Of A Preface

I am wrapping up the third round of edits on my book.  It should be done and fully submitted within the week.  I am wrestling with my preface, however, and I need your help.  The dictionary defines preface as: “a preliminary statement in a book by the book’s author or editor, setting forth its purpose and scope, expressing acknowledgment of assistance from others, etc.”

Here is my working preface:

I am a veteran of the Iraq war. I am haunted by a question: Was I justified in what I did?  I am also a practicing member of a faith community and of a body politic. A reality that leads me to a further question: Were we justified in what we did?

I killed; we killed.

How then shall we live?

My only agenda is to find the truth, for myself, and for us all.”

Any thoughts from the blogosphere?


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