Glenn Thomas agrees with that statement but shows in God Saw Them Through that who is praying back home is just as important. Thomas tells the story of Second Battalion-Eight Marines' preparations for the battle of taking Iraq and their urban warfare in An-Nasiriyah. After demonstrating the strong Christian faith of the leaders of "America's Battalion" and their families back home, he shows God's answers to prayer in protecting them. Not one marine in 2/8 died during their months in Iraq. All of their casualties, which were unusually few, were also minor in seriousness. No one was maimed or lost a limb, not even a finger or toe.
God Saw Them Through is a fascinating, inspiring, and convicting story about the answer to prayer for soldiers in warfare written by Thomas, the father of one of the marines in 2/8. Sometimes the military abbreviations overwhelm, such as one paragraph which includes the following: CO, XO, H&S Company, TAC CP (though definition is given), assistant S2, assistant S3, Main CP (definition given). Thomas gives all of the definitions at least once, but it can be confusing to those who are not familiar with military rankings and abbreviations. He also includes a helpful glossary, organizational charts, and some maps though a few more would be helpful.
Regardless of the difficulties of the abbreviations, the message comes through clearly. God answered the prayers of thousands on behalf of 2/8. Thomas records how more than once individuals back home were awakened to prayer just before 2/8 was going into battle and that God laid specific requests on their hearts that He answered through their prayers. This has been one of the most inspiring books about prayer that I've read in a long time.
Probably men and women with a military background will appreciate the style and content more than those of us who lack the background. This is a story that men in particular can enjoy. The first chapter bogs down a little with the introduction of the 2/8's leadership, but persevering through it pays off. Men and teenaged boys interested in the military might enjoy finding this book in their Christmas stocking.
God's miraculous answers to prayer in keeping the marines safe during firefights will inspire anyone, military or not, to pray. -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
Author Glenn Thomas is the father of a young Marine who served with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines (2/8) during Operation Iraqi Freedom this past year. During the lead-up and combat phases of the war last year, his son, his family, and numerous other believers within 2/8 and their families experienced the incredible leading of God in prayer, and the Marines of 2/8 experienced the supernatural protection of God in the battles. Glenn was compelled to document the amazing actions and testimonies of many of those involved.
He felt this story needed to be told to this generation and those following.
The manuscript was carefully researched and written. Over forty interviews were conducted with the various Marines and family members involved. One amazing fact is that every officer of the battalion gave credit to God for having protected them through divine intervention. Despite being at the center of some of the heaviest fighting of the war, not one Marine from 2/8 was killed or missing in action, and every one of the forty wounded remained on active duty.
This work has received very favorable reviews from many military leaders, including retired Marine General (four-star) Carleton W. Fulford, former commander of U.S. forces in NATO, who wrote the book's foreword.