Thursday, October 6, 2011

"I Pray Hardest When I'm Being Shot" At Book Tour


My grandfather fought in World War II. He was at D-Day + 1 and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. Unfortunately, I know very little about his experiences in the war. He refused to discuss much other than an occasional comment here and there up until the day he dies. He believed that this was part of his life that was best left behind. Due to this, I didn’t often question him. In addition to my husband and my mother, my grandfather is one of the most special and influential people I have had in my life. I wish I knew more about his experiences in order to understand him.

“I Pray Hardest When I’m Being Shot At”, written by Kyle Garret, is the life story of Robert Stuart, Garrett’s grandfather. Kyle Garret provides a powerful tribute to his grandfather by chronicling his grandfather’s impressive career and experiences in three wars. It also discusses the love between his grandfather and grandmother and the ability for their relationship to survive the wars and thrive. This is not to say that there weren’t bumps along the way!

I have to say that I am impressed with Garret’s ability to collect so much information and piece it together to tell his grandfather’s story. I wish that I had done that and it has motivated me to at least perform a little research about the artillery unit in which my grandfather belonged. As I read this book, I often found myself in awe of the conditions that these soldiers faced and situations they were in. It is utterly amazing and I can’t imagine myself in their shoes. I love hearing stories about couples that were married for fifty to sixty years. I certainly hope I am one of those women that can boast about this in the future.

Garret’s love for his grandfather and family is so apparent and this book is a testament to it. I thought it was clever of Garret to switch back and forth from talking about his grandfather’s life to him discussing his grandfather’s failing health and dealing with his loss. It made me catch my breath a little in recalling my own grandfather and my loss.

Read more about Kyle Garret and his book on his website, and blog!
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Thank you very much to Kyle Garret for allowing me the opportunity to review his book.

Great news!  I have a free paper copy of I Pray Hardest When I'm Being Shot At for one lucky reader!  Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

*Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post.  I received a free copy of the book for the purpose of this review.  The opinions expressed here are my own. 

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  1. I have a dear memory of visiting my great-grandfather before he passed away. I was only 2 years old, but I remember going to his bedside and seeing him.

    Thanks for the neat giveaway! My husband would love this book.

  2. I have many memories of my grandparents on my Moms side. They raised me and so they were like my parents. Rita Spratlen



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