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No Atheists In Foxholes [Hardcover]

By McLaughlin Patrick (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.43" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 31, 2008
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849919983  
EAN  9780849919985  

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Collects the prayers and observations of Navy Chaplain Patrick McLaughlin from emails, private notes, and personal conversations, offering insight into the resilience of faith among soldiers and civilians in Iraq during the U.S. occupation.

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Experience gripping wartime stories and honest prayers by this Camp David chaplain now serving in Iraq.

When words mean less and less, but money talks more and more; when blasphemy is a best seller, and eternal war has replaced hopeful diplomacy; in times like these is prayer even possible? Patrick J. McLaughlin thinks so. McLaughlin is an active duty Navy Chaplain who has ministered to heads of state and to soldiers living and dying in the heat of Iraq.

No Atheists in Foxholes assembles Chaplain McLaughlin's experiences and prayers from e-mails, private notes, and personal conversations that take us real-time into realms of duty and spirit: from the quiet darkness of his infant son's New England bedroom on September 11, 2001, to the bomshelled medical tents and blistered Army Humvees of Anbar Province. Chaplain McLaughlin believes that prayer is not only possible, but critical. "We must all learn to pray for peace," he says, "and then become an answer to that prayer."

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Of course there are atheists in foxholes!  Apr 2, 2010
If the author wants to write about how important religion is to many soldiers in the military and especially during combat, fine. I have no problem with that. What I and other atheists protest is the direct slam against against by the inane statement, "no atheists in foxholes." Of course there are atheists in foxholes! There is the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers which gives the names of individuals who were before, during and after combat atheists. How anyone can believe that this cliche is true, I have no idea. I think it goes to the bigotry against atheists which is still very much not only allowed and tolerated but too often encouraged. I honor Christians who served in combat for our military and would never state that when Christians fight in battle, they become atheists. I don't know if the writer of this book realizes how offensive this statement is towards atheists but it is in fact very much is.
A "must-read" for any military family  Mar 10, 2010
The author's stories lean towards his time while deployed with the Marine Corps, but he has stories about all the branches of the military. The book is eye-opening, inspiring, humbling, and heart-wrenching. Our son is a relatively new Marine still in training, who will someday be deployed. I'm glad my husband and I are reading this before he leaves, and I'm sure we'll refer back to it when he's out of country. No matter what your views are regarding any wars currently going on, every American should read this book! I highly recommend it!
Even the title of this book is a lie  Dec 25, 2009
If you repeat a lie enough times then it becomes truth in popular culture. The lie is that Atheists do not serve or that we convert when faced with danger.
I served in Iraq & Afghanistan and I am an Atheist. Not to mention that there are many other Atheists serving like myself. That alone makes this Navy "officur" nothing but a liar. If you want to read a book written by a liar then go right ahead and waste your time.

The constitution protects Atheists no matter what you christian zealots claim. The freedom of religion is by very nature the freedom from religion. Why are you not allowed to put the 10 commandments in courts? Because by doing that you violate my Constitutional rights. The courts have already ruled on that.

All we have here with this book is a couple hundred pages of much unneeded religious fundamentalism. The good thing about this book filled with intolerance is that it straight out tells us secularists this much:
1. Sure we Christians will have you serve with us in the war on terror but we will not aknowledge your existance. More so, we will lie through our teeth and claim you do not exist.
2. Those on the Religious Right will lie with a straight face and smear Atheists by making the absurd claim that all Atheists are just antiwar leftists who hate the United States.
3. This war on terror is a religious war (even though the christians will not admit it) This war is a war between backwards savages called Muslims and Christians along with their Jewish buddies. Since the jihadists have declared war against the entire west that means that we Atheists have been also targeted by the jihadists, and we secularists must defend the United States and we must serve this nation regardless of the fundy christians wild claims.

Lastly a message to those Christians who will attack me: If you are a Christian and did not serve in the Armed Forces and you attack me for my beliefs or service you are just going to get laughed at and otherwise ignored. Once you actually sacrificed for your freedom then you can talk to me.
If you are a serviceman or veteran and you want me to listen then you better admit first and foremost that we Atheists do serve in the military and that the "no Atheists in foxholes" is a myth and lie. Otherwise you are just lying and there is no need for me to waste any of my time with liars.
A Call to... Prayer  Jul 9, 2009
Navy Chaplain Patrick McLaughlin's "No Atheists In Foxholes" (2008 252-page hardback) is a prayer book of rare proportions. I have read it with interest and enthusiasm since its recent gifting by a relative. Chaplain McLaughlin's is a call to prayer.

