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Besides apologetics and theology, the bloggers here on Veritas Domain share the same background with things in the military.  So I thought it is fitting to review this work.

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I could not believe how fast I read the book–I could not put it down and finished within 24 hours while finishing my prep for a sermon and sunday school (I’m a preacher). This is the autobiography of the nation’s top sniper with the most confirmed kill in history, by Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle. This is not the pansy book and movie “Jarhead” by Anthony Swafford or whatever his name is…Chris Kyle is the real deal. I have not read any military book in a long time, and what makes this work different than others is the fact that this guy is talking about a war and country that has defined the last decade and our generation. Well, some portion of our generation I should say. For those who have been there, readers will be amazed at God’s providence in having the author being engaged in combat over every bad parts of Iraq–Nasariyah, Fallujah, Ramadi, Bahgdad and the slums of Sadr City. Readers must be cautioned that the author does write with profanity. But there is something that I am drawn with Kyle’s story– his humility, his honesty in describing situations that reveal that SEALs are very human just like other fighting force, and his stories of the men around him. He begins the book with a bit of his upbringing and like most SEAL books, his experience with BUD/S (though he keeps it brief). Reading his account makes me realize I would never even try out for BUD/S and glad that there are men who would actually go through that massive pain for six months to even try out to be a SEAL. Unlike other SEALs book out there, I thought an interesting twist was the angle that Kyle took was the family aspect. He talks about the toll four deployments had on his wife, and new family, and even something I’ve never seen in any other SEALs or sniper books: The wife contributes to the book by writing about her perspective! Pimple faced teenage SEALs wannabes might not appreciate it, but those more older and mature–or have served in the military in general or have loved ones in the service would appreciate this angle that Kyle’s book took. One of the reason that I’m so drawn to the book is that this is a book about our times, and our generation–like anyone who has lived in the post 9/11 world, Kyle talks about that day hearing it in the news and how that affected him, and readers will probably think back of their own moments with 9/11 as well. It also describe an amazing warrior who went four tours to the war in Iraq, that shaped so much of the last decade’s politics and lives of many fine men and women. Prior to the invasion of Iraq, I have always treasured Black Hawk Down as the story of modern warfare, and whereas that book describe the 90s Clintonian wars, pseudowars and military operation short of wars (all political speak, but ask the ones who have bullets flying over them!), then this book has defined the account of modern warfare in the early 2000s. I have to say that personally for me, the author has brought back a lot of emotions, memories and spirit I had as a Marine, with his humour and account of things. Of course, I realize Marines are not SEALs but my greatest respects goes to the SEALs for the things they go through is so much more tougher than anything else out there. His stories about serving alongside Marines and Army soldiers moves me much, and I am so glad for the countless lives Kyle has saved. Throughout the book the theme of which priority to take (God, Country then Family vs God, Family then Country) makes this more than just a book of bagging terrorists and fanactics, it is the story of the dire human condition and value in patriotism, faith, service and love. Very moving. I highly recommend it especially for those veterans and those veterans who are injured, to be inspired and seeing life after the military.

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