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This book is a tremendous contribution to understanding Moral Injury, an impact of war largely unseen through ignorance or design. It should compel us individually and as nations to tackle mythologies contrived to glorify wars at the cost of the moral wellbeing of those sent to fight them—and to stop ignoring the costs to any nation’s collective soul.
This brilliant, timely, and compelling collection of essays, poems and reflections on the experience of war from those who fought the fight and are still fighting war’s demons, sheds urgently needed light on the moral “wounds” of our combat veterans and how we, our society, and especially faith organizations can reach out to assist them in their time of need.
The finest resource yet on Moral Injury, this collection—historical, literary, contemporary, scholarly, and experiential—offers us all deep knowledge to understand and address the suffering revealed in these pages.
War and Moral Injury is not only a work from the conscience, but from the heart. This earnest and moving collection of essays, poems, memoirs and meditations gives us a much-needed view of what it is to be human in the face of war, of how we are not made to kill, and of how doing so injures the human soul. A stunning and essential book.
An invaluable guide on the path to a fuller understanding of moral injury.
The Editors and Contributors are donating their royalties to Soldier’s Heart, whose mission is to transform the emotional, moral, and spiritual wounds that often result from war and military service.