In February 2019, I published a book on marriage for couples and 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.
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My second book is based on my military ministry experience in Iraq. While deployed to a small coalition-led Forward Operating Base as an Army chaplain in 2007, I 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 was a first place Peach Award winner in the 2019 North Georgia Christian Writers Conference annual writing contest, which was sponsored by Word Weavers International, and a first place Gold Medal winner of the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award. It will be released by the publisher as an ebook in January 2020, available to the author in February, with a general release in August or September.
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 starting in January 2020.
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 working and 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.
Be prepared to talk with the key people among your family, friends, or fellowship, because in the sharing of ideas and experiences, we often gain new insights that help us better discern what the Lord is saying to us.
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.