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This collection of compelling first-person stories comes from the many military chaplains who are eyewitnesses to amazing displays of divineintervention, whetherin small moments of grace or through events experienced as miracles. Telling storiesthat range from the simple joy of a Christmas party for deployed service members tothe intervention of a chaplain talking down a suicidal soldier, this book makes it clear:military chaplains are tough, on a mission to face some of the darkest moments of thehuman experience and bring the light of faith with them.
Whether you are in the military yourself, a family member, or simply a reader seekinginspiration about the work God does even in gritty circumstances, this book will introduceyou to people worth knowing. These chaplains put their lives on the line to minister tosouls all over the world; their stories can open your eyes and lift your spirits. "It is myprivilege here," writes Nancy, "to tell the stories of these dedicated men and womenentrusted with the spiritual well-being of our country's armed forces. God bless them,and through them, you."
Number of Pages: 240
|Publication Date: 2011|
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Chaplains serve as a reminder of the holy, a bridge from hopelessness to hope; from fear and loneliness to the magnificent Holy Presence that defeats the horrors of conflict and war. These amazing stories reveal the drama of human tragedy magnified in military service and the ever-present, redeeming God in the midst of it all! - Chaplain Lorraine K. Potter, Maj. Gen., USAF, Retired; Chief of the Air Force Chaplain Service (2001-04)
Miracles and Moments of Grace raises the bar for me as a believer. Through these stories, I am inspired to follow the chaplains' examples: to face each new day with faith-filled flexibility, to bring the comfort of Christ into someone's chaos, and to be available as God links heaven's heart with earth's hurts. I am motivated to run toward the threat, to face the frightening, and to bring opportunities for worship into the heart of war. - Marshele Carter Waddell, president of One Hope Ministry; author of Hope for the Home Front: Winning the Emotional and Spiritual Battles of a Military Wife
Author: Nancy B. Kennedy
Located in: Hopewell, NJ
Submitted: January 17, 2011
Tell us a little about yourself. As a writer, I have worked for magazines and newspapers, as well as in books. My first two books combined science activities with stories of faith for children. I spent several years in my "kitchen lab," with my husband and son as assistants, fine-tuning these fun activities. And we all survived!
What was your motivation behind this project? One evening, a friend of mine who is an Air Force chaplain told me a story of God's clear provision for him while he was deployed to Southeast Asia. As an aside, he said, "You know, we chaplains have hundreds of these stories!" I knew right then that I wanted to tell these stories.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope these stories will touch the reader's heart as deeply as they did mine. I wept over them, laughed over them and gasped as I experienced the real presence of a God who loves the men and women who serve in our military.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Writing this book has been the most rewarding project of my entire career and a time of spiritual uplift for me. It was an incredible privilege to share in these amazing moments of God's grace. I am grateful for the chance I've had to get to know these wonderful chaplains who tenderly care for the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I love Studs Terkel's books of oral history -- The Good War, Working, Hard Times, American Dreams Lost and Found. In a time before the Internet provided a way for everyone to tell their story, Terkel gave the average American a voice. His epitaph, he once said, should be, "Curiosity did not kill this cat!"
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: For this book, I had room for just 50 stories. They represent only a tiny fraction of the many, many inspiring stories military chaplains have to tell. I wish I could tell every one!