The Surrender Paradox peels back the cover over Chaplain Captain John VanderKaay's experiences in war and Hurricane Katrina, his own struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the stigma against mental health help. Labeled as "crazy," he was told by superiors, "Good chaplains give help. They don't need help." After a miraculous encounter with God, he began to fight for those struggling with unseen wounds of war, helping change Department of Defense policies concerning those needing mental help. John learned that when you are overwhelmed by circumstances, surrender is the only way out. In The Surrender Paradox, he explores the nature of relinquishment and humility, and how the way down often leads to the way up.