Author Joel Russell Tells His Tale as a Soldier Who Met the Burning Bush

New Autobiography shares one marine's experience with war and God.

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This autobiography is part history, part war insight and all deeply personal.

Bonney Lake, WA (PRWEB) February 20, 2014

It is often noted that people come closest to God when faced with their own mortality. No one has more experience with this than members of the military during active duty.

Joel Russell is a Vietnam veteran who saw his group of 250 marines cut down to only 79 in less than four hours in one mission. As Russell saw death closing around him, he had what he calls his “burning bush experience.”

“As I watched my troop falling around me,” Russell said. “I made a promise to God that I would dedicate my life to him if I survived, and I experienced an immediate moment of clarity.”

Russell’s new book, “The Book of Joel, Book II,” is a play on the “Book of Joel” from the Bible, but represents the full life of one marine and his journey to God.

“The Book of Joel, Book II” reveals Russell’s traumatic childhood, the decisions that led him to the marines, his battles with mental illness and how finding God has changed his life. This autobiography is part history, part war insight and all deeply personal.

“The Book of Joel, Book II”
By: Joel Lee Russell
SC-ISBN: 1-893652-02-5
SC-Retail price: $15.95
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About the author
Joel Russell is the seventh son and 11th child of 12 in his family. He suffered a brutal childhood, but persevered to get into the marines. During his time in Vietnam he received a Purple Heart and Navy Achievement Medal for his daring acts. After his near-death experiences in war he was reminded of his promise to God after an almost fatal car crash. He has written this book to tell his story and help fulfill that promise.


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