Monday, January 02, 2012

Book Review: God Strong

Back when Jeff was at CH-BOLC, our youth group provided us with a wonderful gift basket.  They gave Jeff some items that would come in handy during his stay at Ft. Jackson and gave me a copy of Sara Horn's book God Strong: The Military Wife's Spiritual Survival Guide.

I'd like to say that I was able to read the book during our 3 months apart, but with a new baby at home, going back to work from maternity leave, school starting back, and being a soccer mom, that didn't happen.  So now, finally, I have had the time to start over and finish the book.

As I read, there were so many things that stood out to me:

I am not superwoman and no one expects me to be. It is a pressure I put on myself.

I am not alone. There are woman out there just like me. Most importantly, Jesus Christ is beside me each step of the way.

My focus should stay on God. Pity parties don't help. Isolation doesn't help. Blaming others doesn't help.  Each of those things puts the focus on me, not HIM. 

In her book, Sara uses her experience as a military wife to reach the hearts of others.  Being God Strong is what matters. We have to stop being Me Strong.  Our true strength comes from the Lord.  We can only go so far on our own.  This is true not only for military wives, but for all women. 

A couple of things that make this book useful as well are the Strength Builders and Strength Trainers (the scripture and questions) that go along with each chapter. I also appreciated the testimonies of other military spouses (and girlfriends) included in each chapter.

I recommend this book to military wives, or girlfriends, who are going through (or will go through) a deployment or long term military related separation. Sara also offers some online resources

**As previously stated, this book was a gift. I wanted to share my thoughts about the book with other military wives through this post.**


  1. that sounds like a good book! i may have to pick that up one of these days.

  2. It was a great book. I think they are actually going to do an online study over it like they did for Tour of Duty. If I had known before I read it, I may have waited :)


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