by Tom Murray

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More than once, Tom Murray held someone as that person died in his arms in N. Ireland during the conflict between the Irish Republican Army factions and the British Army during the troubles from the 70's. One of those times was an undercover Captain of the British intelligence who was shot several times by the PIRA at point blank range, during a PIRA Easter parade.

Born a Catholic in Derry in the heart of the Bogside on the 12th of July. The very day the Protestant Orangemen march throughout the province but especially on the Derry walls looking over into the Bogside with a shout of "no surrender". While many joined the IRA various factions against British rule became a volunteer as a medic, at the First Aid post in the language of the time and location. He didn't care who was wounded, he only wanted to help those in great need of first aid before medical aid was available.

Being born into a Catholic family does not make a person a Christian, as Murray would learn. When US President John Kennedy was assassinated, Murray took a major step in following the Catholic teaching but it was not the full journey that he'd make later in life.

This is most decidedly not a story about the fighting. This kind of story is played out across the world every day in conflicts that make international news and violent disputes that barely make the local media. As Murray says in the introduction, "This book is about a conflict that goes far deeper than the history of Ireland, or of any other place – the conflict within the soul, which has expressed itself in a myriad form of ways since man first rebelled against God at the dawn of creation."

It is the story of one man trying to come to grips with his fellow man and the inhumanity displayed toward each other. The time and the setting are real, the Northern Ireland conflicts and the people are equally real. It is the IRA factions war against the British forces.

In these very real battles that are also a metaphor, Murray sometimes identifies the people by name and rank. The atrocities of conflict are very real, but Murray does not dwell on the horrors of that. In other words, this is not a story of fighting, blood and gore in the physical realm. The fighting Murray goes through is just a real but is on the spiritual battlefield.

Murray signing up as a cadet as a first Aider, brought his journey into the horrors of the conflict which was an unforgettable one.

He saw the Battle of Bogside, a three-day fight that ended with the British Army coming in. He was also there at the infamous Bloody Sunday. The band U2 in 1983 had the song Sunday Bloody Sunday that became famous and much more.

Read about his own conflict with the disinfected Catholics and the IRA. The PIRA's quest to find out did he every work for the British Intelligence while he lived in the Bogside of Derry and read how he replied to their question in the Maze prison directly and indirectly many times.

Charity and caring for others are a central tenet of Christianity. The story of the Good Samaritan caring for the man injured at the side of the road while others walked by certainly played a major role in the author's decision to help in the conflict as he did. He started with the Knights of Malta and later moved into the Knights of Lazarus. The Knights of Malta is an aid society formed in 1099. The Knights of Lazarus is a similar group formed in 1142. Both are dedicating to helping the sick and injured.

Despite that, he was finally arrested and jailed on terrorism charges. "I was arrested because I became a carrier for a bomb to be planted in government building that went off. The PIRA used me to do it. I tried to get out of it, but really had no choice. If I didn't carry out their act of terrorism, a PIRA cell would plant a bomb under my parents' car," he said.

HIs personal transformation came about at the Maze Prison, where he put his trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Maze goal was a facility used to hold different factions of the IRA and UVF/UDA paramilitaries who were arrested and tried in the courts. Later Murray's baptism was a further step of obedience to His Lord Jesus. In the Catholic church, babies are baptized but, in the Bible, believers in Christ, were baptises when they believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. The author's baptism came as an adult and was an outward sign of an inward conversion that happened at the basement of the prison that was once a condemned man cell converted into a bathroom in the Crumlin Road Goal.

"The Troubles" changed many people, how could it not. It changed Tommy Murray too, in his case for the better. Come, read about Tom's journey own Damascus Road experience and see why his last day in a prison goal he nailed a scroll to his cell door with the words It Is FINISHED!!!

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BN ID: 2940163097968
Publication date: 09/30/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

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