A Navy chaplain from a pacifist Quaker tradition offers a powerful and surprising account of the human side of the Iraq war.
War exposes the divide between who we think we are and how we behave in extreme situations. Sheri Snively, who served as a Quaker chaplain with the U.S. Navy, has crafted a vivid, unsettling, and ultimately hopeful personal account of the effects of the Iraq war on soldiers and civilians in Heaven in the Midst of Hell.
As she served with the Marines working amid the boredom, tension, and seemingly meaningless carnage at a trauma hospital between Ramadi and Fallujah, Commander Snively experienced firsthand the grim reality of combat. As she recounts the way she and the soldiers around her experience war, she negotiates a compassionate path to healing—marked not by formulaic answers, but by an open and questioning spirit.
Illustrated with the author’s own evocative photographs, Heaven in the Midst of Hell is a compelling and unforgettable journey into the human soul. A portion of proceeds from the book will benefit wounded warrior charities.