tend to complain about being unconvinced by minor circumstances.  The third aspect is that readers learn about the many concrete and tangible ways we can support those who serve and their loved ones who wait for them to come home.  Finally, what a Bibliography!  As I read through it, I was glad to recognize some of the books I have read as well as learning about others I didn’t even know existed.
While I can say that as I have grown older I have become more patriotic and more involved, these people share their testimony with their heart.  As I read them, I kept hearing a verse from Scripture ruminating within my mind, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12: 1-3 NIV)
The context of this conclusion is due to the writer pointing out others who had lived out their faith and some not living to see the fulfillment of their promises.  However, the stories here are also of a cloud of witnesses that remind us to run our race, and more so I was astounded by the prayers prayed by the loved ones for their soldier.  That person was more than a soldier to them, so very much more that words cannot express the deepest parts of our hearts.
I ask that readers will consider purchasing a copy for yourself and others who will be touched in ways that cannot be imagined.  Make the next year or years a time to pray for the nation, government and the servicemen and women along with those who are at home waiting anxiously for their return.  May God not only Bless America, but the authors for sharing the hearts and lives of so many, including their stories plus the troops and families!
My rating is 5+ stars.
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