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The Faith of the American Soldier

By Stephen Mansfield (Author) & Phil Gigante (Read by)
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What role has religion played in America going to war? What part has faith played for American military personnel when going into combat, engaging in combat, and surviving battle? Mansfield, author of the bestseller "The Faith of George W. Bush," answers these questions in this timely book as he focuses on the spiritual aspect of men and women involved in the conflicts. Unabridged on 1 MP3 CD.

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Since men and women in battle not only face the prospect of their own deaths but also must fashion a moral rationale for killing, the battlefield is often a place of tremendous religious transformation. Do men and women at war revert to the faith of their youth or do they gravitate to the spirituality around them? Do they lose all faith in the face of horror, or do they piece together an informal faith that simply gets them through the fight? Are they better warriors and do they experience less post-traumatic stress if they believe their war is righteous and that they are agents of good? These are the questions Stephen Mansfield addresses in The Faith of the American Soldier. The book opens with the core question which lies at the heart of the matter: what happens religiously to America's warriors when they go to battle, and what impact does this have on the nation's conduct of war? Mansfield surveys America's wars from a theological perspective in order to understand the theological framing and religious rationale for each, where they came from, and what effect they had on behavior on the battlefield. Mansfield examines the religious nature of the warrior ethic today. There is a new generation on the battlefield now, one raised with less religious training and less connection to history than any that has come before. Soldiers are left to their own religious choices to frame their moral perspectives on war, on killing, and on the possibility of death. Mansfield explores these choices through the lens of his deep respect for the military ? he comes from a long line of U.S. Army officers ? and from his background as a Ph.D. in American history, and his more than twenty years? experience as a pastor.

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Format: Audiobook,   MP3 Audio,   Unabridged
Studio: Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD Lib Ed
Running Time: 240.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.4" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  MP3 CD
Release Date   Apr 26, 2005
Publisher   Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD Lib Ed
Edition  Library  
ISBN  1596003901  
ISBN13  9781596003903  

Availability  0 units.

More About Stephen Mansfield & Phil Gigante

Stephen Mansfield Stephen Mansfield is the New York Times best-selling author of The Faith of George W. Bush, Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission, and Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill, among other works of history and biography. Founder of both The Mansfield Group, a consulting and communications firm, and Chartwell Literary Group, which creates and manages literary projects, Stephen is also in wide demand as a lecturer and speaker. For more information, log on to David A. Holland is an author, speaker, media consultant, and award-winning copywriter who writes the popular blog and the satirical He is the co-author of Paul Harvey s America, as well as numerous articles, essays, and opinion pieces.


Stephen Mansfield currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. Stephen Mansfield was born in 1958.

Stephen Mansfield has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Generals
  2. Leaders in Action

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1Books > Subjects > History > Military Science
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > Faith
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Propaganda at best  Apr 13, 2008
This book is nothing more than propaganda, written and packaged in a manner that attempts to incite the patriotism of the readers in order to bring them to the author's obviously biased point of view. The author frequently cites statistics without source and uses one-sided examples and stories to prove his point. As an American Soldier (Marine), I am offended by the presumptions made within the book on the lack of morality of servicemembers who may not believe in the author's particular God.
Propaganda at best.  Apr 13, 2008
This book is nothing more than propaganda, written and packaged in a manner that attempts to incite the patriotism of the readers in order to bring them to the author's obviously biased point of view. The author frequently cites statistics without source and uses one-sided examples and stories to prove his point. As an American Soldier (Marine), I am offended by the presumptions made within the book on the lack of morality of those servicemembers who may not believe in the author's particular God.
Religion provides faith and the moral standard  Jan 3, 2008
The author presents a series of first person experiences of military personnel from the different services, and their religious views while serving in Iraq. This book presents the topic of religion and faith in providing the moral standard that guides these soldiers and prevents war crimes. It also presents how religion and faith boosts the spirit of soldiers during times of crisis. There are also events that shake a person's faith that leads to complete character change and slide.

What is an interesting theme of this book is how the media and social "experts" often view and portray the 18-23 year olds today as being selfish, agnostic, and uncaring towards society and others. After reading this book, a complete opposite view is seen of the young men and women who have volunteered to serve in an unpopular war in Iraq. These young men and women all volunteered to serve and place their lives in harm's way. This is the first time in the United States history that a war longer than one year has been fought completely with volunteers, not one draftee or person conscripted as being "expendable".

These young men and women have been raised in a civilian society, in which many civilian experts claim, of declining moral values and non-traditional homes of single parents, and little religious background. But after serving in a war zone, to give them the faith and moral belief on what they are performing in Iraq as an American soldier is morally correct, religion has become a key factor.

This book is a quick and easy reading. An excellent book that presents good viewpoints in a non-partisan way on how military service during wartime has affected American soldiers throughout history. Am very happy to own and have read this book. The book provides many topics worth researching and discussing on society.
Mansfield, Stephen. The Faith of an American Soldier  Dec 31, 2007
I bought the book for my brother-in-law for his birthday on the recommendation of my sister. I have heard him interviewed and was impressed with what he said about his experience in Iraq. The disappointment I have was the length of time it took for the book to be shipped. I was not impressed with the this site affliated book dealer using the full 10 business days to ship a book. If offered I would have paid more to get the book shipped sooner.

-C. in FL
Disappointing....  Dec 31, 2007
The title captured my interest but the negativity expressed through some of the descriptions of battle scenes bothered me especially since I have active military experience. Gross descriptions of allied soldiers killing Iraqis and then questioning motives did nothing other than undermine the reason the soldier is serving. Drawing quotes from Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 film disappointed me as I do not see Mr. Moore as a credible authority on the war and the American soldier. A little more independent thought from Mr. Mansfield would have made better use of my time. I do NOT recommend this book unless you are anti-war and looking for reasons to criticize our troops.

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