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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Basked on Military Journal: Iraq, Religion and Spirituality

Title: Not in the Wind, Earthquake, or Fire
Author: Philip Sharp
Genre: Iraq War/Religion & Spirituality
ISBN-13: 978-1470159986
ISBN-10: 1470159988
Not in the Wind, Earthquake, or Fire is a book based on the journal Staff Sergeant Sharp wrote during his second deployment to Iraq from 2006 to 2007. The setting is in what was known as the "Triangle of Death", a hot bed of activity and sanctuary for the insurgency. The Iraqis called it, "The Graveyard of the Americans". During this deployment 21 soldiers from Task Force Polar Bear (4-31 Infantry, Fort Drum, NY) were killed, 3 were captured, and far more were wounded. It is in these conditions that Staff Sergeant Sharp recorded his events, reflected on the reality of life, and vented over the circumstances. You will see the daily life of combat soldiers and the conditions they worked under. Not in the Wind, Earthquake, or Fire is not just a book about the Iraq War; it is also a testimony of a soldier's walk with God during those times. Philip Sharp carefully recounts many spiritual lessons that he learned while deployed and appeals to the reader to see God in their everyday circumstances.
Author Biography
Philip Sharp has served for 20 years in the US Army Infantry during which he graduated from Ranger School, completed 22 parachute jumps, and served as a Drill Sergeant. He has worked in a variety of locations to include South Korea and the jungles of Panama. He deployed to Iraq three separate times from 2003 until 2010. He has published articles and war game simulations in Strategy & Tactics magazine and currently is a contributing columnist for Modern War magazine. Philip is retired from active duty service and now lives in West Virginia with his wife Heather and four children were they are creating an all-natural farm and serving in church ministries.
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