Paul M. Kendel (SSG Ret.) deployed with his National Guard unit out of
Georgia to Iraq in 2005 hoping to use his knowledge of that land to
bridge the gap between American soldiers and Iraqi civilians. However,
the realities of war crushed his idealism when his buddies began dying
at the hands of the enemy six weeks after their arrival. Eventually, his
ongoing concern for the Iraqi people alienated some of his comrades,
and he felt the sting of growing conflict within himself.
the books on Buddhist teachings he had brought with him, he found solace
in the written words, but he longed for more. On a whim, he emailed
Shambhala International and requested assistance. An unexpected response
and ongoing support from Buddhist teacher and meditation instructor
Margot Neuman helped him to retain a sane and humble humanity in a
situation that often plummeted into lethal insanity.
addresses the horrors of war from an extraordinary human perspective.
SSG. Kendel did not lose his compassion in the face of grave risk, nor
did he endanger fellow soldiers while he remained true to himself--rare
feats in our violent world.
247 pages. Paperback.