HomeAbout meTestimonialsBooks for the military community

Copyright 2008 - 2019 Benita Koeman, Operation We Are Here.  All rights reserved.
Operation We Are Here is a HUB of RESOURCES for the military community and military supporters.
Military support is not a concept to embrace; military support is sacrificial action. Visit our military support TOOLKIT.
After the Boxes are Unpacked
Author: Susan Miller, Copyright @ 2016
Click here to locate a study group
Get After the Boxes study materials donated to your military installation

Help and Hope to Make It Through Your Move - Discover the encouragement and practical advice you need to survive your move―and even thrive! Susan Miller has helped thousands of women just like you, and she shares the essential tools you need for a smoother transition:
  • life-giving biblical principles and ideas for coping with change
  • ideas for building relationships in a new community
  • true stories and powerful inspira-tion
  • empathy and insights for the hard times
  • survival boxes full of helpful hints
  • and much more!

For over 20 years After the Boxes are Unpacked has helped thousands of uprooted women face a move with greater hope and trust in God. Now expanded and updated, this book will encourage the uprooted today and for generations to come.

Susan Miller's empathetic and practical advice will assure you that you're not alone in how you feel about your move. She'll help you unpack and process the strong emotions that accompany such a major life transition. With this book as your guide, you'll find that the challenges you face because of a move will be used in your life and in the life of your family for personal and spiritual growth.

Don't make a move without this book!

Just Moved Ministry will donate a complete After the Boxes Are Unpacked study to any military chapel that will supply a facilitator. The Operation Hope kit includes the 3-disc, 12-session Video Series, a Facilitator Guide, and 7 copies of Susan Miller’s book, After the Boxes are Unpacked.

If you are ordering books for an After the Boxes Are Unpacked group study, be sure your group is enrolled with Just Moved Ministry so that you will receive the discount price and a special shipping rate!

A Time to Embrace a Time to Refrain from Embracing
A military wife's journey through deployments
Building our homes through the Word and prayer
Author: Beverly Marie Anderson, Copyright @ 2009

Since 1990 Beverly Anderson, has been ministering to military spouses. Her vision is to help every military spouse to find their purpose alongside of their husband. Today Beverly has developed a 12 month training course teaching military spouses, how to be successful in deployments. Beverly trains military spouses how to be married to A Man of War!

Beverly is a 1997 graduate of Calvary Cathedral International Bible School in Ft. Worth, Texas. She has been married to Husband Maurice, 26 years. Beverly has traveled throughout the United States and overseas, sharing the word of God with military families.

A Time to Embrace A time to Refrain from Embracing 12 Month Deployment Training for Military Spouses LSSP -Love, Serve, Support, Protect To Build Our Homes through the Word of God and Prayer Titus 2:3-5. These courses were designed for the military spouse. The purpose of these courses is to train the spouse to find her purpose alongside of her husband. These courses will train you to lead your family through successful leadership during military deployments Military Spouse Training Courses will train you how to have a vision within the vision of your spouse's career.

Beyond Brave
Faith to stand firm in military life
Author: Planting Roots, Copyright @ 2019

The Bible says Christ has come to set the captives free. In the military, we understand the fight for freedom from a unique perspective. There’s a battle for liberty in the spiritual realm of life as well as the physical. As women in uniform or women in military families, we also understand the snares and pitfalls that pervade our daily lives--stress, worry, insecurity, and self-sufficiency vs. God-dependency. This six-week Bible study of Galatians 5 will empower you to identify and overcome areas of struggle we all face. In Christ, we are free. . . * From false ideas * Free from spiritual striving * Free from spiritual uncertainty *Free from guilt and shame. Better yet, in Christ, we are free to love others, follow God’s Spirit, and grow in faith! Whether you are a seasoned Bible veteran or a new recruit to God’s Word, you will learn fresh concepts and God’s good plans for you to live in spiritual freedom. With lessons and examples applied to military life, Beyond Brave will show you how to stand firm on God’s truth, even in the challenges of military experience. Go beyond the battles you face today and be brave in the good fight of faith.

 Planting Roots is committed to creating resources that point women around the globe to Christ so they can plant roots of faith to thrive in military life.

Defending the Military Family
Homebuilders couples
Authors: Jim Fishback and Bea Fishback, Copyright @ 2005

If you or your spouse is serving in the armed forces, you understand the unique parenting challenges of military families. Authors Jim and Bea Fishback, with more than two decades of military experience, have written this five-week small group study. It will help you defend your most important home front--your family.

