I had responded a few weeks ago for a chance to review a book called “Faith Deployed, Daily encouragement for Military Wives” by Jocelyn Green ,and had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of my book since I got a response that It was on its way. I Follow the Faith Deployed’s Facebook Page, and her blog as well, and find alot of encouragement from both places.
When I first found out I was going to have the chance to review this book, a voice in my head said “what are you thinking?! look at all those yet unread books on your shelf” As a Military wife, and mom of three kids, one with special needs, finding time to read without interruption is a luxury…and a rare one at that! As I sat down and opened “Faith Deployed, Daily encouragement for Military Wives” , I was instantly impressed with how easy it was to read. Each story is 2 pages, starting out with a Bible verse and ending with a Prayer. A Daily Dose of God’s Love and Truth , matched with a short story from Military life.
Right away I found myself encouraged, and at the same time realized that there were things I needed to face in my life. The Mixture of scripture passages, a story, and thought provoking questions and a short prayer makes each segment like a daily dose of encouragement for the challenges , emotional struggles, and battles a Military wife fights…and not JUST when dealing with deployments and separation either. Here is an excerpt from the Introduction: “If you have ever felt overlooked and undernourished as you strive daily to meet the needs of everyone around you-in a culture that largely does not understand your stressful lifestyle-this book is for you. Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives is not a guide to long-distance relationships or a how-to on navigating through the military culture. It does not offer “ten easy steps” for an easier, painless life. Instead, through squarely addressing the challenges you face, Faith Deployed will equip you to respond biblically to the daily struggles that threaten to wear you down.”
“The Foundation of this book is the unchanging Character of God. Our Hope is not tied to shifting circumstances, but is anchored in the person of Jesus Christ”
Military life is full of “Hurry up and wait” , we have to learn to be “Semper Gumby” (Always flexible) while still balancing kids, school functions, jobs, housework, and life in general. Thankfully we have a solid rock to stand on when our faith rests in Jesus. This Book is a refreshing reminder that we are NOT alone, and is presented in a way that is manageable to read, a true daily dose, with questions to think on through the day, and a prayer to go with each segment.
If you get nothing else from what I have said here, read this….If you are a Military wife, I HIGHLY encourage you to get this book!! If you are a Civilian searching for that perfect gift for a Military friend….This is IT!!!
For More Information, Please go to the Faith Deployed Website
Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives won:
- Bronze Medal, spiritual/religious category, Military Writers Society of America (award presented in Pittsburgh on Oct. 2, 2010)
- Bronze Medal, inspirational category, Branson Stars and Flags Book Awards (award presented in Branson, Mo., Nov. 6 )
- The book’s Web site, www.faithdeployed.com, won third place in the blog category this year from the Evangelical Press Association, too.