Cracking the Camouflage Ceiling
Horton, Janet. Cracking the Camouflage Ceiling. Carmel, IN: Hawthorne Publishing, 2017.
Horton’s page-turner autobiography recounts her courageous experience rising to the highest place of distinction in the Army Chaplain Corps with, as she often heard, two strikes against her: her Christian Science faith tradition and her being among the first few women to enter the chaplain corps. Her retirement ceremony in 2004 took place at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, only after 28 years of bucking bitter opposition to her leadership. This book belongs in a bibliography on Christian Science because of Horton’s example of active study and practice of Christian Science in the most frightening as well as unjust circumstances. It is also a historical marker of respect for both women and the role of Christian Science in the highest level of service within the military chaplaincy. Her stories, from defending herself alone against a pack of coyotes to her leadership during the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon, illustrate her strong dependence on biblical authority and her ability to lead with humility. Horton explains how her deep commitment to Christian Science enabled her to trust and love the spiritual devotion of others from different faith traditions, enabling her to effectively lead chaplains from those traditions.
ISBN-13 (Softcover): 978-0996394956