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Thomas Nelson A Table in the Presence

Faced with the task of seizing Saddam Hussein's palace in Baghdad, the 1st Marine battalion ran headlong into armed loyalist forces. When the smoke of the 8-hour conflict cleared, only one American soldier was dead. Chaplain Cash tells the story of the undeniable miraculous presence of God in this decisive battle of the Iraq war. 240 pages, softcover from Nelson.
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Review 1 for A Table in the Presence
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Date:November 29, 2012
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Jasmine
Location:Plymouth, MN
Age:18-24
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This inspiration-packed book is a retelling of a first hand experience dealing with God and war. It allows you to step into the life of Lieutenant Carey H. Cash and learn what it was like for him as a U.S. Marine Chaplain serving in the first ground combat battalion in the war in Iraq. He illustrates his involvement in the fight for peace in a land of chaos. As Lt. Cash describes his relationships with several U.S. Marines, you will gain understanding and compassion for those men. The Bible is a constant reference for Cash in this book, and it is interesting to see how scripture was active in his life as a chaplain.
The highlights of this book included Lt. Cash’s ability to relate personal experience to his audience and his eloquent writing style. Even without prior knowledge of the military, it is easy to follow this memoir and to understand Cash’s perspective of the war. He explains his situations, without being overly descriptive. For example, when he is describing the children in Baghdad it is impossible not to feel their suffering through his words. He contrasts their characteristics with those of his own children so that people in America can understand their differences. Lt. Cash’s mastery of the English language makes this book easy to follow as well as stimulating.
The only part of this book that I had an issue with was the organization. It seemed as though Lt. Cash had a difficult time cutting out any of the personal stories of the men he served with. Long tangents about each individual drew away from the main story, which was his presence in the war.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in examining a first-hand account of the war in Iraq through a Christian Perspective.
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Review 2 for A Table in the Presence
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This book is very moving

Date:December 6, 2011
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Alex Bolt
This book offered an in-depth look into the life of a soldier on the front lines and how he applied his disciplined faith in God to the challenges that met him. It is from a unique perspective because few soldiers have the ability and privilege to hear the intimate, personal stories of so many fellow comrades that a chaplain does. The second reason why Carey Cash’s perspective is unique is because of his position in one of the most controversial, significant military operations of our time. Operation Iraqi freedom is of monumental historical importance and to have a book an eye witness in the position that Carey was in is a rare gem. A final reason why Carey’s perspective is so unique is because of the revelations from his fellow soldiers that he records in the book. He was in a position to have hardened men of war confide in him and entrust their very souls to him. Anyone interested in military affairs has to find this book compelling and interesting. That is one of the strong points of this book: it offers a unique, highly intriguing perspective. For the student of history and/or military affairs, this is a must read.
The book emphasizes personal accounts and at times, it seems to over-emphasize them. I often wondered what was going on outside of a few individual’s experiences at certain points of the war that the book describes. But I would have to say that, overall, the emphasis on personal accounts is the better route to go since they are easy to relate to and they give the story a touch of humanity that is easy for the reader to understand. That being said, the book could have included more objective summary of what was happening during the war so that the reader isn’t left wondering what was happening beyond a certain unit.
The sentence variety that Carey uses gives the narration a touch of elegance. He uses short and compound sentences to explain a situation and then personalize it with short expressions of relatable emotion. He paints excellent mental pictures with his descriptive style and one feels much more educated about the men and women who serve our country when they read the author’s accounts of them. Many passages of the book are heart-wrenching regardless of experience with military situations or conditions. People will be shocked and moved by what soldiers go through every day, from the painful phone calls home to the shock and horror of having your good friend shot to death a foot away from you. Cash is a master at relating personal experience to his audience and this book is a masterpiece of storytelling, not only because it deals with a fascinating and exciting time in history, but because it describes the lives of Carey’s fellow soldiers so well. At times, he seems to go off on rabbit trails which make it hard to focus on the important points, but it is a forgivable offense when one looks back on all the personal accounts and puts them together at the end of the book.
If there is one thing that I have an issue with in this book, it is the structure of the narrative. It begins with an intense build-up that has Carey Cash about to crash over the border into Iraq with his unit, ready to engage and destroy any enemy that he might meet. But just as he describes how he crosses the border, he backtracks and tells his life story, leaving the reader hanging and full of suspense. In the lengthy section of his life story, the reader all but forgets what was about to happen before. Then the story splinters off into mini-narratives about the people around Carey Cash. Like I said before, this is a good thing because it adds a colorful personal element to the story, but it muddles the direction of the narrative and the climax of the story almost ambushes you without any warning. There is little build-up because one is focused on the many personal stories. But overall, this was an incredibly moving book and a must-read for everyone.
