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Under Orders: A Spiritual Handbook for Military Personnel Paperback – June 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: edein publishing; 2nd edition (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932124500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932124507
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,724,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The thing I liked most was that it was REAL. He didn't make the military out to seem glorified, but brought the focus back to God, while also understanding the things we are called to do as soldiers. It was very insightful, and a great read. I would recommend it to ANYONE. There were no favorite sides taken, it was just simply put. Reading this book is a step in the right direction. --Specialist Lindsay Clark

Chaplain Bill McCoy's work is inspirational-- it guides soldiers as they struggle with the questions surrounding their service and their faith...a great book for soldiers to read several times throughout their careers, because while the questions he poses will always remain the same, the answers will change with age, experience, and in a deepening conviction. --Army Officer

The thing I liked most was that it was REAL. He didn't make the military out to seem glorified, but brought the focus back to God, while also understanding the things we are called to do as soldiers. It was very insightful, and a great read. I would recommend it to ANYONE. There were no favorite sides taken, it was just simply put. Reading this book is a step in the right direction. --Specialist Lindsay Clark --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is different and quite refreshing.
C. A. White
The book "Under Orders - A Spiritual Handbook For Military Personnel" is such a book!
W. H. McDonald Jr.
Anyone searching for the why of religion will enjoy this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deep Desert on February 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a good book for any chaplain or servicemember. However, there is an error in the section in which he discusses Buddhism: the Dalai Lama (which he misspells here) was not the person the Beatles met, it was actually the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who wasn't Buddhist but a Hindu teacher who introduced Transcendental Meditation to Westerners.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. A. White on July 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is for EVERYONE and not just those in the military. Since I am not in the military, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed that it did not turn out to be another one of those I was THERE books, where the author recounts some moment in time and it's all about THEIR experience in the military. This book is different and quite refreshing. Instead this is a book where YOU are the captive audience reflecting upon YOUR own personal experiences. It's a hard book to put down because you find yourself constantly thinking and evaluating your own personal faith. Under Orders makes you stop, think, and explore your own identity and tests your spiritual journey. I really enjoyed this book and find myself thumbing back through it over and over. You will dog ear your favorites like I have... Don't pass this one up, I highly recommend it for EVERYONE.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. H. McDonald Jr. on September 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Once in a while a book is published that meets the needs of a certain group of people and generation. The book "Under Orders - A Spiritual Handbook For Military Personnel" is such a book! In fact, it goes well beyond meeting the needs and provides much insightful and thoughtful advice. It comes as a handbook for this generation of warriors who are currently fighting the war on terrorism; although it is advice that works well with any group or age of military people. Chaplain William McCoy delivers a handbook that is long over due and much needed in today's military environment.

McCoy uses language and phrasing along with life examples that are easy to understand. Readers of this handbook will not have to decipher hidden meanings or symbols--this is all basic fundamental and straight forward thinking. At the end of his chapters he has something called "Considerations" that gets the reader to think and do some personal evaluations.

This book should be in the hands of all our military personnel. It should be required gear for anyone shipping out to a war zone or for a hazardous duty assignment. This is the kind of book that in time will become well worn, highlighted and dog eared because this book was written to be used and not just stored on a shelf. This book is the best of its kind and may be the only one of its kind. It is written for today's Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

This book is the MWSA's winner of our Gold Medal for "Best Religious Book" 2006. It receives our coveted FIVE STAR Rating! A MUST READ BOOK!

It is also receives the personal recommendation of the President of the MWSA!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Grahek on March 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
Chaplain McCoy's book provides what many who seek spiritual answers in today's modern world are looking for. Bill, through his real life examples in the book, lets you know that is OK to question your faith and to understand you are human and make mistakes. Life is not an easy road to travel, especially for the service member. Easy reading, informative, and not the typical bible-thumping message found in much of Christian literature, Under Orders provides a different outlook on spirituality and exploring your faith. This book is highly recommended for someone desiring to learn about their spirituality without all the pretentious morality. Bill gives it to you in basic terms that is easy to understand and learn from.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. J. SNYDER on July 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I had no intention of reading a "religious" book when I got this book 2 months into my year in Iraq. I have been in the military for 10 years, and have looked for different ways to define myself spiritually, philosophically outside what job I hold and what car I drive. By coincidence or by design, this book was the right fit for me at the right time.

I disagree with some of the reviewers who state that Chaplain McCoy passes judgement on those who follow other religions or various denominations inside the Christian faith. I read Chaplain McCoy challenging the reader to define yourself in a "real" or "deep" manner and deciding on what actually matters in your life. Chaplain McCoy freely admits that he is a Lutheran Chaplain, and some of his opinions come from that vantage, but I never felt that his book was steering me towards his vision of religion, Christianity of philosophy.

In fact, Chaplain McCoy often challenges the reader to think through what his points and arguments in each chapter (there are "review questions" at the end of each chapter which challenge you to define answers for yourself) and come to an individual decision on who your God or gods is/are and how you will follow them.

As far as my personal experience with the book, Chaplain McCoy provided the insight into my personal experiences that only someone who has "been there/done that" can. If you know someone who is deployed who has a spiritual or philosophical aspect to them (and that certainly includes Christians as well) this book will be a great tool for their personal growth.
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