Book Review | Honeymoon in Baghdad by Heidi Radkiewicz | This Journey Through Life
This memoir is such a cute love story. Get it for your summer reading collection – it’s gonna be a GREAT beach-read for you. Or just an easy, lazy summer day by-the-pool-read.
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At the beginning of ‘Honeymoon in Baghdad‘, the author starts off with partially explaining her earlier years, mixing in a bit of the more recent Baghdad-past. I love how she separates them by using italics for the Army narratives so the reader can distinguish that it’s a different time period.
For the earlier-in-life part, she explains how she grew up going to church, but then as an adult seems to get away from that. It ends up kind of being a secular book.
She never loses her faith, but she does choose to live with her (now husband, but then boyfriend). She even calls it “living in sin”. We don’t really find out her husband’s background in his faith. It’s more the story of her life, how they met, her perspective on their relationship through their “honeymoon period”, and her time in the Army National Guard.
She’s very relatable, and the book is easy to read and makes you not want to put it down.
Also useful – she explains many of the military terms and describes some of the unfamiliar things, realizing that not everyone who reads it will understand.
I can’t imagine being newlyweds and having to be in combat together. The stress that it would seem to take on a relationship, though, seems to have made their bond stronger.
A couple confusing parts
She mentions “PX” quite a bit, but doesn’t explain what it is. It leaves the reader to have to look it up on their own.
At one point in the story, they were headed to Saddam Hussein’s palace. I didn’t understand why – we were after him, not supposed to be guarding his palace. And they were going on in like they owned the place. None of that was really explained and the reader is left confused why they had access to his palace and what was going on.
Insights for prayer topics for our troops
I’m glad she made sure to tell us at the end about the mental conditioning the army does, and how it affected her when she arrived back in the US (and still affects her). She indicates that PTSD from being at war is widespread, and it takes years of counseling to get through afterwards.
This is great inside information, and we can be praying for our troops to this end, if you didn’t have any idea what to pray about besides their physical safety and that they wouldn’t be lonely.
Thank you, Heidi and Jake, for your service to our country.
Have you read ‘Honeymoon in Baghdad‘? What was your favorite part?
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