A Bridge in Babylon is a beautifully written and intimate memoir that alternately made us laugh, tugged at our hearts, brought tears to our eyes and made us think. As members of Owen's congregation in Tucson, Arizona, we can say the book is written in much the same conversational, storytelling style as his weekly messages were delivered. His insight, compassion, faith, humility and humor are reflected throughout every chapter as he tells story after story of his deployment experience in Iraq as an Army reserve chaplain who left his wife and young children to travel a world away for one year and the lasting emotional impact this had on his life. He word-paints stories of behind the scenes preparations, the tedium and isolation of deployment, the unexpected disparity of respect felt by reservists in their interactions with their active Army peers, the dangers outside the walls, and the paradox of a Starbucks cafe in such a place. He does not shy away from sharing his fears, his mistakes and accomplishments, his honest emotions and the self-knowledge he gained from this experience. We'll never forget our experience of reading this very personal and affecting account. This is a book that deserves reading again.