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Sea of Glory: Based on the True WW II Story of the Four Chaplains and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester [Paperback]

By Ken Wales (Author) & David Poling (Author)
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Based on the true story of four heroic chaplains on board the U.S. Army Transport ship "Dorchester" during World War II, this inspirational novel follows the crew as they set sail for Greenland before a German submarine ends their journey.

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In 1943, the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was torpedoed by a German submarine en route to a top-secret radar installation in Greenland. The four Army chaplains on board were quite different from each other: a Methodist pastor, Jewish rabbi, Dutch Reformed minister, and Catholic priest. Yet in the terror following the attack by deadly U-boats, the chaplains united in a final sacrifice that transformed every survivor who saw it-and inspired one man to trade the bitterness of the past for the promise of the future.

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Studio: B&H Fiction
Pages   358
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 15, 2006
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805443800  
ISBN13  9780805443806  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Sea of Glory: A Novel?

Truly Men of Honor  Jan 21, 2004
This book is one that makes you feel good without being mushy. It brings out the best in men regardless of their religion. When these Chaplains acted as men of the cloth they made a tremendous difference in a setting that was full of death.

Being a Chaplain myself, I truly enjoyed the book and it was a shot in the arm for all of man to care for the rest of mankind.

This book based on facts is one to read during a nice evening in front of the fireplace and the telephone off the hook.

The Greatest Sacrifice  Aug 24, 2002
I recently read this book in a summer reading program, and I loved it! It made me think of all the other men and women who gave their lives in World War II. This story follows four naval chaplins on the USAT Dorchester-a rabbi, a Dutch Reformed minister, a Catholic priest, and a Protestant minister. This story tells about their backgrounds, how they came to meet each other on the Dorchester, and the greatest sacrifice they gave (their lives) when the ship sank. This is an outstanding book!
Greater love hath no man....  May 20, 2002
The four chaplains who gave their lives selflessly to prevent others from dying certainly deserve for their story to be known, however, I would like to have seen equal voice given to their four different faiths. The story seems to be told more from the viewpoint of fundamental Christianity, and the character and beliefs of the chaplains of other faiths, Judaism, for example, seem neglected.

What I found important in the chaplains' story was the comraderie and unity among them, in spite of their different faiths. This mutual respect is a great lesson for teaching the importance of loving one another, and I imagine made a positive impact on the men they served, although this was not emphasized in the book. When the greatest test of all came, and the soldiers found themselves in the water, all of the chaplains, no matter what their religion, showed their commitment to God and man by making the lives of their fellow soldiers more important than their own. This is the emotional high point of the story, as we envision the fear of men facing death, and see the faith of the chaplains stand firm. We wonder what we would have done in the same situation, and we are left with a lesson that life is fleeting and to consider our lives in the context of the eternal.

What people are saying vs. the story  Apr 15, 2002
There are inaccuracies in some of the above criticisms...
like for instance the customer who stated that the words on the cover, "...story of the four chaplains" was a typo and should have been, "...story of four chaplains." This is completely inaccurate as the gentlemen in mention are icons known as "THE Four Chaplains." The customer's complete misinformation stated as 'fact' in [their] review makes me wonder about the validity of [their] other comments.

My suggestion, read the book for the "true story" within -- whether it feels like narrative non-fiction, or novel-style non-fiction is up to you to like or dislike; but the story is well and passionately presented by an author to whom the story obviously has precious meaning.

The book is lovely because the story is lovely. There's just no losing that. Well done.

a tale of faith and courage  Mar 8, 2002
Generally I am opposed to the fictionalization of true stories; my reason is that it trivializes real events and real people. For example, the tragic scope of the Titanic sinking is never depicted richly enough in fiction or movies, where we follow the stories of a few when there are as many stories as there are people involved.

I will make an exception for this World War II story. "Sea of Glory" is well-crafted and easy to read, and will probably find a wide audience as books about WWII are popular these days. My only criticism is that the authors get a little syrupy in depicting the relationship among the four chaplains, which rings a little too good to be true. Surely they had some differences now and then, as we all do.....Nevertheless, all four men were heroes, without a doubt, and their inspirational story deserves to be heard.


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