noplacetohide_coverNo Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War by W. Lee Warren, MD chronicles Dr. Warren’s experiences in an Air Force surgical hospital during the war in Iraq. Four life-changing months were spent in Balad, Iraq as Dr. Warren worked to save the lives of our military men and women as well as both Iraqi allies and enemies.

But there’s so much more to his story than that. Arriving in Iraq while the fate of his marriage and family were unknown, Dr. Warren spends these months learning to listen for God’s voice, lean into His protection, and obey His direction. He lived a war-torn life in a war-torn country and returned home a different man.

Having three kids in the military, I’m all-too familiar with deployments. They are difficult on the men and women who are deployed and nearly unbearable for the families who stay at home. When our family’s last deployment ended, a friend of mine remarked that she was certainly grateful for the safety of my kids and also relieved that I could exhale again. She said, “You’re like a different person when your kids are deployed.”

No kidding.

No Place to Hide has just enough medical details mingled with the war details to keep you on the edge of your seat. The chapters are short so that you don’t get bogged down in the technical details as Dr. Warren shares what happened to him and how it affected his faith walk.

Because how could it not? As Dr. Warren learns, there is no place we can go to hide from God. There are no circumstances that are out of God’s reach.

Not a difficult marriage or a divorce.

Not financial problems. 

Not stress in our work environment.

Not health issues.

Not anger or bitterness, depression or fatigue. 

Not a foreign country, and not a war.

I knew that. Dr. Warren probably knew it before he left for Iraq too. Frankly we all know it on some level, don’t we? But it’s the daily walking it out that’s the challenge. Living life like we know there’s no place to hide. And no reason to hide from Him either.

If you need some encouragement in your own walk, I’d recommend No Place to Hide. It’s well-written and interesting. More importantly, it will challenge you. As you see God’s faithfulness in the life of one man who went to war, may you begin to see His faithfulness in yours.  

How has God shown you there is no place and no reason to hide?


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