“A Bridge in Babylon” should be a mandatory tour of duty for every US citizen. It’s a close up and personal accounting of the complexities/ costs/ strategies of perpetual war that is barely acknowledged by the country engaging it. Chaplain Chandler takes us with him through his journeys with the military “caste” systems, soldier’s loneliness and despair, seeking resilience all the while shining a light on his personal growth. Once returned from his tour he struggles to integrate his military identity with his cherished family and church life. His brutal honesty about coming to terms with his pain illustrate the enduring impact of his months in Babylon “ living life of irony and grace”.