After reading a promotion for Life in the War Zone – A Collection of Personal Stories Based on True Accounts by Paul White I went to the promo web page. I mostly read on the Kindle app on my phone. There was a link to contact the author for an e-book version so I contacted him asking about an electronic version and how I could pay him. He was kind enough to send me a free copy of the pre-final edit version.
How do I describe why the topic interests me? I have always been a compassionate and sympathetic person. I want to understand what hardship does to people so I can understand them and what they’ve been through. It is the same for war, disease, abuse, and any other tragedy that affects humanity. I could have read this faster than I did, but, I had to stop between some of the stories. I can only read so much tragedy before I have to put it down and recover.
The series of short stories and testimonies contained within the pages of this book, though not pretty, are deep, emotionally engaging and enlightening. We who are not directly affected by war need to understand the consequences of war on ordinary people.
This collection of testimonies is told through the voices civilian citizens of various war zones and soldiers on both sides of several conflicts. Their individual stories are heartbreaking and the effects of war are long lasting; lives are permanently changed, homes and loved ones are lost, physical injuries and emotional scars are left that may never fully heal.
Life in the War Zone met my expectations of what I’d be getting into when I read it. I’m glad I read it and recommend it to anyone who feels a human interest in the effects of war on ordinary individuals. You will be informed, emotionally heartbroken, and most likely enraged at what humans are capable of doing to each other in times of war. This book was well put together. I would liken the stark documentary nature of the individual stories to a written version of a National Geographic film documentary. You cannot be unaffected by the personal accounts found on these pages.
Peace and Blessings,