Monday, September 5, 2011

Book Review: Faith Deployed...Again

A couple of years ago I stumbled across a daily devotional/encouragement book written specifically for (and by) military wives, and DEVOURED it.  Faith Deployed, by Jocelyn Green, was the beginning of my introduction to the world of Christian military wives' support. 

When I heard that Jocelyn Green was compiling a second book, I was THRILLED, and eagerly anticipated the release of the newest book, Faith Deployed...Again.  When I finally received my copy, I again dove into the world of other military wives, who over the years have experienced so many things similar to what I am living right now, and have lived to tell the stories in ways that are ever-so-effective tools to guide me along on this journey.

Faith Deployed...Again is another in the daily encouragement series compiled by Jocelyn Green, and written by Jocelyn and more than 25 Christian military wives, representing every branch of the military, and spanning several wars, dealing with many of the challenges faced as military wives, mothers, and girlfriends.  Each of the stories illustrates God's unchanging character, and gives a supporting verse, as well as questions to challenge us to think further, and a prayer centered around the theme of that chapter. 

As a Navy wife, living through a year-long deployment, each page has yielded encouragement and timely reminders that I need to be turning to the Lord for the strength I need to get through every day.  My favorite section of this book has been the one labeled "Soul Armor: Guarding Against Spiritual Attacks".  In this section, many different areas of struggle for military wives are boldly covered, including dealing with fear, negative voices, trust, staying above reproach in our sexual lives, dealing with PTSD, and recognizing the enemy's tactics.  Especially meaningful to me was the one on trust, since this has been something I have struggled with this whole deployment, and reading that chapter was a very timely reminder that just as I trust God to care for my husband's safety while he is away from me every day, so too I need to trust Him to care for my husband's emotional well-being while he is away from me. This book has really challenged and encouraged me, and I look forward reading back through it again soon!

So, now I have a second copy (really, you don't want the one I've been reading...it's REALLY dog-eared!) to give away to you, one of my readers.  So, please comment this week (before midnight on September 11th), let me know if you're interested, and I will randomly draw one of you to receive your very own copy of Faith Deployed...Again. 

Looking forward to hearing from you...
Laura

30 comments:

tatumdyke said...

I would so LOVE that book! I have been wanting to read it myself!

Thank you!
Tatum Dyke

Tonia Creech said...

Would love to have that book... Thanks!

Tonia Creech

Torrie said...

Would love to win this book. I have the first one and absolutely love it. I find myself re-reading it frequently. Thank you for a chance to get this book and for your generosity on giving one away!

-Torrie

Brittney Cones said...

I would really love a copy of this book! I've had such a hard time this deployment I am hoping it ends soon lol but I would absolutely LOVE This book to help me the rest of the way!

Thank you for your kindness,
Brittney Cones

Jessica said...

Would love to read the second book, the first was a great resource during my husband's latest deployment.

Jessica Vandewater

Angie said...

I loved the first one and gleaned so much wisdom, solutions and guidance from it's pages. Would love to see what the next one has to offer! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

Angie R.

Lisa said...

I have the first book and I love it! I am currently in month 7 of a 12 month deployment and I find myself turning to it daily. I know it is probably just a great as the first one!
Lisa

J'ana Rogers said...

I would love this book! What a great resource to have to give one inspiration, hope, and above all faith!!! Deployments are rough...this would be awesome!!

Claire's Closet said...

My husband deploys with the Army every other year and I would love to win this book! Thanks!

Renee
sanchez.908@hotmail.com

clampier said...

There are plenty of wives out there that are facing husbands deploying and I am one of them. Husband is due to fly out in the very near future. I didn't do too well the first deployment and I am certainly not looking forward to the next year without him...BUT God is good! I would love a copy of this book. I am sure I would find it very encouraging.

Beth R said...

Would love this book! We are going through a deployment at the moment and I am almost halfway through the first one with many many weeks to go. Thank you fir the opportunity!!

Cindy & John said...

I'm so thankful that books like this exist! In this day and time our military spouses need to have a real source for strength and the Faith Deployed is an excellent stepping stone to do that! Thanks for sharing!
Cindy

Courtney said...

Ohh I have been wanting this devotional for a while, and with my husband deploying this month, it would be perfect timing :)

Thank you,

Courtney Conant
french.c@live.com

Mary Ahrnes said...

My husband returns on Sept 22 from his 7th deployment of his career. No matter how many times he goes and comes it never seems to get easier having him away. It would be great to have a constant source of encouragement to refer too.

Andrina Law said...

I would love a copy. My hubby is doing workups for second deployment in a year...

AmyLovesDavid said...

Not sure if my first comment came thru properly or not. However, I would Love to own this book!

A-M said...

This book sounds like it would be an awesome read! I'm interested!

Anonymous said...

Hi there! =o) I'm a new Air Force wife and would love to win a copy of this book! Good luck to everyone! =o) Have a great day!

Lindsey

Crystal Bray said...

Hi! I would love to receive a copy of this book! Just about to finish our first deployment! Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I would absolutely love a copy of this book. I am currently leading a bible study (for the wives from my husbands boat) of "Faith deployed". It is such an inspirational book! Thanks for the opportunity to win the newest edition! -J Trimble Caynasmom@aol.com

ruger1324 said...

Going through our first deployment with my husband, its been hard on us both. But more so with me not really knowing what to expect. Would love to have the book!

*Danielle*

Anonymous said...

My hubby and I were high school sweethearts 20 years ago when he joined the Air Force. We split a few years later only to find each other 2 years ago. We got married last October and now he has been deployed for a month into a 6 month minimum tour. So technically, this is my first deployment. I would love this book to help with my guidance.

Courtney Kichta said...

Hello I am a new army wife. My husband and I just got married april 25th. Our entire relationship has been long distance with him in fort hood and myself in pittsburgh. We ended up sharing 3 days together as husband and wife before he deployed. Now I patiently wait for his return with our 6 month old son So that we may finally start our life together. Being friends before we took our relationship further solidifies the fact that he really is my best friend and soulmate. This new world is totally unfamiliar to me and without God's grace, strength, and gift of patience I don't know how I would be surviving, or in the least bit sane.
I really hope to experience this book.
The best of luck and all the prayers to you all.
Courtney

Jocelyn Green said...

Hi Laura!
Thank you so much for such a great review of the book! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and I'm thrilled you are helping me spread the word about it. Ladies, good luck in the drawing! If you don't win, find it at your local Christian bookstore or Amazon.com!
Blessings,
Jocelyn

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of the book! Thanks!
Chelsea

Teresa Aller said...

I would love to read Fatih Deployed...Again! My copy of Faith Deployed is highlighted and dogeared, has coffee stains on it and some tear stains too. We are now in the middle of a one year tour of Iraq. I would really enjoy reading the second book during the second half of this deployment!

God Bless,
Teresa Aller

Hannah said...

Can't wait to get my hands on this book! :)

ltran said...

HI! Great blog! I am really looking forward to reading this book! Is there anything else I can do to increase my chances of winning? Thanks for the review and info.
Laura Tran

Melanie said...

My husband ordered the first book and had it sent to me. I would love to read the second, as well. Thank you. :)

Susan said...

I LOVED the first book and I am excited to read the second book! Thanks!! :)