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A Table in the Presence

by Lieutenant Carey H. Cash
237 pages, Biography/History
Reviewed by Nienna

Thought-provoking read with some violent content making the book best for older teens and up.

Plot

Lt. Cash is a chaplain in the U.S. Marines. This is the story of him and the men of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment as they move into the heart of Iraq, always surrounded by enemies, and witness God's work in their lives and battles. Starting with the Battalion moving into Iraq after over a month in Kuwait, A Table in the Presence guides the reader along the men's journey until after the decisive battle in Baghdad on April 10th, including many of the soldier's, including Cash's, back stories and how they came to be where they were.

Morality

Very high, wickedness is shown for what it is: wickedness.

Spiritual Content

The author is a chaplain and the book's focus is on God therefore there are many references to Him, soldiers become believers and are baptized, etc. Throughout the book Lt. Cash shows how God was working in the soldiers and battles and all glory is given to Him for everything.

Violence

As this takes place on the front lines of war, there are frequent deaths and injuries, but these are not graphically described and are more sad than disturbing.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None that I recall.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Possibly a few incorrect uses of God's name.

Conclusion

An amazing story of God's work in the deserts of Iraq, A Table in the Presence helped me understand many things I had not previously and gave me awe for our awesome God. It is a thought-provoking, touching story which gave me a wonderful glimpse into the lives of these soldiers.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: adult

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