This novel is divided into three parts:
1. Predeployment 2007
3. Reintegration 2008
Darren Turner spends 15 months in Iraq as an army chaplain. This leaves his wife Heather at home to take care of their three children but also to help the army wives whose husbands are also in Iraq. Even though they both feel called by God, neither realizes the hardships they will face. Darren gives glimpses of what the soldiers are having to go through. Such eye-opening detail is given that is hard to comprehend. But Heather faces fear of her husband not coming home and jumps every time she hears the doorbell ring. But she also spends time with the wives that lose their husbands in the war. She struggles being a single mom, responsible for all the details of their children's lives.
The big hardship is when Darren comes home totally changed by his experiences and will not share any details with his wife. The whole family is upended. No meaningful communication to the point they find themselves separating.
Travel for a brief time with a family that experiences what so many other deployed soldiers with family at home experience.
One example given in the story really stuck with me. Jesus also served a deployment when he left Heaven and came to earth. Many soldiers have died to keep us free but Jesus gave his life so that ALL could be free.
This novel is based on the motion picture by David G. Evans and is inspired by true events. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie now that I have read the book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit, but I was not required to write a review.