Review: Steel Will

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                   After the 9/11 attacks Staff Sgt. (Ret) Shiloh Harris was motivated to enlist in the Army and to go to war. This book tells how he survived an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) explosion and how it affected him and his men. It makes the reader aware of PTSD and how the general public can help those affected and their families.
                    Something I liked about the book was the glossary printed before the first chapter. This is very helpful to the reader who knows very little about military life. There is also an extensive list of recommended organizations and ministries in the back of the book for warriors and their families to get the help they need.
                      The chapters are short yet concise. Several colorful photographs are included in this autobiography. They highlight several of Shiloh's key life points. Including a picture of his childhood in 1974 through his career as a military combatant.
                       This book shines a light on the tragedies that military individuals bear witness to or encounter themselves on a regular basis during their time in war. In America we tend to take our freedom for granted and also fail to realize the significant sacrifices and the burdens of those who are overseas fighting for that very freedom that we are able to enjoy because of them.
                         This was an interesting book to read because it was written from the perspective of a retired soldier (Shiloh Harris) who gives his own personal account of the events in this book.
                         I believe it is both beneficial and important to read first hand accounts because you get to "hear" from someone who was actually at the scene when the event occurred. Therefore, their account would logically be the most factual written piece of their own experience. This book captivated me in such a way that I did not want to put it down.
                         I would consider this book a good read for anyone who wants a firsthand accurate account of war. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggerswww.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.

Hodgepodge Wednesday - It's An Age Thing


Joyce, our host is celebrating a birthday this week. So her questions deal with aging.
Happy Birthday Joyce! You can click on the button to visit Joyce and participate.

(1) Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying, `You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.` Would you agree? If not why not?
A- Makes sense to me. So yes I agree.

(2) What remarkable feat, interesting piece of trivia, or historical event occurred on your birth day and month? Not necessarily in your birth year, just the same date/same month.
A- According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_21
The Mayflower Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. (1620)

(3) Describe a time or circumstance where you wanted to `have your cake and eat it too.`
A- Can't think of any right off the top of my hat

(4) What's something that makes you feel young? Something that makes you feel old?
A- Going to an all day Christian concert and singing with the rest of the gang.
I feel old when my arthritis is hurting.

(5) When did you last do something that was `a piece of cake`?
A- Since we're talking food & I love cooking....made chili in the crockpot.

(6) Beef, wine, and cheese all improve with age. What's something else you'd add to that list? (not necessarily food or beverage)
A- I'd say wisdom improves with age. I believe the older we get the wiser we become.

(7) If Joyce were to have a giveaway when she hits volume 200, what should she give away? By Joyce's  calculations, we'll hit volume 200 on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, which means whoever wins would have whatever it is in time for Christmas.
A- I'm lost in thought and have no idea.

(8) Insert your own random thought here.

Ten Authors I've Only Read One Book From...



This week's Top Ten is brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish
The Question: Ten authors you've read only one book from and need to read more.

(1) Randy Alcorn: The Chasm

(2) Lynn Austin: Though Waters Roar

(3) Patsy Clairmont: Kaleidoscope

(4) W. Dale Cramer: Levi's Will

(5) Chris Fabry: Almost Heaven

(6) David Gregory: The Last Christian

(7) Kristen Heitzmann: The Rose Legacy 

(8) Jerry B. Jenkins: Twas the Night Before

(9) Michael Landon Jr. (Cindy Kelley): The Silent Gift

(10) Francine Rivers: Leota's Garden

My question is: which authors do you need to read more of their books?