Writers Digest Award Winner

The chalice Joe's parents gave him when he was ordained and his Vietnam medals


A Hero's Tale of Surviving Vietnam and the Catholic Church


The inspiring memoir of an extraordinary warrior who fought bravely for his country and his faith. Shot in the head during a massacre in which sixty-eight of seventy men in his company were killed or wounded on a black mountain in Vietnam, Joe Ladensack had an out-of-body experience that inspired him to become a Roman Catholic priest. Back home in Arizona, Ladensack displayed the same valor and courage that earned him two Silver Stars, six Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart in Vietnam. He became the first priest to voluntarily testify before a grand jury about the worldwide clergy abuse scandal. He helped expose more than fifty sexual predators in the Diocese of Phoenix, brought down a bishop, and sent a half-dozen priests to prison or fleeing in exile.