Whether you and your family are experienced deployers or first-timers, deployments are arguably one the most challenging and unsettling experiences you’ll ever have. As exemplary of a job the military does to prepare servicemembers and their families for both the knowns and the unknowns, only God, who knows the end from the beginning, and the best and safest route for us to take, can bridge the gap between human limitation and the miraculous, from unbridled anxiety to a peace that surpasses all understanding. Walk with me through this unrestrained guidebook as I share me and my family’s journey from fear to faith, from skepticism to divine perspective and awe. Suggestions are provided on how to process the announcement, informing loved ones, understanding the cycle of emotions, getting one’s affairs in order, and a host of other invaluable insights. Bottom line up front: Don’t leave home without Christ!
Brad D. Nelson, PhD is from Hillsboro, OH is an active-duty Air Force Officer assigned to Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Mr. Nelson is active in his church and community, a “Big Brother” for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and an impassioned advocate for improving the plight of Returning Citizens. Mr. Nelson and his wife (Amanda) call the Dayton, OH area home. His favorite scripture is, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” You can visit him at www.bradnelsonphd.com.