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Meantime: The Aesthetics of Soldiering

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An intense, artful, and heartfelt U.S. military memoir detailing accounts of war-fighting in Baghdad, Iraq, Border Patrol in Yuma, Arizona, and Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
ebook, 1st, 155 pages
Published November 13th 2011 by Stephen Paul Register
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Feb 01, 2012 Ilana rated it it was amazing
This book was an amazing account of what it's really like to be a soldier. I had goosebumps on body parts I didn't even know I had.
Luke Bray
Apr 06, 2013 Luke Bray rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent read. Stephen Register's ability to capture both beauty and tragedy mixed with the military frustrations that accompany life on a deployment captured me while I was reading. Every person who longs to understand what really goes on in the minds of our soldiers as they serve over seas should read this book. Soldiers will also enjoy "Meantime" because of the grainy realism he portrays mixed with the full range of emotion many of us have felt on a long seemingly meaningless ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Rachel is currently reading it
I'm just getting started on this. Stephen was a classmate of mine in seminary. I got to read a bit of what I think is a portion of this book in a writing seminar, and it was powerful. I can't wait to read more.

As he wrote: "MEANTIME is a book about war and soldiers and is an attempt to prove that society dehumanizes persons when they ask them to become soldiers; and that soldiers necessarily dehumanize everyone else in the world that is not a comrade soldier. "

Jan 31, 2012 Fiedlerm rated it it was amazing
This book is not a factual recounting of the Iraq war. In fact, it is so much more than that. And that's why I honestly love this book.

Register crafts a beautiful picture of what it means to be soldier by going so far beyond the day-to-day occurrences of his time spent in service. So often we look at soldiers as "people who go and protect our country" without any story to tell who these people really are as human beings. Very rarely are we given the opportunity to truly meet and understand soldi
Feb 03, 2012 Steve rated it it was amazing
This is a good book! It is a MUST read if you really want to know about a soldiers life. War is not 24/7, there is life in between. Not only does the author convey the tragedy of modern day warfare from his time in Iraq, but also the good that soldiers do from Mississippi to the meantime! It is NOT ONLY a book about WAR; it is about how a good soldier deals with it...his thoughts, his actions, his friends in country, his overall experience. His short stories show us that Soldiering ...more
Will Davis
Apr 21, 2012 Will Davis rated it it was amazing
MEANTIME is a great quick and easy read. I found the book to be quite thought provoking and it really is a truthful war memoir that takes you inside of the mind of a young soldier learning how to cope with the diverse circumstances. Stephen Paul Register has really seen a lot... Very interesting the way the stories shift from one short story to another. Really grabs the attention of the reader and never gets monotonous. Great debut work. Worth every penny.
Feb 07, 2012 Epbaddour rated it it was amazing
Just began reading and it's already clear this is masterfully written. It's a rare combination of the microscopic and the universal. Each new scene breathes with conflict and relevance, every paragraph weaving in another layer of perspective, with polished sentences and refined little details which help us enter the real psyche of a soldier... "The Aesthetics," a real appreciation of the beauty of becoming and being a soldier thereafter.
Sharon Register
Jan 30, 2012 Sharon Register rated it it was amazing
An honest, open, thought provoking book from a young soldier. It is beautifully written. The writer draws you into every scene of the story. I really enjoyed it!!!!
Brent Edwards
Jan 31, 2012 Brent Edwards rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book is a real EYE opener! If you love great authors you'll love this book!
Bill Hines
Feb 02, 2012 Bill Hines rated it it was amazing
As a Pastor and war veteran I am very pleased with Register's beautiful work!
Jason Dowling
Jan 31, 2012 Jason Dowling rated it it was amazing
You need to get this one. It's much better than Jarhead!
Jonathan Coffin
Jan 31, 2012 Jonathan Coffin rated it it was amazing
This book is unbelievably riveting!
Tim Smith
Feb 01, 2012 Tim Smith rated it it was amazing
Great Book! Go get a copy ASAP!
Jackie Gann
Jan 31, 2012 Jackie Gann rated it it was amazing
Great read! Very interesting!
Jan 31, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully real
Apr 29, 2012 Mitch rated it it was amazing
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Aug 06, 2016 Kat rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. Highly recommend!
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Stephen Paul Register moved around often as a child in the American South. He settled in Nashville before joining the Tennessee National Guard. He was deployed to to Baghdad, Iraq and Kuwait for over 16 months from 2003 to 2004. He served in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and also had the duty of supporting Border Patrol in Yuma, Arizona. Stephen attended Belmont University in Nashville from 200 ...more
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