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Faith in the Fog of War: Stories of Triumph and Tragedy in the Midst of War [Kindle Edition]

Chris Plekenpol
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Book Description

War-Worn Faith

You want the flare of your faith to burn as intensely as a fire on the battlefield. That means digging into God’s truth regardless of the chaos raging around you. These devotions are written by a man who had considered war something that someone else always did, and was then himself deployed to Iraq as a company commander. From the frontlines of the blackest days and in the face of inexplicable suffering, you’ll discover the heart of the question, “Why, God?” and its often unsettling answer. Because in war, as in contemporary America , reality involves struggle, trial, and triumph. Let God meet you in the midst of life’s nonsense to find the peace that is a crucial part of His impeccable plan.

Why, God?

War screams the same questions whispered in everyday life. The battlefield explodes with the same tenacity of emotions that wretch our souls. Smoke fills the air just as doubt clouds our minds.

Are you on the frontlines of war overseas? Or perhaps your battle is personal, deep within. These devotions, penned by Captain Chris Plekenpol while on the battlefield in Iraq, expose the depths of inexplicable suffering as well as the heights of incredible victory in God.

Through every adversity and in any circumstance, you will find a still voice reminding you of God’s sovereignty…in war and peace.

“Faith forged in the crucible of combat! Chris Plekenpol is a warrior and he has compiled a great guide for victory in the battles we all face.”

Oliver L. North

Host of “War Stories” on Fox News and author of The Assassins

“There is no theory here. Just the battle-tested insights of a soldier who has learned to trust his heavenly Father in the valley of the shadow of death. You are going to love this book.”

Andy Stanley

Pastor, North Point Community Church

“Amazing encouragement from the heart of the battle!”

Louie Giglio

Passion Conferences

Story Behind the Book

“I began writing devotionals as both a preparation for seminary and as a ministry tool during my service in Korea . At first, I sent them only to a few people. Then, as I wrote more frequently, I received e-mails requesting my devotions. I continued writing during my deployment to Iraq , tackling such issues as life in combat as well as the triumph of God in the battle. My purpose in writing this book is to further God’s work in my life by ministering to others through my experience in the heart of the battle.” —Chris Plekenpol

