Finding God in the Shadows: Stories From the Battlefield of Life is a collection of non-fiction stories by military historian Peter Huchthausen, coupled with theological reflections by Marsha Hansen. Covering the period from WWII through the Cold War, the book offers a chance to examine faith and ethics through the personal stories of people in critical and unusually dangerous situations.
Marsha gives an overview of the book:
Frankl makes the powerful observation at the end of Man's Search for Meaning that we have come to know "man as that being who has invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also the being who entered those gas chambers upright with the Lord's Prayer ot the Shema Yisrael on his lips"
For decent people everywhere, responsible social action and, as Bonhoeffer proclaimed, "courageous intervention, and the readiness to suffer for what is acknowledged as right," help make the loving care of God more credible. Who will stand, if not you and me?
I am convinced that our ties and interactions with each other matter profoundly and have sacred as well as practical aspects, even when we label others our enemies. In our book, Finding God in the Shadows, there is an intention to provoke consideration of spiritual and ethical responses to difficult situations where answers are not always apparent. It is essentially a book about decency.
Marsha Hansen, a former Naval Officer turned educator, is the author of Finding God in the Shadows: Stories From the Battlefield of Life and My Soul is a Witness: The Message of the Spirituals in Word and Song. In her efforts to mine the rich legacy of...