This novel recounts the life and tribulations of a Christian soldier, Michael Palmer, as he leaves his home in Connecticut to serve in the Union Army. He fights in several battles from Antietam to Cold Harbor. He survives the war (although is seriously wounded) to return to his family, but the war takes its toll on his soul. With the help of his loving wife, Palmer eventually gains reconciliation and forgiveness for his wartime actions.
This book is based on the real life experiences of the men of the 14th Connecticut Infantry. It realistically represents the combat of the Civil War, but is told without great detail. The faith of Michael Palmer and others is found throughout the book, but the author is not preachy. This book will be of interest to those who want to learn more about the life of the common soldier during America's most devastating war, but it will also show how God can break through to His people even during their greatest trials.
|Suggested Grade: 9th - Adult
|Author: Karl A. Bacon
|Softbound: 364 pages
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"An Eye for Glory" is great historical fiction about the American Civil War. It is about a Christian man from Connecticut who enlists in a local regiment and endures almost two years of war before suffering a serious injury in battle that forces him out of the Union Army. The story is realistic—thus, not suitable for children below high school—but not gratuitous in its depiction of battle. However, the author shows that the character's battle is not just physical but also spiritual, as he wrestles with the effect of the war on his soul. In the end, however, the character finds reconciliation with God for his actions during the war.