The good chaplain's methodology is interesting and informative. Each brief section (no chapter numbers are used) is prefaced with a prayer written by McLaughlin for the occasion of its story. Often a prayer also follows his narrative. He has penned over seventy prayers here. (Most of the narratives are too brief thus affording the book only four stars.)

McLaughlin confesses himself, early on, a "fairly conservative Lutheran" (page 4) having been ordained in May of 1989 and joining the US Navy in 1993 (page xv). This book emerges from his tours of duty at Camp David and in the Middle East through the past 20, or so, years. He explains that the payers of this book take "center stage" and are the point for his publishing.

As a chaplain McLaughlin understands himself as a religious servant for all occasions with those in need. His theological base is approachable and ecumenical. Sometimes, this ecumenicity seems to surprise him. In deed, his is struck by Muslim willingness to receive US military medical aid (pages 18-19) and the friendliness of noncombatants (page 66-68).

This servant hood is not naiveté but rather pleasantly unforeseen. McLaughlin prays for everyone (those fighting, those not fighting, dependents, leaders, those far away, those close at hand, and many more) and might suggest that not all mid eastern Muslims are at war with the West.

McLaughlin's prayers are focused and poignant. Many are reusable in a variety of spiritual contexts. The book is recommended to all because of McLaughlin's stories and the prayers prayed for them.
The Way the Chaplaincy is SUPPOSED to Be  Dec 20, 2008
I entered the Navy Chaplaincy in 1975, and served at OCS, with Marines in California, and on sea duty. When I went to Chaplain School, I was taught that as Chaplains we had one duty: To provide for our people. In some cases, such as general military counseling (I hate the Navy, I am having financial problems, etc), almost every Chaplain can do this; it is part of our seminary training, and living with our people in the same situations gives us that ability. But the real challenge was to provide for our people's religious needs. And here it got trickier. Obviously, there are many for whom we CAN provide directly for their needs. For others, our task was to connect the sailor or Marine with a Chaplain of his/her faith, or one close enough to help.

Serving as a Chaplain in the military environment is difficult; not only pastorally, but in terms of one's own faith and dedication. It requires generosity of spirit and a willingness to welcome others with whom you disagree. As a Christian chaplain, when we deployed, I needed to make sure that my Jewish personnel had the items they needed, if possible, for Passover. As a Protestant Chaplain, I needed to make sure my Catholic personnel had what they needed, including finding a Lay Leader, and making sure he had the supplies he needed to lead them. This is what we were trained for in Chaplain School.

In the last ten years, especially, too often this has changed. A new generation of military personnel and too many Chaplains, have latched on to the ideas that their "right" to proselytize all other personnel with their own brand of (usually "evangelical") Christianity takes precedence over everything else. As a result, the ability to pray inclusively, to support the rights of other faiths, and the rights of those of no faith, is being lost all too often. We have Christians, both Chaplains and lay people, often directly against military orders, trying to "witness" or "bring the Good news of Christ" to the Iraqis, for instance. At present the military is in turmoil over this issue.

It is against this environment that Chaplain McLaughlin's book comes as a true glimmer of light. He goes to show that a Chaplain can keep his own integrity, not go against his own faith, and yet be open and welcoming to all those with whom he ministers. He can witness with integrity, and find ways of reaching out to young people, predominantly, who are dealing, perhaps for the first time, with ultimate questions, of life and death, of faith and hopelessness, of boredom and terror, of all the things that go into the lives of the military with whom he serves. This book should be required reading for all those who would enter the discussion concerning the roles of Chaplains and religion itself in the Armed Forces, beginning with the Secretary of Defense, and the leadership of the military, both civilian and uniformed personnel.

The book is well written, and of excellent devotional material. It should be read slowly, reflectively, and many of the prayers can be adopted as our own. Chaplain McLaughlin has done a wonderful job with this! Bravo Zulu, Chaplain!

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