Faith, Hope, Love, & Deployment: 40 Devotions for Military Couples is written by Heather Gray. She uses her experience as a military spouse to help military couples grow strong in the Lord and in their relationships with one another.
The 40 devotions included in this book covers topics ranging from separation to communication and from children to naysayers. Each devotion is divided up into sections related to the title: Faith (which includes scripture for both spouses), Hope (a been there, done that personal story from Heather’s experience), Love (an opportunity to reflect on the devotion and write a love letter, so to speak), and Deployment (a challenge for the couple to become closer during separation). Included within these are discussion/reflection questions for the couple.
If you are a military spouse, I highly suggest you get a copy of this book. If you know a military couple, this would be a great gift to give them.
Please note that the author's husband was KIA in Afghanistan. This book was actually being written before he was killed, and Heather finished the book after debating about it. For some couples, it may seem awkward to read a devotional written by a military widow. However, for me, I found comfort in Heather's words. Not everything in the book relates to her husband's death, although certain devotions focus on it. I see this as an opportunity to use the experiences of another military spouse to help strengthen my own military marriage.
I received a free copy of this book from Leafwood Publishers for the purpose of review. I was not required to write a positive review of this book.