Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Beginning: The Honor Was Mine


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan dragged on, military leaders began to recognize the impact of multiple deployments on combat veterans and their families.

The Honor Was Mine: A Look Inside the Struggle of Military Veterans by Elizabeth Heaney. Heaney is a therapist who left her private practice to work with returning war vets and their families.

Her new book, The Honor Was Mine, gives voice to their stories.


  1. What a lovely title for this book. And a clever idea - those stories need to be told. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Very intriguing - very powerful.

  3. This sounds like it could be a really interesting book - I love the cover and the title too. Great choice.

  4. Hi Gilion,

    This probably isn't a book for me, this time not only because I don't read much in the way of non-fiction, but because I really don't think I believe those opening lines at all.... I firmly believe that the powers that be, no matter from which country or theatre of combat in the world, really recognise the impact of combat on either past or serving members of the armed forces and their families, paying it only superficial lip service.

    I do however, hope that this book goes some way into opening the lid on what is happening within armed forces units everywhere, although I doubt that it will ever change the hearts and minds of those at the top, who generally manage to keep themselves and their families protected and out of harms way!

    Thanks for hosting BBOF and enjoy your weekend :)


  5. I wonder who are leaders would be if they had to serve before they could run for office. At least then, they would KNOW.
    sherry @ fundinmental <a href="”</a>

  6. This sounds like an interesting and thought provoking read. My daughter's best friend's father is military and has been deployed several times over the last ten years or so. While I couldn't say the impact that that has had on him I was definitely a witness to the struggles the family went through. They did it so gracefully but it was hard and to this day I feel lucky that I was able to help remove some of the burden.

  7. That beginning grabs my attention! I haven't read any book about that topic yet... Maybe someday I will.


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