Defending the Military Marriage
Homebuilders couple
Authors: Jim Fishback and Bea Fishback, Copyright @ 2004

Lt. Col. Jim Fishback and wife Bea discuss Defending the Military Marriage. A small group study designed to help military couples build a solid marriage. Covers items such as communicating, basic training, sexual accountability and love.

Enhancing Your Marriage
A woman's Bible study
Author: Judy Rossi, Copyright @ 2005

Being in a love-relationship with Jesus Christ can't help but influence our love-relationship with our spouses. Jesus will see to that. He calls us to Himself and lovingly begins to retool our souls. And much of the work takes place in the workshop of our marriages. Enhancing Your Marriage: A Women's Bible Study will challenge you to follow God in your marriage, to let Him have full access to your life, to permit Him to re-tool your role as your husband's wife in accordance with His truth, all the while shaping you into the image of His Son. He will challenge you in every area of your marriage: love, respect, attitude, commitment, friendship, sex, romance, communication, prayer. And whether you study this book on your own or with a group, you will learn to enjoy and maximize the perks of your marriage while gaining a new freedom and confidence to address the problems of your marriage. Your relationship with your husband will become a purposeful adventure! (Not specifically a military Bible study, however, I have included it as Judy Rossi is the wife of a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army.)

E100 (The Essential One Hundred) Challenge
Author: Whitney T. Kuniholm

Have you ever wanted to read the Bible but didn't know where to start? What should I study? Who will help me? Making it through the Bible is a challenge, but it's worth it. That's what E100 is all about.

The Essential 100 Challenge (the E100) is a new way to read through the Bible, using carefully selected Bible passages - 50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament. You'll get the big picture without getting bogged down.

By registering, you will have access to all these tools and more; simply complete the Start Your Journey form to the right and you'll be on your way to start, and finish, the E100 challenge. See you on the trail!

Knowing that best journeys are often shared journeys, the Group Discussion Guide is a great tool to help facilitate a weekly small group study based on the E100 readings for that week. Each of the 20 sessions contains several questions that help leaders guide their team members into a deeper investigation, both individually and corporately, of the Scripture. The booklet contains instructions for leading a small group and is therefore usable by both Chaplain and lay-led groups.

Faith Deployed
Daily encouragement for military wives
Author: Jocelyn Green
(with contributing authors from every branch of the U.S. military)
Copyright @ 2008

As a military wife, if you have ever felt overlooked and undernourished as you strive daily to meet the needs of everyone around you—in a culture that largely does not understand your stressful lifestyle—this book is for you.

Faith Deployed is not a guide to long-distance relationships or a how-to on navigating through the military culture. It does not offer “ten easy steps” for an easier, painless life. Instead, through squarely addressing the challenges you face, Faith Deployed will equip you to respond biblically to the daily struggles that threaten to wear you down.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT* Save 40% off if you purchase more than six at a time. E-mail Gene Eble at [email protected] to obtain the discount.

Faith Deployed study guide
Author: Catherine Fitzgerald, Copyright @ 2010
Link to download study

This  downloadable PDF offers a six-week topical study drawing from the Bible, first and foremost, and from selected passages from Faith Deployed. The weekly topics covered are:
  • Loneliness 
  • Fear/Anxiety 
  • Contentment 
  • Bitterness 
  • Temptation 
  • Weariness 

This study would be great to do either during or between deployments. The guide contains everything the leader needs:
  • How-to-use this guide instructions 
  • Tips for a successful small group 
  • Ideas for icebreakers and discussion starters 
  • Detailed outline for each week’s lesson 
  • Bonus links to Web pages that might be useful resources 
  • Take-home sheets for continued growth in each participant between each lesson

Remember, this resource is absolutely free, so download the Faith Deployed Group Guide, print it, use it! Only the leader need print out the guide, participants need only come to the group with their Bibles and Faith Deployed books.

Faith Deployed...Again
More daily encouragement for military wives
Author: Jocelyn Green
(with contributing authors from every branch of the U.S. military)
Copyright @ 2011

As husbands are being deployed multiple times, the women left behind desperately need encouragement and strength to maintain the home-front.  Often lonely, frequently overwhelmed by the needs around her, and continually stressed by a unique lifestyle, she needs to be equipped as to how to respond biblically to the daily struggles that threaten to wear her down. 

Faith Deployed...Again:  More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives is filled with wisdom and insight from over twenty-five Christian wives, representing every branch of the military, and explores how the Bible relates to a variety of topics and issues - including those that arise with post-deployment – encountered in a military marriage.   Each devotional is based on the unchanging character of God and the anchor we have in Jesus Christ offering encouragement, strength, community, and hope to the heroes at home.

