About the Book
The book, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front, represents hundreds of years of history that, up until now, has gone largely unnoticed and uncelebrated. While generations have gone to war, those who stayed behind were the backbone holding them up.
These stories capture the fascinating and inspiring history of the heroes at home, from the very foundation of our nation up until the present day. The book is organized into themed weeks that begin with “original words” —an excerpt from a letter, journal, news article, etc.—and end with “glimpses into daily life,” which give a richer taste of what life was like during a particular period of history. The stories are personal snapshots of real individuals who survived—and in many cases thrived—while displaying great courage, love, and personal sacrifice on the home front.
For the older wars, we relied on primary documents as much as possible, through the use of many state and national historical societies’ archives across the country, as well as out-of-print books now digitized and placed online. The more recent wars afford us the luxury of being able to interview dozens of people who lived through them. In fact, the best way to share many of the home front experiences during the wars in the Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan, was to let these individuals share their own stories, in their own words.
We, the co-authors, were truly inspired by what we uncovered about our rich American heritage. We hope that you will enjoy these stories of faith and courage as much as we have enjoyed discovering them for ourselves. The trials and triumphs represented in this book, whether they took place yesterday or years ago, point us to timeless truths we can each apply to our own lives. God’s Word was relevant to them, and it is just as relevant to us today.