A Biblical Book for Combat Veterans

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A Christ-Centered Book for Veterans and their Churches After Combat.

He Will Deliver Us: Christ-Centered Counsel After Combat

Veterans are more numerous than most any other portion of the population. Every congregation likely has one or many. Of the 23 veterans that take their lives daily, how many were in a pew on Sunday? How many pastors or members of their local church body knew the war that was being waged silently for the heart and soul of this veteran? How many families are falling apart because of the battle warriors are facing that only begins on American soil? If you talk to pastors, sit in seminary classes, counseling programs or other ministries being championed by the local church there is a gaping hole in the ministries of almost every one of these churches staring right at them and it is once wore dog tags, combat boots and kevlar. Veterans are in desperate need of the few things churches have to offer that no doctor, government agency, therapist or fraternal organization can offer; The Gospel of Jesus Christ, the care of a local congregation and a pastor who knows that though they may have some tangible physical needs that can only addressed by medicine, they have the ability to minister The Word of God that is the only salve for the soul.

As a Marine, a veteran, and one who knows the power of The Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am writing He Will Deliver Us: Christ-Centered Counsel After Combat to shine light upon this urgent issue that must become a priority for local churches lest we turn a blind eye to some of the people and families that need the gift we have received the most.

I am self-publishing through Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson targeting an early 2015 release and as a result there are significant costs associated with the publishing process for the book on this very important issue.
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Today I continue working through Moral Injury as seen in grief and survivor's guilt:

"Moral injury often manifests itself in the symptoms of grief and survivors guilt. The counselor will need to help them discern what it is that brings about the feeling of guilt and thereby either enabling the veteran to identify a sin to confess and be forgiven of or realize that God, in His sovereignty, ordained such events and thus the sin and guilt is not theirs to own. God’s sovereignty overrules their action or inaction; they merely lack resting in the sovereignty control of God. The counselor will have to ask why they feel responsible. The counselor will help them construct the events and point to God’s sovereign hand in all of it in order to show that God’s sovereignty trumps their retrospective or hypothetical actions. The counselor will then point to the One who takes that burden and casts it upon his shoulders and in turn offers them rest. The One is Christ. "
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One of the things I have learned is there is a lot of work that goes into making an idea turn into a book that is put into print. However I am also somewhat inpatient and like to get the ball rolling in several areas where I can. So I worked with some very talented folks to finalize the cover design and begin the marketing and word of mouth for the book while the rest is being finished, planned out and ready for editing.

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I am making some great progress towards my goal, but would love to go into the release date with the cost covered for initial production and distribution of copies to several veterans and churches near major military installations. We are still targeting first quarter 2015
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A Little Intro Teaser:

My time at war is over, in all likelihood I will never put on a flak and comm helmet again. For many of you that reality is the same as much as it hurts to admit it. Most will never experience the battlefield again and that tares at the core of your being to accept it. So we are home, and yet we are still at war. With this book I am fighting for you.

The world moved on but we can't. Now the warriors at home fiend to carry the weight of the duty that we once bore and it kills us little by little. We are laden with anger at everyone, anxiety and fear of a reality that doesn't really exist or the painful reminder of a battle gone wrong by the wounds that wake you up at night or the terrors that cause you to scream out at night.

Our war has come home with us and no earthly armor can us protect from it. The VA cannot heal us and the medicines will only be lipstick on a pig. Society pities us as a once valued treasure but broken for scrap. Our family hurts for us, leaves us, or we run them off and all we seem to have left are those who know this life and the memories. Tragically for 22 of us daily we beg for an escape through a bullet or a bottle that without real hope seems like the only remaining choice.[1]

But this existence as merely human is not the only choice. This empty existence is not the truth. The author of all things is ready and able to shepherd us and take this burden from us. While we wait, believe the truth that He will deliver us. May we rest our weary hearts knowing it is not our burden, but all of this, every single moment and detail was in God's plan that through Christ He would be the most supreme treasure, comforter, protector, provider and Sovereign Savior King to every single weary warrior.

To Him be glory and honor and power forever. Amen.
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