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
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Faith in the Fog of War
Chapter OneThe Calm Before the Storm
Camp Casey, Korea, June 2004
The tempest seen off to the west, This day shall bring my greatest test. With knuckles white I gasp for breath, Sweat trickles down. I think of death. Heightened fear begins to form. It is the calm before the storm.
All alone I pace about Trying to control my doubt. "Will I be okay? Will I know what to do?" These thoughts I need the answer to. I glance to heaven, but feel far away, Can't think of the right words to say. Inside I grieve, my heart has torn. Agony, this calm before the storm.
If only I'd walked and never stumbled. If only my heart was truly humbled. Had I not succumbed to the lust of the flesh, I might have comfort on this eve of death. Of all the times to feel far away, Of all the times, unable to pray. I want to break through in some fashion or form. I hate the calm before the storm.
Where do you turn when there's no place to go? Where to turn for rest for the soul? In quiet desperation, I grasp toward Him, Asking for peace beyond this sin. Begging His presence once again. Asking for hope when all is forlorn. Hoping He'll fill My calm before the storm.
I watch clouds pass, the moon shines bright. All in me wants to run from this fight. Silence surrounds me. My heart is alone. Then these words I hear from a Voice that I know: "Why do you fret and why do you fear? Why do I find your sweat and tears here? Have I not told you in...