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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Salt & Light: Being the Hands and Feet of Christ (in a cruel and dangerous world) by M.D. Poole is a powerful and bold book that I have wanted to read for a long time. I have read memoirs from police officers and public servants who find themselves in situations where they question their sense of humanity, but I have never read a book about the dilemma of faith in which police officers find themselves. In this book, the author shares his story and discusses situations where the line of duty blurs and where acts that align with personal beliefs and Christian faith become difficult to discern. The emotional strain of the job can lead to unsettling issues that are sometimes overwhelming. The career can be a tortuous and complex one that is easy to compromise, lose sight of, or completely be lost in regards to one's principles and beliefs. M.D. Poole offers such situations in Salt & Light and gives scripture-based advice on how to stay lucid and consistent with one's beliefs.
A cross-section of the population still associates the police officer with violence and it is no secret that many people look at law enforcers as enemies of the people. But this book lifts the veil and shows readers that police officers also yearn to do what is right according to their conscience and religious beliefs. Salt & Light is written in a compassionate tone and features M.D. Poole's personal experiences. Filled with biblical references, it offers a lot of material for reflection and even those with a different career will find insights to keep them connected to their faith while performing their duties. If there is a book that will change the way we look at police officers, it is this book. It also provides a framework for officers to stay aligned with their faith while providing exceptional service to their communities. Hugely inspirational and educational.