Subscribe now

Three years at war

By Josh Fortune
June 2013 | Review by Gladys Nash


After being forced to leave the Army through injury, Josh Fortune's life is in a mess. Blaming God for his sufferings, he begins to fall away from his faith. Out of the blue Josh is offered a job working as a cameraman in Afghanistan. Seizing the chance to get real excitement and adventure, Josh takes the job and is thrust into three years at war. He experiences fear, friendship, combat, and love. Above all, God uses the literal desert experience to bring Josh back to him in this gripping tale of a Christian at war.

  • Publisher: Day One Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1-84625-372-0
  • Pages: 224
  • Price: 8.00
Buy this book »

Book Review

Three years at war
Josh Fortune
Day One Publications
224, £8.00
ISBN: 978-1-84625-372-0
Star Rating: 3

Invalided out of the army, Josh Fortune, a pastor’s son, became depressed and found himself far from God. Trying to forget that the mates he knew in Iraq are now heading out for Afghanistan, he goes out and gets drunk. Although he attends church and goes through the motions of his Christian life, he knows his life is empty.

     Unexpectedly, he is offered a job as a video journalist employed by NATO in Afghanistan. In diary form he tells of the events of three years in Afghanistan and of his spiritual growth during those three years. The question he asks at the beginning of the book is, ‘Can God be trusted?’ By the end of his time there he has proved, beyond doubt, that God can indeed be trusted.

     On his birthday, a year into his contract, he reflects on the life he has been living, and humbly asks forgiveness. All he can say is, ‘Lord, I am so, so sorry’. From then on, his life is in the Lord’s hands. He often fears for his safety and Psalm 27:3 becomes his watchword.

     The book includes comradeship and compassion, confusion and fear, boredom, and even romance, when he meets and falls in love with his future wife. Fears for his own safety become bound up with his concern for his loved one.

     To those who love all things military, this book will be a treat. Others may find the military detail a little tedious. A glossary of abbreviations is provided.

Gladys Nash
Greens Norton

Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Never Enough: Confronting Lies about Appearance and Achievement with Gospel Hope
Sarah Ivill

Never Enough is a well-written, thoughtfully structured series of ‘teachable moments’ based on the author’s own testimony of suffering from eating disorders and a battle between fitness and obsession. Ivill talks of how her need to be romantically loved made…

See all book reviews
Sexuality and Identity (trilogy)
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Sexuality and Identity (trilogy)
Owen Strachan and Gavin Peacock

These three punchy books address pressing issues: what the Bible teaches about lust (on desire), about homosexuality (on Biblical sexuality) and about transgenderism (on identity). The trilogy approach keeps each book short and focused while dovetailing effectively. Each book has…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
A Beginner’s Guide To Church History
Philip Parsons

This book is a must-read for every Christian, which covers a wide period from the apostolic age to the church under Communism. There are numerous excellent works on church history, like Philip Schaff’s eight volumes, or Andrew Miller’s three volumes,…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Who Am I? Human Identity and the Gospel in a Confusing World
Thomas Fretwell

In today’s secular society, religion is often regarded as without rational or scientific basis, and therefore irrelevant to life in the modern world and all areas of public engagement. If that is our social context, then it is no wonder…