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No Place to Hide
By W. Lee Warren
Zondervan
Retail Price $22.99
Amazon Price: $17.36

Book Description: 

A War Zone of the Soul Dr. W. Lee Warren’s life as a neurosurgeon in a trauma center began to unravel long before he shipped off to serve the Air Force in Iraq in 2004. When he traded a comfortable if demanding practice in San Antonio, Texas, for a ride on a C-130 into the combat zone, he was already reeling from months of personal struggle. At the 332nd Air Force Theater Hospital at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Warren realized his experience with trauma was just beginning. In his 120 days in a tent hospital, he was trained in a different specialty—surviving over a hundred mortar attacks and trying desperately to repair the damages of a war that raged around every detail of every day. No place was safe, and the constant barrage wore down every possible defense, physical or psychological. One day, clad only in a T-shirt, gym shorts, and running shoes, Warren was caught in the open while round after round of mortars shook the earth and shattered the air with their explosions, stripping him of everything he had been trying so desperately to hold on to. Warren’s story is an example of how a person can go from a place of total loss to one of strength, courage, and victory. Whether you are in the midst of your own crisis of faith, failed relationship, financial struggle, or illness, you will be inspired to remember that how you respond determines whether you survive—spiritually, emotionally, and sometimes physically. It is the beginning of a long journey home.

 

Review

 

The topic of war is not an easy one.  There are differing views from multiple perspectives.  But you can’t argue with life experience.  This is an excellent read on the topic, regardless of your political views or thoughts on the war in the Middle East. The author shares his experiences working in the 332nd Air Force Theater Hospital at Joint Base Balad, Iraq in 2004.  It is
one of the best war memoirs I’ve read.  Though the topic is a serious one, Dr. Warren laced it with humor as he gave us an inside look at the harsh realities of war and an better understanding of the sacrifice our soldiers make daily to protect our freedom.  I don’t say it often, but this was a fantastic read.

~Reviewed by David H.

 

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