By Harold Ristau
Although the ethical and moral dimensions of NATO presence in Afghanistan has been the focal point of dialogue by way of politicians and media alike, questions of the non secular tradition and spirituality that underlie the complexities of either the clash and convictions of these affected have hardly ever been mentioned. The entries of this thought-provoking magazine provide a distinct window into this unusual and unpredictable war-torn realm from the point of view of a Christian military chaplain who has skilled the terrors of warfare "from the foxhole." This diary represents the brutally sincere, but deeply religious reflections and questions of a Lutheran clergyman whose objective isn't to justify, yet to list, the lifetime of religion. sign up for Padre Ristau in a trip marked via episodes of ask yourself and fight, get together and worry, and are available away . . . replaced. real tales: a few inspiring; a few scary. but none of them stay surprising to the Divine.
"At Peace with War is without doubt one of the such a lot considerate, genuine, frank, and sincere debts of what it capacity to be a chaplain in a theatre of operations within the twenty-first century. you will discover that Captain Ristau pulls no punches and that he calls them as he sees them . . . This e-book is a must-read for these considering a occupation as an army chaplain; for these serving chaplains who're trying to find a useful technique of getting ready themselves for ministry in a theatre of operations; for these trying to achieve a greater appreciation of Afghan tradition; or just for these drawn to researching what the army chaplain can carry to the fight."
--Brigadier basic David C. Kettle CMM, CD, DD
Chaplain normal of the Canadian Forces, Retired
"Chaplain Harold Ristau's At Peace with War finds the very human struggles of the chaplain's excessive calling in the middle of uncertainty, hazard, brutal stipulations, and the truth of accidents, wounds, and deaths. it is a must-read for any army member, or their households, to assist them come to grips with the non secular demanding situations of wartime army service."
--LtCol Carl H. Krueger Jr.
President, SELC (Synod of Evangelical Lutheran church buildings) District, LCMS
U. S. army, Retired
"Christian humans and their pastors can study the following approximately how tenets of the religion are usually not simply rules on paper, yet really jump to lifestyles whilst obvious throughout the lens of worry, boredom, separation from household, and the ubiquitous possibility of demise . . . if you are searching for systematic theology or an writer claiming to be a hero, you have come to the inaccurate position with this publication. but when you must meet a workaday chaplain displaying how religion and soldering can stroll jointly, i like to recommend At Peace with War very hugely indeed."
President, Lutheran Church-Canada
Rev. Dr. Harold Ristau (PhD, McGill University), Lutheran Pastor, Reformation pupil, and writer of Understanding Martin Luther's Demonological Rhetoric in His Treatise opposed to the Heavenly Prophets (1525), turned a chaplain of the Canadian Forces after numerous years of cross-cultural ministry within the city settings of Montréal and Toronto within which his paintings among Asian refugees and immigrants brought on a wish to serve either his state and his Church overseas.
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