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."
|About the Contributor(s)||Patrick McLaughlin
Patrick McLaughlin, STM, MDiv is a Lutheran Pastor who's served as an active duty Navy Chaplain since 1992. He's a veteran of two Operation Iraqi Freedom deployments with surgical, shock and trauma and mortuary affairs units with the USMC/Navy team. Prior to deploying to Iraq he had the honor of serving for three years as the Chaplain to the President and First Family at Camp David. He's served with all five branches of the U.S. military during his career including Navy ships, Marine helicopter squadrons, Coast Guard river units and Army and Air Force communications units. Patrick and his wife, Leigh, are the parents of five children from college to elementary ages. They've also been foster and group home parents together. Toss in 6 cats and 4 dogs and the McLaughlin home in beautiful, coastal Sneads Ferry, NC is always a place of adventure and excitement. He can be reached through his website: www.pjmcbooks.com
|Publish Date||Apr 13, 2010|