Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story About Love and the United States Marine Corps
Written by: John and Frank Schaeffer
When our son was preparing for his first deployment in 2005, this was one of the first books I read. It’s a step-by-step look at the emotions as well as all that’s involved as a young man leaves home to become a Marine.
One interesting and important fact about this father-son collection of correspondence is that it was completed one month before the terrorists’ attacks of September 11, 2001. It is a reminder that even when our military wasn’t engaged in constant combat, the relevancy of emotions by child and parent when a child enlists are the same regardless of the state of our country.
John and Frank are incredibly honest and personal as they share their journey and how it affected their entire life. Through words written to one another and experiences shared, they give an accurate picture of the bond a father and son can share as the relationship changes from parent being in charge to a mutual respect for one another as adults as a result of life experiences.
Keeping Faith is mainly a back and forth chronicle of letters, emails, and conversations during John’s boot camp experience and beyond, yet, it’s easy to follow. It has the perfect amount of humor to balance out the straightforward approach apparent as they chronicle how both their lives changed through the beginning of John’s enlistment.
Although this book is written by a Marine and his dad, and is full of information regarding the USMC, I believe it would give any parent with a child that’s considering enlisting or recently enlisted an idea of what to expect as the military journey begins for the family. A great gift idea for dads and future recruits.