Safest Place in Iraq
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While deployed to a small coalition-led Forward Operating Base as an Army chaplain, Paul Linzey experienced the danger of war, the loneliness of being away from home, and the exhilaration of watching up close as God answered prayer, changed lives, and performed miracles.
Even on good days, living for Christ is a challenging, risk-laden endeavor. One way to make the task a bit easier is to see how other Christians have successfully navigated their temptations and struggles. Safest Place in Iraq aims to do just that, by peering behind the curtain and showing how one military chaplain handled the various dangers, people, and circumstances he encountered during his war-time deployment in South Central Iraq.
The result is a story that ranges from death and destruction to friendship and faith, and from temptation and torment to redemption and revival. Chaplain Paul Linzey identifies the broad themes that everyone—both Christian and non-Christian—has to deal with when the going gets tough, and shows by example what it takes to overcome life’s obstacles, whether dodging mortars in the desert, or fighting fear, loneliness, and temptation at home or at work. And in the process, he shows us that it is possible to remain true to one’s values and calling as a person of faith in a hostile world.
This book won the first place Peach Award at the 2019 North Georgia Christian Writers Conference, sponsored by Word Weavers International, and a first place Gold Medal at the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Awards. It is available as an eBook or print book at most store, and as a print book on this website. Download the One-Sheet to read more about it.
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Those who would like to dig deeper into some of the issues raised in Safest Place in Iraq, or who may want to use it for group discussion, may get the study guide.
The goal in this study guide is to ask questions that will lead to further reflection and discussion. In addition, it might lead you to search the scriptures and pursue your own calling for ministry, wherever the Lord is leading you and whatever He is calling you to do. There’s an unlimited number of ways to serve the Lord and make a difference in the world on behalf of the Kingdom of God.
The study guide follows the chapters in the original book, highlighting the various topics as they come up, bringing up scriptures, pointing out military policies, and asking questions for you to think about.
If you are ministering in a non-military context, look for ways you can apply these concepts where you are. Many of the principles are the same wherever we live, work, and represent the Lord. This guide has two sections. The first focuses on how to lead a discussion, class, or fellowship group, and is really helpful for anyone leading a Bible study or discussion group. And the second has the questions for each chapter of the book, Safest Place in Iraq.
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In 2019, I published a book on marriage. It is perfect for anyone wanting to read about growing a great relationship. It’s also a fantastic resource for a class, marriage seminar, or those those who minister to couples. It is available in paperback and ebook.
WisdomBuilt Biblical Principles of Marriage shows couples how to build a great marriage, and provides congregational leaders a practical plan for helping the couples in their care. The result is an accessible, easy-to-follow curriculum that may be used in couples classes, sermon series, seminars, or retreats. It also may be used in counseling and private conversations, or by the couples themselves.
WisdomBuilt presents twelve principles for a joyful, fulfilling marriage. Taking a very practical approach, the author shows the reader what works and what doesn’t, what’s biblical and what isn’t, what makes sense and what doesn’t. Easy to read and follow, readers will find it to be interesting and helpful.
The theme verses for the book are Proverbs 24:3-4: “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” Putting the twelve principles into action, couples will experience joy, success, and fulfillment, paving the way for their marriage to last a lifetime. You may purchase the print book ($9.99) or eBook ($4.99) by clicking on this button.
As a facilitator for a community writers group, I encouraged the participants to write their stories. Many are memoirs, though a few are fictional short stories. I served as their editor, and added a few of my own stories. Reflections: An Anthology of Memoir and Short Story is a delightful collection of easy reading.
Each writer obviously has a unique personality and writing style, and every story has a different theme and mood. Taken together, this anthology should warm your heart, provoke you to action, inspire you to travel to a place you’ve never been before, and entice you to want to read more. Some of the stories will cause you to question what you believe, and others will affirm what you already consider to be true. Perhaps you’ll find yourself sitting in your chair with a smile breaking across your face, or see yourself in one of the scenes. It is available as an eBook or Print on Demand. I recommend it to you.
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