Jen McDonald’s book, You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse has an updated version!
Since its first publication in 2016, You Are Not Alone has resonated with military spouses, both new and experienced, and ranked as a bestseller in the Military Family and Christian Devotionals categories. Each of the 30 daily readings is written from the perspective of faith.
Readers will find practical tips (“Basic Training for Spouses”), related Scripture, and journal prompts for further reflection. Whether it’s a deployment, move, the challenges of military spouse life, or raising military kids, you’ll find real-life inspiration and hope from someone who’s been there. The 2022 edition has been updated and reformatted for a better reading and journaling experience, along with having a beautiful new cover design. It will be coming soon on audiobook, as well!
Jen McDonald sent me a free copy of the book for review, and I wanted to share a little bit about the book.
First of all, I love how the book is set up. There are 30 days of readings and each day starts with a quote. There is then a bit of a story section, and then actionable advice. This is followed by a scripture, and then some questions to ask yourself. The chapter ends with a prayer.
There are 7 parts:
- My Identity as a Military Spouse
- Military Spouse Friendships
- Military Marriage
- A Life of Transition: Moving With the Military
- Dealing With Military Seperations and Deployments
- Military Family Life
- God is There in the Small Moments
She has also included some amazing resources in the back of the book.
I would have loved to have read this book as a new military spouse. Back then, I needed all the encouragement I could get. I still do sometimes today!
If you are interested, Jen is also hosting a book study, You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse in the Christian Military Spouses Facebook group that started Feb. 9, and anyone is welcome to join. She will be giving some behind-the-scenes insight and comments on each section as well as providing extra questions and journal prompts.
You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse by Jen McDonald is published by Little Things Press and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book outlets.
Whether you are a new military spouse, have been one for a while, or even getting ready for the retirement years, this book will encourage you, allow you to put things in perspective, and have a better military spouse life.