June 26, 2015 – Faith Steps for Military Families by Lisa Nixon Phillips was named a ‘finalist’ in the 2015 Indie Book Awards under the Religious/Non-Fiction category. (www.IndieBookAwards.com).
About the Military Family Lifestyle
Even though it was welcomed news to learn that the overall divorce rate among military marriages dropped in the last two years, it’s probably due to the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan paring down. Still, a military marriage is a tough lifestyle. And unfortunately, many military marriages lack a spiritual foundation when heading into major transitions like relocating domestically or overseas, family separations, deployments, and lengthy missions. Having faith as a part of a military marriage works much like a ship’s anchor. It can hold and keep a family stable and hopeful because there’s the knowledge that a Sovereign God, or a Higher Power is in charge, and everything that affects the family is seen first through a lens of faith. Faith gives meaning and purpose to a complex lifestyle. This shared interest empowers the service member and the family to maintain one common purpose–to stay focused on the mission, both abroad and at home. “Like every military family, my marriage and family hit hard times, even desperate times, but having spiritual resolve gave us the extra grit and grace we needed when we wavered in mental and emotional strength.”
The military community agrees that faith and prayer do make a difference in the overall well-being and resiliency (the ability to bounce back after a difficult setback) of military families. The key benefit is it leads to a strong spiritual family unity that becomes the reservoir from which to draw strength from.
About the Book
Everyone loves the Book of Psalms. They are rich in imagery, faith, and raw emotion. Faith Steps for Military Families – Spiritual Readiness Through the Psalms of Ascent uses fifteen specific psalms to convey biblical concepts for building a spiritual foundation into military homes. Packed full of rich and descriptive metaphors, each psalm reveals a theme. Faith Steps for Military Families develops these themes and translates them into the lives of twenty-first century military families. Come away with a deeper understanding of God’s nature as Protector, Keeper and the Night Watchman, hope for when life as a military family is on hold, how a spirit of unity build resiliency into the military family, the danger of a complacent faith, how God defends His people, and other themes.
Brief Book Review: Thank you, Lisa Nixon Phillips. Faith Steps for Military Families took me deep into God’s Word, revealed its profound relevance for today, and encouraged my heart. Military families, if you’re looking for solid, biblically-based guidance and hope, look no further. The truth held within the psalms Lisa has chosen to explore has the power to change lives.
– Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives
Lisa’s book is available to order through her website at http://www.LisaNixonPhillips.com and through Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com. It is also available on Kindle.
Lisa Phillips is a retired Navy wife and mother, originally from Lawrence, Kansas, far from the world of war ships and deployments. At the time they met, her husband, Ray, was stationed on the U.S.S. Kansas City, home ported in Alameda, California. Lisa writes and speaks on topics relating to the complex military lifestyle. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #178 and is active in her community with military families and veterans. She has two grown children. Her daughter, Megan serves as a Captain in the Army National Guard and her son, Lawrence, is attending college and pursuing a Navy career. Just before her husband’s Navy retirement in 2003, they purchase Ed’s Transmission Of Marysville – a rebuild facility in Marysville, WA. Lisa and her husband have been married 28 years.
To check out Lisa’s website and blog on articles about the military lifestyle or to inquire about her speaking, go to her website at http://www.LisaNixonPhillips.com
You can also find her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FaithStepsForMilitaryFamilies and on Twitter @LisaNixonPhilli