Faith Deployed...Again:  More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives includes a bonus section of devotions written by and for Blue Star Moms.

Faith Deployed...Again study guide
Author: Catherine Fitzgerald, Copyright @ 2011
Link to download study

This  downloadable PDF offers a seven-week topical study drawing from the Bible, first and foremost, and from selected passages from Faith Deployed. The weekly topics, taken from the categories of the first seven sections of the book, are:
  • Accepting Military Life
  • Unmet Demands and Expectations
  • More than Surviving
  • Do Not Fear
  • Finding Roots
  • Finding Your Ministry
  • Band of Sisters

This study would be great to do either during or between deployments. The guide contains everything the leader needs:
  • How-to-use this guide instructions
  • Tips for a successful small group
  • Ideas for icebreakers and discussion starters
  • Detailed outline for each week’s lesson
  • Take-home sheets for continued growth in each participant between each lesson

Remember, this resource is absolutely free, so download the Faith Deployed…Again Small Group Guide, print it, use it! Only the leader need print out the guide, participants need only come to the group with their Bibles and Faith Deployed…Again books.

Faithful Under Fire
A Bible study and devotional for the film Hacksaw Ridge
CRU Military, Copyright @ 2016
Link to FREE download

We are honored to stand alongside our uniformed heroes who find themselves needing to be “faithful under fire”. Our heroes, just like WWII Army medic and Medal of Honor recipient Private First Class Desmond Doss, recently portrayed in Lionsgate Entertainment’s film Hacksaw Ridge, faithfully serve with honor and distinction because it’s the right and godly thing to do.

For those that serve in uniform today, it still takes a special courage to hold onto one’s biblical convictions in what is an increasingly pluralistic or secular “marketplace.” The need to live faithfully in this world as citizens of our Nation while reserving our highest allegiance to the Kingdom of God is as great as it has even been. Service members pledge to serve and even die so we can live our lives in freedom. That’s a heavy burden to bear without Jesus. Receive your free copy today of Faithful Under Fire to share with a hero in your life!

Finding Joy
The year apart that made me a better wife
Author: Hope Griffin, Copyright @ 2015

As a military spouse and mother (with one of her children being a young cancer survivor), Hope has faced some long, lonely nights questioning God's faithfulness and the strength of her marriage. If you've ever found yourself in a long-distance marriage and wondered if it was possible not only to survive but also to thrive, then this book is for you. Hope invites you-through personal experience, examples of others in history, and Scripture-to explore the possibility of a stronger more fulfilling marriage. Together we are stronger. Together we can overcome any obstacle. You don't have to do it alone.

Flourish Wherever the Military Sends You
A six-week Bible study on Psalm 92
Author: Planting Roots, Copyright @ 2019

Bloom where you’re planted. Great advice. But what does that even mean? What does the Bible say about flourishing? Jesus said he came to give us abundant life. More and better life than we have ever dreamed of. As military women who are constantly uprooted, we don’t always experience this. At some duty stations, we flourish. At others, we struggle to survive. Flourish Wherever the Military Sends You will help you experience abundant life wherever you are planted. Based on solid principles from the word of God, this study of Psalm 92 will teach you:
  • How to show gratitude when all you want to do is complain
  • How to praise God for who he is, not just what he does
  • How to spend time in God’s presence even when life is hard
  • How to love others when military life stresses you out and wears you down

The Bible teaches us how to thrive. Join us on a journey through Psalm 92 and begin to live the flourishing life Jesus promised.

God + Military Spouse
United our families will stand
Author: Kathleen Cline, Copyright @ 2008

When the Iraq war first broke out there was ramped support for the military but as time went on personal support dwindled. Yet given the extended tour of duty, support became increasingly necessary to help women and their children get through long deployments and absences of husbands and fathers. As the wife of a Navy man, Kathleen Cline discovered that while there are many helpful books for women, there were none specifically for military wives and the particular challenges they face. During her overseas tour she also learned the importance of the Naval Chapel and the support it gives to military families. At the last three duty stations she volunteered at the Naval Chapel, teaching children church, leading womans Bible study and helping to organize VBS. Now, due to the war, the Naval Chapels focus must be on the active duty member which has left a gap of Biblical education for the family members. God + Military Spouse is the result of this need, and Kathleen Cline is qualified to offer it. From predeployment anxiety, to loneliness, depression and even temptation, God + Military Spouse is the support group manual for military wives and study groups who are serious about preserving the treasure of marriage and family. 

