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Meeting God in the Midst of the Battle

Contact: Audra Jennings, The B&B Media Group, 800-927-0517 ext.104, ajennings@tbbmedia.com


DALLAS, June 9 /Christian Newswire/ -- After spending a year in Korea, Captain Chris Plekenpol had just completed his service commitment with the army and was looking forward to embracing what he felt was an even greater calling to attend seminary. But when he received the unexpected opportunity to become commander of the Apache Armor Company, he took it, never dreaming that twelve days later he would be preparing his men to face the ultimate test—deployment to the war in Iraq.

War screams the same questions that are whispered in everyday life, and Plekenpol found himself wondering, Am I ready to die? Do I have what it takes to be the leader these men need? Is God going to be good through this? While on the battlefield in Iraq, he wrote Faith in the Fog of War (Volumes I and II), collections of devotionals based on the daily triumphs and tragedies of life in a war zone.

This book will touch readers from every walk of life. After several years of war, the images of violence in Iraq that continue to fill the nightly news can almost recede into the background. We seldom hear a soldier's perspective. Plekenpol's firsthand accounts of the realities of life in war-torn Iraq, many recorded on the very day that they happened, will drive readers back to their knees in prayer for our soldiers and the innocent Iraqis who are often victims of terrorism's tactics.

Plekenpol is the kind of hero that people have been waiting to follow—a warrior who fights the necessary battles but lives a life of compassion and deep self-reflection, one who is genuinely more concerned about the needs of a lost world than he is for his own agenda. Plekenpol allows readers to accompany him through the raw emotions of grief and loss until he ultimately finds encouragement from God's word for every situation.

"I believe God had a firsthand purpose in shaping into a book my firsthand account of war and my relationship with him," Plekenpol says. "I pray that as people read it, they will be challenged to relentlessly pursue his purposes for them—that they will live out loud for the cause of Christ."

Chris Plekenpol is available for interviews and speaking engagements.