Only A Soldier Understands: Books 1 - 5 Collection

The Search for Life

by Dr. Clay Lifto


Book Details

A Warning Before Reading This Book: The Truth Can Be Hard!

You may already know Clay Lifto from other books in the Only a Soldier Can Truly Understand series. You may know him as a valued mentor about what to expect from military life, or as a warm and empathetic guide to help you cope with PTSD and other challenges. You might know him as a stalwart source of tough love and straight talk—the guy who tells it like it is. In this volume of the series, Lifto gets personal, and teaches you one of the hardest and most necessary lessons of all: that in vulnerability lies the greatest strength, and it’s through making mistakes that we learn the most powerful lessons. Born and raised on a small Minnesota farm by an Appalachian mom and a factory-worker dad, Clay Lifto escapes his bitter childhood by joining the Army. Filled with angst and naivete, he tries desperately to cope as he is forced into places, situation, and problems he is ill-equipped to deal with. Journey with him through life as each episode shapes his direction, his mind, and eventually . . . his heart. Imagine with him what life is really about and what his role could be, as he trips and stumbles toward his soul’s purpose. Explore the strangeness of military life in basic training, the cultures of military training, the exotic worlds of the Middle East, Vietnam, Australia, and Germany. And dream with him about what God might have in store for him when it’s all over . . . because the story is still being told. In his journey, you may see a mirror of your own path, because . . . Only a Soldier Can Truly Understand.


About the Author

Dr. Clay Lifto

Dr. Clay Lifto, Professor Emeritus of Marketing and Management at Kirkwood College, is now an old man who spends much of his time at his home in the countryside northwest of Fort Worth, Texas. Ruth, his wife of over 50 years and his partner in many humanitarian outreach missions at home and abroad, encourages him to continue writing, learning, and venturing into the streets to help strangers find their way. Today, you might find Dr. Lifto at home, or maybe wandering the inner-city streets with the homeless, encouraging a country pastor, learning Spanish on his way to Central America, or tracking down his kids and grandkids, who are discovering exotic ministries of their own.

Also by Dr. Clay Lifto

Only a Soldier Understands: Every GI’s Reflections and Reminiscences of Military Life
Only A Soldier Understands: A Military Devotional and Bible Study for Warriors with a Story Book 2: Training
Only a Soldier Understands: A Military Devotional and Bible Study for Warriors with a Story - Book 3: First Duty Assignment
Only a Soldier Understands: Book 4:  Vietnam
Only a Soldier Understands: Book 5: Lessons I Learned in the Army
Just An Ordinary Guy