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A weekend nonfiction leisure reading review…because even Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading.

Flo Groberg and Tom Sileo. 8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier’s Story from Immigrant to the Medal of Honor.  New York, NY: Simon Schuster, November 17th, 2017. 208 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is the story of Flo Groberg, a US Army infantry officer who was a recipient of the Medal of Honor in 2015 for actions in Afghanistan in 2012.  There’s few Medal of Honor that has been awarded in the post-9/11 world and still fewer who are among the living that received it; Flo Groberg is one of them.  The autobiography tells the story of his childhood, his decision to join the Army, his time in Afghanistan and after his time in the military.  Reading this book makes me grateful for men like Groberg who was willing to risk his life and limb for others.

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A weekend non-theological book review.  Cause Pastors also need a break with other readings…

Robert M. Gates. Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.  New York, NY: Knopf, January 14th 2014. 640 pp.

5 out of 5

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Let me begin by saying I rarely pick up memoirs and of those I have started very few I have ever finished.  A lot of them end up being somewhat anti-climatic and sometimes they can be too narcissistic for my taste.  Often in the back of my mind I wonder if there are things left out or opinions given that end up being more of a hindrance to knowing the truth.  So the fact that I finished this memoir and am writing a review of this book speaks volume of how much I enjoyed this work.

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This is a weekend non-fiction leisure reading review.  ‘Cause ministers need a break from heavy reading too.

Jonathan Jordan.  American Warlords: How Roosevelt’s High Command Led America to Victory in World War II. New York, NY: Penguin Group, May 5th 2015. 624 pp.

5 out of 5

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What an incredible book on military history and history of military leadership.  This work is a look at the important men during World War Two that played a pivotal role in Franklin Roosevelt’s War Department towards winning World War Two.  This is a book that is a gold mine of information, a well-researched that surprisingly is also very readable for general readers.

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Today’s the Marine Corps Birthday and as a Marine Veteran myself, I thought I post this review of a book I really enjoyed recently!

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Hampton Sides. Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission.  New York, NY: Anchor Books, May 7th, 2002. 344 pp.

5 out of 5

I am finally glad I got to finish reading this book after first seeing this book fourteen years ago as a young Marine on the eve of the Iraq war.  Back then I saw another Marine have a copy of this book, I got to thumb through it briefly and found the stories very fascinating but somehow I never got around to reading this again until recently.  This was an epic book and I’m truly humbled reading about the heroes in this book just as I was fourteen years ago.

The book is about the incredible military operation conducted by 6th Ranger Battalion to rescue American Prisoner of Wars who were the survivors of the Bataan Death March.  It was a daring raid since it took place deep within enemy lines at the Cabanatuan POW camp.  As the book pointed out the raid was also all the more daring given that military special operation at that time was still in its infancy.

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Tonight’s weekend reading review…as always, because Pastors also need a mental break.

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David Smith.  The Price of Valor. Washington DC: Regnery History, January 1st, 2015. 258 pp.

I enjoyed this biography on Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War Two.  It is about time I finally know more about him!  I was wondering whether to start with Audie’s autobiography or this biography told in a third person perspective but in the end I thought it was better to start with this work by David Smith.  I don’t regret it—that’s because I enjoyed it very much.

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I’ve thought about this for several hours before I put anything in writing. I think God’s justice as a universal principle demands that those who murder should also forfeit their life as taught in Genesis 9:6.  Genesis 9:6 is situated in the Noahic Covenant, a universal covenant (cf. Genesis 9:9-17, with the description of ‘everlasting’, etc). We all remember sunday school lessons that the rainbow is a symbol of this covenant, and unless we say that the covenant can be revoked (that is, God can destory the whole world by flood again), the requirement of Genesis 9:6 stands. Having said that, how Genesis 9:6 is implemented is important: I think we would agree that God has given the state the role of justice (Romans 13:4). In fact Romans 13:4 is unintelligible without presupposing Genesis 9:6. The Osama circumstance was fulfilled by the right institution that God ordained (I oppose to individual vigilantes, or executions practiced by the family or the church). In such a case where the wicked perish, I think it is Biblical to have a multifaceted response to the news. From the Scripture, we see that even in heaven, it is legitimate for people to cry out to God and petition for justice which spells out as judgment upon the wicked (Revelation 6:10-11). We see that even after God’s judgment (in the context, Babylon is view, cf. Rev. 18), the saints in heaven are able to rejoice with the news (Revelation 19:1-3). The rejoicing is with what God has done directly or mediated through His agents. At the same time, the idea of someone who perish should grieve us just as it grieves God. We should be sad that Osama did not repented from his ways in the final end. The two kisses together and I think that we must never forget that though God in some sense does not delight in the wicked perishing, He nevertheless is still a God of justice in His character. We must never forget that God’s judgment of sins are not arbitrary. I believe the third aspect to this multifaceted response is also one of reverential fear…we ourselves deserve punishment for our own sins, but only mercy and grace has saved us from our sins. Hope this makes some sense, it’s 1 in the morning and I”m trying to finish a paper. Again, I think a multifacted response might be biblical.

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