A Feature Review of :
For God and Country (In That Order):
Faith and Service for Ordinary Radicals
Reviewed by Dana Cassell
Midway through his newest book, For God and Country (In That Order), Logan Mehl-Laituri explains the title. “One can serve God and country (in that order), since the interests of each will sometimes overlap,” he says, but “the difficult task is discerning when those interests are opposed and acting in conflict with each other.” To that end, the book offers something of an anthology, stories of soldiers from antiquity to today who have served their countries and their God, sorting through allegiances that are sometimes in concert and other times in conflict. Mehl-Laituri himself categorizes this book as a “hagiographic almanac,” a collection of self-contained stories of holy people meant to form practitioners in the field of faithful discernment, those asking what it means to love both God and country.