When ranking a book I look for three things. Was it thoughtful? Was it readable? Did it leave me different afterwards? Having just devoured “ReBorn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience” by Logan Mehl-Laituri, I’m giving it 5 stars. I just couldn’t put it down and even now I’m finished I’m still working though the personal implications.
Logan described his book as a confession, but I’m wondering who’s it was because I found God searching me as I read it. Some sections left me feeling awfully superficial. But in a good way, because as Logan himself says, “the Spirit convicts as well as renews” and the Spirit was definitely at work in this self exposure.
ReBorn on the Fourth of July is an amazing story, it’s completely beyond my own experience, but at the same time Logan strikes me as a very ordinary, accessible guy. You won’t find pat answers here, what you’ll find are challenges for both patriots and pacifists. On that basis, I’d recommend it for both. Especially for those like Logan, who find themselves walking between both worlds.