Hello Readers! I meant to have this up yesterday in honor of Veterans Day but, I have been so busy lately that I didn't get around to it. But here it is and I am super excited to be hosting my first review and giveaway!
If you are a Military wife and have not heard of Jocelyn Green's awesome book Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives, please locate your nearest Military friend and ask her why she has kept you in the dark! Faith Deployed has won the following national awards:
- 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 will be presented in Branson, Mo., Nov. 6, 2010)
- The book’s Web site, www.faithdeployed.com, won third place in the blog category this year from the Evangelical Press Association as well!
I'm going to be frank, I love Faith Deployed because it brings God into the forefront of dealing with deployments. Take a look at this 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 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."
I have been a Navy wife 5 years this December and I must say, out of all the military wife/military life books I have come across, none of them had a chapter or even a sentence on picking up my bible and looking to my Heavenly Father when storms came my way. Jocelyn Green and her contributing authors have written amazing devotionals that will have you laughing and even crying. Each branch of the United States military is represented in this book. Not only do you get to read inspiring and uplifting stories from our fellow military wives, the book poses a question after each story for you to think about and a prayer. I found myself pondering the questions over and over again throughout the day and even thinking back on the prayer.
Faith Deployed is divided into 8 sections. One section that I was drawn to was the section on temptations of the world. As a Navy wife here on the West coast, whenever the squadrons are deployed, you are guaranteed to hear about (and see) what we all call WESTPAC Widows. You know, spouses that have been left behind and have now started looking to fill the void of their active duty Sailor by meeting other people. I have seen so many marriages crumble during deployments because of this. Whenever I meet a new spouse to the military, I always tell them "Make sure your marriage is built on a strong foundation". In this section, the author Vanessa Peters hit the nail on the head! She posed the questions of are you making sure you stay out of tempting situations and in other story she asks if you are protecting your marriage. I truly believe that this section should be in pre-deployment briefs! No kidding.
All in all, Faith Deployed is truly a book that should be given to your all your friends who are married to the military like so many of us are. No matter if they are God fearing or not, the lessons and encouragement that one gets from this book is mind blowing. The holiday season is coming up, why not get this book for a friend today?!
So to conclude:
Book Rating: 5 GOLD STARS because Faith Deployed gives us Christians something to continue building our relationship with God during trying times that we experience while being a military family. The book rocks!
Faith Deployed can be purchased at the following locations:
Now, on to the giveaway! Two lucky Life as Mrs. JPT readers will have a chance to win Faith Deployed! Please don't forget to include your email address so that I can contact you if you are a winner. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
You must be a follower of my blog (hey, I love knowing you're out there reading my stuff!) via Google Friend and tell me why you would love to win this awesome book.
- Become a fan of my Facebook page Life as Mrs. JPT (+2 entries)
- Fellow Military Wife? Tell me a deployment story! (+5 entries)
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This giveaway will run until Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 8:00 PM PST. The winners will be announced Thanksgiving Day at 6:00 PM PST. I will utilize Random.org to choose the two winners. Please make sure to post each entry as a separate comment.
[Please note: I was chosen by the author to review this book. Although I was given the book to review, I did not receive any money for my review. My thoughts and opinions on this fantastic book are just that, mine!]