“The Doughnut Sweethearts” is the original journal of one doughnut girl, Alice McAllister, who joined the 1st Division of the American Expeditionary Forces and was sworn into the U.S. Army as a privateâ€”the only way she could volunteer on the front lines of World War I.
With guitars in hand, Alice and her sister Violet McAllister performed for the troops, set broken bones and immunized for tetanus, but they became known for a simple luxury while at warâ€”the doughnut.
â€œThey made do with the simplest of suppliesâ€”a grape juice bottle for rolling pin, tin cans to cut the shape, a coffee percolator tube to make the hole. The day a line of 800 from the 26th Division lined up for the first 150 [doughnuts], they knew they had found their calling,â€ Judy Vaughn wrote in The Bells of San Francisco.
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â€œReflections of a Former Atheistâ€ is the personal story of Glen Doss who rejected Christ as a teen and turned toward atheism, a mindset that ruled his life for decades.
Beginning with his Christian roots on a rural Arkansas farm in the 1950s, Doss journeys with the reader through his pastâ€”including a terrifying account of the 1967 Tet Offensive in Vietnamâ€”as his â€œself-centered outlookâ€ draws him into a spiral of depression and anger.
In the middle of a spiritual crisis at age 39, Doss accepts Christ and later responds to Godâ€™s call to be an officer in The Salvation Army.
As an administrator of an Adult Rehabilitation Center – our drug an alcohol program – he grieves along with those who fail, but exults for those transformed because, he says, â€œGod also radically transformed meâ€”from a hostile, self-destructive individual to one who can finally serve him as an instrument of his will.