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The Beautiful and Horrible Realities of Human Existence

A Feature Review of :

For God and Country (In That Order):
Faith and Service for Ordinary Radicals

Logan Mehl-Laituri

Paperback: Herald Press: 2013
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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.

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Logan Mehl-Laituri - Reborn on the Fourth of JulyAn Embrace of Self-Denying Martyrdom

A review of

Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism and Conscience

Logan Mehl-Laituri

Paperback: InterVarsity Press, 2012.
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Reviewed by Shaun C. Brown

I was a senior in high school, and three short months away from my eighteenth birthday, when 9/11 took place.  I decided that day that when I turned eighteen I was going to enlist.  A short time later, I received a call from a recruiter who informed me of the scholarship opportunities I could have if I joined the armed forces.  My mother forbid me from doing so.  If she had not, my life probably would have turned out much differently.

From the safe environment of a Christian college, I read Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy, in which he challenged readers to read the Gospels straight through repeatedly.  Through my reading of both Willard’s work and the Gospels, I became convinced that something was wrong with my views concerning violence and nationalism.  I was then later introduced to the writings of Stanley Hauerwas and John Howard Yoder, who showed me further the centrality of nonviolence to the gospel.

Logan Mehl-Laituri came to pacifism through a very different path.  Mehl-Laituri served in the Army, which included one deployment to Iraq, until he applied to be a noncombatant conscientious objector and was discharged with an “adjustment disorder.”

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Book Giveaway: Reborn on the Fourth of JulyOur Latest Book Giveaway…

We’re giving away 5 copies of :

Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism and Conscience.
Logan Mehl-Laituri.

Paperback: IVP/ Likewise, 2012.

[ Read an excerpt of the book here… ]


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An excerpt from the new book

Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism and Conscience.

Logan Mehl-Laituri.

Foreword by Shane Claiborne.
Paperback: IVP/Likewise, 2013.
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We will be giving away five copies of this book next week…
Watch for that and for our review later this month!

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