In the haze before sunset, on the first day of the siege, an enemy rocket destroyed the last building still standing in the village of Dak Seang.
[Opening line of Blaze of Light]
This was a difficult one to read—mainly because my mind tended to gravitate to my dad, a Vietnam War Vet, who lived through similar experiences. I found this story most challenging because it’s not a work of fiction. Yet, I love a book that makes me FEEL.
War, in itself, is a tragic and harrowing thing, but the act of returning home afterward is often overlooked. It’s heartbreaking to think about how our men (boys) struggled and how they were unjustly treated upon their return. The book encases so many emotions, so many facets—grief, sacrifice, love, guilt, and extreme heroism, and a faith that ties everything together.
Green Beret Medic, and Medal of Honor recipient, Gary Beikirch, showed incredible strength in his journey of perseverance, redemption, and faith. An astonishing and inspiring model of an overcomer.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.