Currently serving in Afghanistan, Lt. Colonel Cheryl D. Brady, Puyallup, WA writes,”I never had a fear of man…while I was in Iraq. I was on a mission from God…focused on His objective, not on those who tried to kill me.” Her new release records her spiritual journey of faith in the fiery furnace of Iraq’s war.
It began when Brady prepared for a tour of duty in Afghanistan and instead was offered an assignment in Iraq. She asked God where He wanted her to serve and writes, “It was by His Divine appointment that I chose…Iraq.” Her tour in Baghdad’s Operation Iraqi Freedom began June 2006 and ended June 2007. She anticipates readers seeing “God’s sovereign hand at work” not only in her own life, but in the lives of those she served with.
Eleven chapters record Brady’s journey of faith that confirmed her choice to walk in obedience to the Lord. Chapter two records the first of many “God-given” sermons she preached after her arrival. Chapter three offers twenty complete Bible lessons Brady taught to the Women of Faith Bible study she initiated, lessons reader’s may use for personal or group studies. Also read about “weekly ‘God-inspired’ intercessory prayer services and the “God-glorifying” water baptisms in the former presidential palace pool, among many other pictured events.
I particularly liked Brady’s writing on fear. She believes “Christians cannot walk in faith and live in fear” simultaneously. She compared it to the impossibility of light and darkness co-existing, and then defined two types of fear. Fear we can’t control but must trust God for and unnecessary fear which freezes action. Unnecessary fear applies to many in our nation today who face job loss, foreclosure, illness’s or other devastation. Brady’s book teaches how to deal with unnecessary fear.
In twenty-five years of military service, often in the “midst of war,” Brady desired to please God and believed “without faith it is impossible to please Him.” [Hebrews 11:6] God honored Brady’s ardent faith and trust with His never-ending peace that enabled her to do away with “fear, doubt and unbelief.”
Black and white pictures intermingle with text, while chapter eleven is a pictorial of people, places and events with identifying captions. Military acronyms and end notes complete the book.
Retired US Army James Garfield-Jefferson endorses Brady’s book and believes Brady is one of God’s Holy Spirit empowered human messengers “for these confusing and turbulent days.” I suspect he’s right and highly recommend Brady’s insightful book.
Iraq, a Spiritual Journey, by Lt. Col. Cheryl D. Brady, Pleasant Word, Division of Wine Press Publishing, 2010, 224 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1414114385, $17.99