A Book for the Right Time and Generation! 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.
Reviewed by: Bill McDonald (2006)
Under Orders is written for you in the military services who seek to nurture and sustain your faith in the face of war, deployments and the troubling questions of faith and life.
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.
Under Orders should be in every rucksack for those moments when Soldiers need spiritual energy.