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Review 3 for A Table in the Presence
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Date:July 15, 2008
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Carl Schlender
Truly inspirational! An awesome writing of how God works in our lives every day, and more importantly that miracles happen still today! You will be awestruck and amazed at the testimonies of our brave men and women of our U.S. military!
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Review 4 for A Table in the Presence
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Date:June 26, 2008
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Have read it twice already and received something different out of it both times. This is the stuff that the news media should talk about. What an amazing story of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, but then that is when God works His wonderful grace.
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Review 5 for A Table in the Presence
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Date:June 12, 2008
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Steve Davidson
As a retired Army Chaplain who served in the first Gulf War, I very much enjoyed, was blessed by, and could identify with this book. It's thrilling to read of God's actions anywhere, but especially in these circumstances. You don't see that in the media. I gave a copy to my son for Christmas. He has served a tour in Afghanistan and will probably head for Iraq soon. Excellent book!!!
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Review 6 for A Table in the Presence
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Date:July 6, 2007
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agnes mendiola
This is one book I'd highly recommend to unbelievers. It makes one truly a believer. While reading through it my mind was mesmerized believing it was showing "live". Thank you Lt. Cash for the God-given talent that you put to use to glorify the Almighty god! It is awesome!
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Review 7 for A Table in the Presence
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Date:June 2, 2007
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Denise Curry
I purchased this book for my son who is in Iraq. I started to read it prior to giving it to him-I could not put it down! It was comforting for me, as a parent, to read of the miracles that the Marine battalion had experienced, the many men who came to Christ during that time and also of the love the soldiers had for each other. My son started reading this book while training. It has helped him to refocus on his spiritual life. It is definitely the best book for soldier or civilian!!
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Review 8 for A Table in the Presence
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Date:April 4, 2007
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J.C.
Awesome! This is the best war book I've ever read on the War in Iraq ! It shows the true face of Christian soldiers under fire, not what the media protrays on TV. When it climaxes @ the Battle of Baghdad, it's almost as if you can feel God's omminent presense as AK-47 rounds and RPGs whizz these brave men. I would highly recommend this for anyone wants to understand the War in Iraq and it's soldiers.
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Review 9 for A Table in the Presence
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Date:February 28, 2007
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Billy Morris
My son was killed in Irag Fed. 14, 2007, 2/3 Marines. I needed to read something that would allow me to get a sense of what it is like there and this book has brought that to me. I am thankful to those that have contributed to this fine work. Thank you.
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Review 10 for A Table in the Presence
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Date:February 24, 2007
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arnold Long
With a son and close nephew in the military, I was especially interested to read real life stories from Iraq. It is uplifting and encouraging to read the frontline account of men experiencing God's protection and presence. Should be mandatory reading for all members of Congress to understand why the US and allies are there. I started reading late Saturday evening finished early Sunday morning. I remember the line "there are no atheists in the fox holes" and it holds true today as it did in previous wars. Truly worth reading. What brave men, what a great God we serve. I have already encouraged others to read it.
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Review 11 for A Table in the Presence
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Date:June 28, 2006
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Gaye R.
This is an inspiring book that shows God's presence in the worst of circumstances.
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Review 12 for A Table in the Presence
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Date:January 8, 2006
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Jennifer Pettigrew
MY father recieved this book as a Christmas gift and I picked it up to read it because my husband is a Marine who served in a sister battalion 2/5. It was amazing inspirational read that gave me some insight to what my husband and his men went through and what God did for them. I could not put this one down and read it in a couple days.
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Review 13 for A Table in the Presence
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Date:December 22, 2005
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Neil Richardson
Wow! When I picked up this book, I did not expect it to be as inspirational as it is. Sometimes, it is not "easy reading" (because war is not a pleasant topic). But it always brings a deep appreciation for our military and profound glory to God. Thank you, Lt. Cash, for your sacrificial service and for your recounting God's miraculous involvement in our lives.
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Review 14 for A Table in the Presence
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Date:July 13, 2005
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Gina Farnswoth
Talk about an inspirational book. I couldn't put it down at times. My husband read it after me & thought the same thing. Lt Cash was something else along with all the Military persons. To find faith so far away. Brings chills just thinking about it. Thank you so much.
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