Thursday, May 06, 2004

I'm betting this will be an exceptionally inspirational book.
“Many of my media colleagues seem intent on ... confirming that troop morale is suffering or proving that our efforts to bring democracy to Iraq are fraught with failure,” FOX news correspondent and best-selling author Oliver North wrote in the forward of “A Greater Freedom: Stories of Faith from Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

Most reporters are blinded to the fact that American soldiers are offering Iraqis the hope of freedom and of celebrating their own faith, North, a retired Marine officer, wrote. They also ignore “the daily acts of Christian charity and compassion that are part and parcel of everyday activity for these young Americans.”

North served as executive editor for “A Greater Freedom,” a photo essay of Christian men and women who are risking their lives in Iraq. But the predominance of the work was done by Sara Horn, a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources’ corporate communications in Nashville, and Jim Veneman, a photojournalist at Union University in Jackson, Tenn.

Horn and Veneman twice ventured to the war zone representing Baptist Press to document how Christian servicemen and women handle war.

“I went because I felt this was something God called me to do,” Horn said. “I didn’t seek out any of this. I believe the stories we brought back can minister to people –- whether they are soldiers themselves, family members of soldiers or even people with no connection to the military.

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