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Overview War-Worn Faith You want the flare of your faith to burn as intensely as a fire on the battlefield. That means digging into God's truth regardless of the chaos raging around you. These devotions are written by a man who had considered war something that someone else always did, and was then himself deployed to Iraq as a company commander. From the frontlines of the blackest days and in the face of inexplicable suffering, you'll discover the heart of the question, "Why, God?" and its often unsettling answer. Because in war, as in contemporary America , reality involves struggle, trial, and triumph. Let God meet you in the midst of life's nonsense to find the peace that is a crucial part of His impeccable plan.
Publishers Description War-Worn Faith
You want the flare of your faith to burn as intensely as a fire on the battlefield. That means digging into God’s truth regardless of the chaos raging around you. These devotions are written by a man who had considered war something that someone else always did, and was then himself deployed to Iraq as a company commander. From the frontlines of the blackest days and in the face of inexplicable suffering, you’ll discover the heart of the question, “Why, God?” and its often unsettling answer. Because in war, as in contemporary America , reality involves struggle, trial, and triumph. Let God meet you in the midst of life’s nonsense to find the peace that is a crucial part of His impeccable plan.
War screams the same questions whispered in everyday life. The battlefield explodes with the same tenacity of emotions that wretch our souls. Smoke fills the air just as doubt clouds our minds.
Are you on the frontlines of war overseas? Or perhaps your battle is personal, deep within. These devotions, penned by Captain Chris Plekenpol while on the battlefield in Iraq, expose the depths of inexplicable suffering as well as the heights of incredible victory in God.
Through every adversity and in any circumstance, you will find a still voice reminding you of God’s sovereignty…in war and peace.
“Faith forged in the crucible of combat! Chris Plekenpol is a warrior and he has compiled a great guide for victory in the battles we all face.”
Oliver L. North
Host of “War Stories” on Fox News and author of The Assassins
“There is no theory here. Just the battle-tested insights of a soldier who has learned to trust his heavenly Father in the valley of the shadow of death. You are going to love this book.”
Pastor, North Point Community Church
“Amazing encouragement from the heart of the battle!”
Story Behind the Book
“I began writing devotionals as both a preparation for seminary and as a ministry tool during my service in Korea . At first, I sent them only to a few people. Then, as I wrote more frequently, I received e-mails requesting my devotions. I continued writing during my deployment to Iraq , tackling such issues as life in combat as well as the triumph of God in the battle. My purpose in writing this book is to further God’s work in my life by ministering to others through my experience in the heart of the battle.” —Chris Plekenpol Chris Plekenpol earned his mechanical engineering degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1999. His baptism in December of the same year marked a drastic change in his perspective on the army and life. Chris was deployed to Iraq in 2004 as a tank company team commander responsible for one hundred men and 85 million dollars worth of equipment. Chris, unfortunately, lost six men under his command. God has called Chris into the ministry, and after resigning from the army, he plans to attend Dallas Theological Seminary.
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Christopher Plekenpol is currently serving God and his country as the commanding officer of the Apache Armor Company, 2nd Infantry Division in Al Habbaniyah, Iraq. He was born in the Chicago Suburb of Mt. Prospect, IL. His dad being with IBM, they moved several times living in the Dallas suburb of Trophy Club, TX, Tokyo Japan, and Hillsbourgh, CA, before returning to Texas where Chris graduated from Northwest High School, Justin, TX. His military career began in May of 1995 as a plebe at the United States Military Academy. Chris graduated in May 0f 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and branched Armor. Growing up as Lutheran, Chris did not fully understand the purpose of baptism. On December 5, 1999, while still at Ft. Knox attending the Armor Officer Basic Course, Chris was baptized at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. From that point on he was constantly filled with a desire to share God's truth in his every day life. In 2003 he decided that when his commitment to the Army was over he would attend the Seminary. In preparation for this he started writing devotionals which he shared with his friends and family, These devotionals were passed on to friends of friends and soon he had a demand for them. In august of 2003 he was assigned to the 2nd ID at Camp Casey Korea. Chris is now lead pastor of Wells Branch Community Church in Austin, TX. Military awards and Badges include the US Army Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Wings, Air Assault Badge, 2XNDSM, 1XARCOM, 2xAAM, and the ASR
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Faith In The Fog of War Sep 19, 2008
I had seen Chris on a local Atlanta Christian TV program promoting this book. Since I have a military ministry helping wounded Marine Families,and am interested in the spiritual treatment of PTSD, this man and his book interested me. It gave me more insight of our military's war experiences and how those who believe in God were able to face the daily grind of war with more strength. I liked his parallel comparisons of war experiences and Bible verses to help him cope with what he was doing in Iraq. I recommend the book we all need to understand what war is and how it effects our military (all volunteer)men and women and their families.
Poignant and enlightening Aug 10, 2008
One of the most eye opening situations one can be in is on the battlefield, with one's mortality at stake. "Faith in the Fog of War: A Soldier's Stories of Triumph and Tragedy in the Midst of Battle" is the memoir of a U.S. Soldier who served in the Iraq war, and his reflections on his faith. His experiences are poignant and enlightening. "Faith in the Fog of War" is especially recommended for Christians and anyone concerned about the Iraq war.
life changing Jun 25, 2008
This book changed my view of the war in Iraq, what is happening over there and what it means to me. Chris brought truth into my life through his stories and the applications he draws. The sheer honesty he exudes is inspiring and refreshig.
God's Power and Love May 8, 2008
This book is a literal testimony of God's power and love. Chris' straightforward account of just about everything that happened in the front lines will enable one to be transported to Iraq and experience battle in God's presence without dodging the impact of war - from the distinct sound of bullets flying over his head to the honest human emotions that stirred in his heart will make you laugh and cry. Chris has vividly narrated how God carried him through it all. It's absolutely encouraging and inspirational and it would not take long for one to realize that God really authored this book. Chris was just a mere instrument so that we can see and feel His love and power in all and every given moment. We will be doing ourselves a favor for reading this book especially if we want to recognize God's presence in our lives...whether you're a believer or yet to be one.
Profound Examination Jan 8, 2008
A book and devotional written with the raw point of view that is War, barest of human condition coupled with the life of a Christian's walk of faith. Chris brings new perspective to the many faces of war and the perspective observation through the "Christian len" looking at our own individual lives. His writings allow each of us to apply that view to our own lives with the soul searching questions he includes in each chapter and we find ourselves asking at many points in our lives. Reading his writing had me stopping and taking into account many areas of my own walk of faith and what it means to me. I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a devotional with the meat of what we need to be asking ourselves in our daily lives as Christians. A must read. A Must HAVE for those Christians serving our country.