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Chris Plekenpol earned his mechanical engineering degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1999. His baptism in December of the same year marked a drastic change in his perspective on the army and life. Chris was deployed to Iraq in 2004 as a tank company team commander responsible for one hundred men and 85 million dollars worth of equipment. Chris, unfortunately, lost six men under his command. God has called Chris into the ministry, and after resigning from the army, he plans to attend Dallas Theological Seminary.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2402 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009I9YD7A
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (February 4, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001U5VJLS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A number of months ago I heard and interview with Chris Plekenpol on a Radio Station in Beaverton Oregon. The interview was quite compelling. It made an impression upon me enough to buy the book. I am not an avid book lover but this book was hard to put down! I felt that I was walking beside each soldier and experiencing the countless emotions they experience daily. The book isn't long and drawn out yet it has a number of short chapters that cover various experiences and exposes the reader to a number of raw emotion that each soldier feels. This book is a must read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book May 3, 2007
This is an excellent book. It's very engaging, with lots of material but not too lengthy. He shares some great stories from his experiences-some hilarious, some horrifying, and some heartbreaking, but he shares spiritual and Biblical insight into all of them. You don't need to be in the military to appreciate this book and his stories. It can be read from cover to cover in a day if you feel like it, or you can read a chapter a day to make it somewhat of a devotional. Either way it makes for great reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern Isaiah February 14, 2007
Chris Plekenpol's second book, has the refined characteristics of a growing author, and as Isaiah did years before him, he is forcing open the eyes and ears of men. His ability to connect the dots of everyday Christianity in an out of the ordinary type of world, has allowed him to reach many who struggle daily. His remarkable insights and understanding of scripture are linked flawlessly to the changing and often dangerous environs in which he lived for a year. Having witnessed many of the events in this book first hand, beside Chris, I have seen his bravery on the battlefield and off. I recommend this book, for everyone who ministers the word of God, and especially those who want to read a harrowing account of Christianity on the front lines.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life August 6, 2007
"Faith in the Fog of War" is the only Christian book to draw me in and make me take an ugly look at my life. Given to me right after my Dad died, I skeptically skimmed it and found myself unwillingly riveted immediately. Plekenpol's writing is raw, yet full of imagery and metaphors that make his story come to life. The structure of the book has a grace that naturally leads one to examine one's own situation whether one wants to or not. I certainly didn't at the time, but am so glad I succumbed to the power of this man's prose. As he likes to say "it's not about making bad people good, it's about making dead people alive!" I can certainly tell you I was dead and didn't even realize it until I read this. It changed my perspective on even the most fundamental principles regarding God and how to live, not to mention what it actually means to be a "Christian." Plekenpol will rock your world with guerilla Christianity the likes of which you have never seen. So strap on your combat boots and get ready for the walk of your life!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound Examination January 8, 2008
A book and devotional written with the raw point of view that is War, barest of human condition coupled with the life of a Christian's walk of faith. Chris brings new perspective to the many faces of war and the perspective observation through the "Christian len" looking at our own individual lives. His writings allow each of us to apply that view to our own lives with the soul searching questions he includes in each chapter and we find ourselves asking at many points in our lives. Reading his writing had me stopping and taking into account many areas of my own walk of faith and what it means to me. I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a devotional with the meat of what we need to be asking ourselves in our daily lives as Christians. A must read. A Must HAVE for those Christians serving our country.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing September 24, 2007
This book was great. The author did an amazing job of relating what he experienced in war with everyday life and scripture. Having a son in the Marines made this book hit home. Highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God's Power and Love May 8, 2008
This book is a literal testimony of God's power and love. Chris' straightforward account of just about everything that happened in the front lines will enable one to be transported to Iraq and experience battle in God's presence without dodging the impact of war - from the distinct sound of bullets flying over his head to the honest human emotions that stirred in his heart will make you laugh and cry. Chris has vividly narrated how God carried him through it all. It's absolutely encouraging and inspirational and it would not take long for one to realize that God really authored this book. Chris was just a mere instrument so that we can see and feel His love and power in all and every given moment. We will be doing ourselves a favor for reading this book especially if we want to recognize God's presence in our lives...whether you're a believer or yet to be one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and enlightening August 9, 2008
One of the most eye opening situations one can be in is on the battlefield, with one's mortality at stake. "Faith in the Fog of War: A Soldier's Stories of Triumph and Tragedy in the Midst of Battle" is the memoir of a U.S. Soldier who served in the Iraq war, and his reflections on his faith. His experiences are poignant and enlightening. "Faith in the Fog of War" is especially recommended for Christians and anyone concerned about the Iraq war.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I was not disappointed. He is an excellent author
I met Chris at my cousin's wedding. I was very impressed with him personally so I could not wait to read his book. I was not disappointed. He is an excellent author!
Published 1 month ago by tricraigz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by D. Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for Christmas for Veteran Dad
I found out about this book watching TBN and there was a group of veterans and I believe active duty men that were speaking about their experiences as a soldier in war. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michelle Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for Those who have been Deployed
This author has been in the midst of battle. He commanded Military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. He shares true accounts and helps you trust God through trials and battles.
Published 15 months ago by John Alkire
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a great read! Well worth your time to read.
It shows how tough war is, and that we all Make mistakes in personal relationships, it's what you do once you have made that mistake that defines who you are. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gregory Cunningham
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lord is bigger but just read the review..
I just got done reading this book.. It was a quick read.
I had a hard time having the scripture NOT be KJV.. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jessica Schaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant writing from the battlefield.
great a different point of view...his personal interview is much more detailed however. Worth the money and came quickly
Published 22 months ago by Mrs. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith in the fog of war
This book was absolutely amazing!!!! It gave a great comparison and parallel thought process to our everyday lives. I absolutely loved this book and I hope others will to
Published 22 months ago by Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing testomony of faith in the heat of the battle
through these stories taking place in Iraq the auther challeges his readers to live by faith through there own daily battles.
Published 22 months ago by Linda Dice
5.0 out of 5 stars A Military MUST READ!!!
I took longer than usual as I thought I could just blaze through it. However, it is very thought provoking and caused me to REALLY slow down and digest the content, then challenge... Read more
Published on November 30, 2011 by DReyRose
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