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“At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning,
We will remember them.”
This is the true story of former Scots Guardsman Gavin Dickson. He tells of what his life was like as a serving soldier in the British Army, including his experiences from multiple tours of Iraq. Most importantly, he honestly shares with us how he has found lasting peace despite the turbulence of our world.
This booklet is ideal to give away at Remembrance Day events and services.
Gavin’s story is an honest and open account of going from a boy to a man while serving in the British Army. He was not the worst person to be around, but he wasn’t the best either. The change that took place in his life was profound when he sought forgiveness for his sins. His newfound faith was challenged on operational deployment to Afghanistan where death and injury among the troops was commonplace – and this included losing friends from his Battalion. Through it all Gavin became deeply conscious of God’s love and care. This is a reality he now witnesses to daily as a Scripture Reader, serving the military community he knows from personal experience. Highly recommended.
In We Will Remember Them Gavin Dickson, former Scots Guardsman (2003–2013), gives those, who have never perceived war firsthand, a glimpse of life as a soldier. The former member of the British Army powerfully recalls the death of many comrades in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also speaks of the aptness of remembering those who serve faithfully, and the importance of supporting those coming to terms with the trauma of war. Nevertheless, this short book, primarily shares the testimony of ‘a very angry young man’ – a serviceman once addicted to pornography, prostitution, and alcohol – who became a soldier of Christ. Storytelling in our society is a powerful weapon, and this is a good one. Dickson is very honest about both the reality of war and his pre–conversion lifestyle. There are some great heart–warming moments, e.g. soon after Dickson becomes a Christian, he speaks of wanting to be in the lead military vehicle, because ‘I was [now] ready to die… many others were unprepared.’ Yet the book never presents itself as ‘The Conversion of Rambo’. There is a compelling honesty to it. At the start of the book, Dickson highlights that he is small man from a humble home. He also shares how difficult it has been to readjust to life post–war, and how he still battles everyday sins. Perhaps most encouragingly he retells how he was converted through the patient witness of a local pastor and his wife, and how he has grown most as a Christian simply through reading his Bible. This book is a great one to give to an unbeliever with a military background, but it’s a good read for anyone. It made me more thankful for those who have sacrificially served to keep our country safe. It made me even more thankful that the Gospel continues to bring peace – even to those who have experienced the horrors of war. This review was first published in Evangelicals Now https://www.e-n.org.uk/2018/11/reviews/soldiersstory/
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