In February 2019, Paul published a book on marriage for couples and those who minister to couples. It is available in paperback and ebook. The audiobook should be available by summer.
Although there are a lot of books on marriage, this one is unique. It combines clinical research, personal & pastoral experience, and the Bible to take a fresh look at marriage, and present a practical guide for couples. It’s also designed for pastors, chaplains, and congregational lay leaders who are called to help the couples in their ministry context. With Discussion Starters at the end of each chapter, the result is a practical, hands-on tool that may be used in couples classes, small groups, sermon series, seminars, or retreats. It may also be used in counseling and private conversations.
The title, WisdomBuilt Biblical Principles of Marriage, comes from the first line of 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.” The book is based on his doctoral dissertation at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Paul and his wife, Linda, plan to write a companion volume called WisdomBuilt Devotions for Couples in the summer of 2019. The idea is to have five or six devotional readings for each of the Biblical Principles of Marriage. This will provide additional biblical content, and go deeper into the theological bases for each principle, and especially the Foundational Beliefs. Plus, it’ll give couples an opportunity to interact more on the scriptural foundations for their own marriage, allowing them to more fully develop each of the “treasures” mentioned in the first book.
Linzey’s next project is a book based on his military ministry experience in Iraq. While deployed to a small coalition-led Forward Operating Base as a chaplain in the spring and summer of 2007, 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.
He was assigned to Camp Echo, just outside the city of Diwaniyah. There hadn’t been a chaplain there, so Linzey and his Chaplain Assistant had to start from scratch to prepare a foundation for ministry. Heat, danger, dust, and death formed the context for the job he was sent to do.
Operating from his philosophy that “ministry follows friendship,” he built relationships among the men and women, military and civilian, American and Coalition. This allowed him to be there when people were at their best and at their worst, in their strongest and weakest moments. This is the story of what happened in his life and theirs. God was working in the lives of men and women at Camp Echo: healing, redeeming, and answering prayer.