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Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson
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Mar 08, 11

Read from February 14 to March 08, 2011

I feel like I have a connection with this book. When I first looked at the cover my intentions were to understand what my dad does better, but this book is so much more than that. It teaches you the value of freedom and what to look forward to when all other shreds of hope are lost. People don't truly understand their freedom until they've gone through and seen something just like Ryan did. In other places in the world, some people don't have free will. Reading this book made me appreciate what I do have better. It made me realize that the materialistic aspects of life aren't important. I'm more thankful to my parents and everyone else in my life because of this book. Reading Ryan's story made me laugh, cry and it even made me want to throw the book across the room. At one point it got really emotional that I didn't want to finish reading. After finishing this book I realized that without faith you have nothing. You must always look on the brighter side of every situation. Furthermore, what I love most about this book is that Ryan Smithson didn't coddle us through the story. He didn't keep what he saw from us; we got the true story and that is what I respect most from him. Ghosts of War is one of the best books I have read.
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Reading Progress

02/14/2011 page 83
26.0% "I'm getting chills reading this book."
02/23/2011 page 210
66.0% "AMAZING!"
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