Widgets

A Book Review: "Home and Away" A Story of Family In A Time Of War by David and Nancy French

I laughed and I cried (mostly laughed)! What a great book for military couples, their families and even their civilian friends! “Home and Away, A Story of Family in a Time of War” by David and Nancy French brought back memories and new images of warfare and families! This book will help military families see themselves during the two wars that our country is fighting! Or maybe, not the whole country as David felt as he read about a soldier with a family, wounded in war? “Why not me?” asked David. As a 37 year old, comfortable and living well as a lawyer, he was convinced of a gap between American civilians and our warriors and their families. Convicted of the need to serve, he began an odyssey to join the fray.


"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

Putting “Home and Away” down as they tell their story, Nancy from home with two children, David at work with the 2d Squadron, 3d Armored Calvary Regiment was impossible. The story of a family, chapter by chapter of their deployment; normal life in Nancy’s chapters in Tennessee but without David and CPT French's surreal life as a JAG beyond the wire with the troops. I fought back tears reading of our soldiers’ deaths; of children exposed to unthinking adults’ comments; but then of pride with how their church responded to one of their own on the field of battle; how the soldiers’ cared for the children of Iraq; followed the Rules of Engagement and honored their own service!

Then I interviewed and talked to David and Nancy and realized we were connected. They supported our armed forces like many do not. With their actions and decisions to sacrifice with career changes (David is a Harvard trained lawyer), impacts on Nancy's writing career, relocation and of course family separation during a deployment, they were part of “us”, the brotherhood of the military community that many do not understand. I asked them what they did right, what did their church do right and how did the children handle the deployment?


Author Nancy French
“Resilient” is how they described their children but when Dad and Mom decided to tell them about the deployment on the way to a Toys R Us they realized it was a big mistake! Hoping to make it a good event they miscalculated and turned Toys R Us into a bad memory (might not be a bad thing now though). They praised their church’s physical support in addition to spiritual! Many thanks for help with repairs, meals, care packages, even help with pulling a tooth (and that one brought a smile) showed a church that was involved.

They tell their story with open arms and an easy to read style so it can be a great book for a book club, friends to share and hand around for those currently deployed or facing deployment. It would be a great book for your civilian friends to better understand how military families cope with deployment and the stresses, what helps, what not to do and more!

We found the “Home and Away” in paperback on AAFES/Books A Million website and here is a list of other locations to find it as well:
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9781931722902_WhereToBuy.htm

Captain French


To read other book reviews please go to MilitaryAvenue's “Our Letters to You”!

1 comment:

  1. This is the first visit to this blog post. I really fall in love with your site. Your shared contents are worth to read. When I read this post it gives me positive energy. I have honestly never read such overwhelmingly good content like this. I agree with your points and your ideas. This info is really great. I don't know what to tell about your shared story, this is simply outstanding. I loved this post very much. I love blogging and love to read such informative blog posts.
    Military life has a lot of nuts and bolts. You know, the little military-esque things that make up just an ordinary day in the military life but are totally foreign concepts to everyone on the outside.

    Studies show that having just one real life, in-person friend can make all the difference. And military family officials really, really want to make that happen for you. That's why the military is packed with clubs and support systems to help you know people in your military unit and beyond. Maybe you want to get involved in your military unit. I just say guys your post gives us really great information... You have done really well work.

    Military life is full of things that are done because they are tradition. Ceremonies, military balls and pretty much any official event is the way it is thanks to tradition. Sometimes the traditions make sense. Sometimes they don't. At the end my request is please share with some more great post in the future.

    Helpful content and quite thought provoking in fact. Merely wanted to drop you a line to express that I think your webpage is a good reference. Undeniably one for my book marks. Carry on the fantastic work. All the best, Keep on blogging with new contents. I have shared this site with many of my friends.


    Veronica Segura
    Cheap essay writing service

    ReplyDelete

We Love Conversation and Comments! Please join us:

Related Posts with Thumbnails

MilitaryAvenue's Latest Resources on Pinterest