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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller.

Now a major motion picture.

In 2005, Dana Canedy’s fiancé, First Sergeant Charles Monroe King, began to write what would become a 200-page journal for his son in case he did not make it home from the war in Iraq. He was killed by a roadside bomb on October 14, 2006. His son, Jordan, was seven months old.

Inspired by his example, Dana was determined to preserve his memory for their son. A Journal for Jordan is a mother’s fiercely honest letter to her child about the parent he lost before he could even speak. It is also a father’s advice and prayers for the son he will never know.

A father figure to the soldiers under his command, Charles moved naturally into writing to his son. In neat block letters, he counseled him on everything from how to withstand disappointment and deal with adversaries to how to behfrave on a date. And he also wrote of recovering a young soldier’s body, piece by piece, from a tank - and the importance of honoring that young man’s life. He finished the journal two months before his death while home on a two-week leave, so intoxicated with love for his infant son that he barely slept.

This is also the story of Dana and Charles together - two seemingly mismatched souls who loved each other deeply and lost each other too soon. A Journal for Jordan is a tender introduction, a loving good-bye, a reporter’s inquiry into her soldier’s life, and a heartrending reminder of the human cost of war.

©2008 Dana Canedy (P)2008 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

“A hauntingly beautiful account of a family fractured by war...filled with vivid and heartbreaking details.” (The New York Times Book Review)

"Dana Canedy's moving memoir has captured my heart and won't let it go. Courageous in its honesty and at times unsettling, it draws us deep into the soul of a woman in love, the pain of her loss and the unpardonable theft of hopes and dreams, lives and futures stolen by war. With an exquisite voice, Canedy recounts moments of intense emotion that haunt us long after savoring the last lines. I didn't want it to end." (Susan L. Taylor, editor-in-chief emeritus, Essence, and founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement)

“Full of wonderful treasures offered by a unique and spirited father...written with serene grace: Part memoir, part love story, all heart.” (James McBride, author of The Color of Water)

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SAD

I selected this book with the anticipation of the movie coming out and wanted to read the book first. I was liked I expected, sad. Some of my observations were never mentioned but I still believe them. I think it was a wonderful suggestion for Charles to write the journal. I can hardly wait to see the movie.


RECOMMENDATION: READ IT.

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Good book

As a SM it hit home, knowing personally a soldier that never met his son.

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Touching the Heart , Mind in Spirit

This book gives a positive impression on family,lovers and life. God Bless, Jordan, Dana Charles.

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Beautiful testimony

As a widow I was drawn to this story after hearing Dana on GMA. It’s incredible and such a powerful testimony of love, honor and courage.

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Beautifully written

This was excellently written by the author, beautiful story. I can't wait to see the movie!

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MUST READ GREAT BOOK

it's great and nothing more can be said

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A Great Book

I have never been one to read books but audio books are a great joy when you're listening to a moving and enjoyable book. I have listened to it twice and shared it with my sister and friend on my iPod. Both gave me their own five stars approval. We all enjoyed it!

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wow.

Beautiful love story of a parents love. Beautifully readen and shows the positive love of a strong male remodel. Funny and tearful.

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Amazing

I truly loved this audio it took me 2day to listen to the audio. I was so drawn in as the reader read the story. i wanted to cry a couple of time while i was listen. Charles and Dana were a beautiful couple
i am so glad tbey wanted to share their journey with us...

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My New FAVORITE Book!

The passion, love, adoration is felt on every page! The language is beautiful but doesn’t distract from the story. I have never cried in reading a book and yet, there I was, emotionally naked and clothed in tears. I originally started the novel on Audible, but then bought the novel to read it faster. I can appreciate Dana’s treatment of love. Instead of romanticizing it, she explores the give and take of loving and being loved. A new bar has been set! Thank you Dana.