God Strong
The military wife's spiritual survival guide
Author: Sara Horn, Copyright 2010

As a military wife, caring for your home and family is a mission that never stops. You want to support your husband while he serves, but you often wonder if you have what it takes. As someone who has been through this herself, Sara Horn will remind you with encouraging spiritual insights that you don't have to be an army of one when you are God Strong.

Currently, more than one million military wives care for their families and their homes, often while their husbands are deployed out of state or overseas for months at a time. These women can experience a roller coaster of emotions including disappointment, loneliness, and fear. Sara Horn, the wife of a navy reservist, understands the challenges these women face. She knows how to talk about faith and spiritual truths through the filter of military life. In her encouraging book, Horn shares her personal stories, as well as wisdom and anecdotes of other wives from all branches of service. She reminds readers that: * God is in control. * You can have joy, no matter what. * Superwomen get grace, too. * God knows where you hurt. Horn's reliance on Scripture and confidence in God's comfort during difficult times will remind military wives they don't have to be an army of one when they are God Strong.

God Strong study guide
Author: Sara Horn, Copyright 2010
Link to download individual study
Link to download group study

Thank you for your interest in GOD Strong: A Military Wife’s Spiritual Survival Guide! I am so excited to share this book with you – it is definitely a culmination of everything God has laid on my heart over the last few years to share with military wives.

As you read through the book, you may want to take some extra time to dig deeper into what God says about being strong, and also spend some moments really thinking through what God is trying to teach you about relying on His strength. The individual guide I’ve prepared for you is a very simple but I hope encouraging tool that will help you do those things. Each chapter has been divided into a week, with 5 days of book reading assignments, Scripture reading, and journal prompts.

Growing Together
Strength to persevere in military life
Author: Melissa Hicks, Planting Roots, Copyright @ 2020

Bloom where you are transplanted is a reality of the military life. So how do I make the best of my community? Grow where you are transplanted should be the military motto. When transplanted, a plant will experience shock or stress. Obvious signs will be wilted or yellowing leaves. Unfortunately, the stress we experience as military women is not quite as obvious. Unseen shock can reveal itself in isolation, depression, dwindling faith, or hopelessness. Moves, deployments, training calendars, foreign places, goodbyes. These events punctuate our lives. Add to that holidays spent away from loved ones, missed birthdays and anniversaries. The stress of military life takes its toll both on the active duty member, the spouse, and also the children.

The Bible calls us to persevere, but that is easier said than done, especially when life gets tough. How do you persevere when inconsistency is your constant and your closest friends are thousands of miles away? What incentives do you have for plugging into a community that you will leave in a couple of years?

Growing Together answers to those questions. Using the book of Hebrews as a backdrop, we will explore issues such as spiritual drifting, encouragement, how to hold fast, and the need for intentional community. This 6-week study can be done individually, with a friend, or in a group setting. It is written by military women for military women. The truths spoken here however apply to all of us. We want this to be a tool and an encouragement to help you persevere in order to grow through the joys and challenges of military life.

Hope for the Home Front
Winning the emotional and spiritual battles of a military wife
Author: Marshele Carter Waddell, Copyright @ 2003 

Military wives are entrenched at home in the battle for their marriages, their children, their faith, and their sanity, which are all caught in the cross fire.

A seasoned military wife, Marshele Carter Waddell arms other military wives with God's promises of power and protection. In her warm and personable style, she recounts many of her own family stories: a call to duty interrupting
a romantic dinner, watching her husband disappear into a submarine not to return home for months, and being far away from family during her father's illness and death.

For wives serving on the home front, burdens of fear, loneliness, anger, disappointment, temptation, single parenting, and separation from loved ones may easily rob them of the joy of following God's calling for their
families. Hope for the Home Front provides Scriptural promises, tested advice, and compassionate support. "We have a firm anchor," Waddell reminds readers: "our faith in an unchanging God whose promises never fail."

Hope for the Home Front study guide
Author: Marshele Carter Waddell, Copyright @ 2006 

A 12-week interactive Bible study, Marshéle Carter Waddell explores the emotional and spiritual battlegrounds common in the experience of today's military wife.

In Our Shoes
Real life issues for ministers' wives by ministers' wives
Authors: Rachel Lovingood and Jennifer Landrith, Copyright @ 2009 

In Our Shoes is an 8-topic study for personal enrichment or a guide to build discussion and interactions with a group of ministers' wives. It includes tips for navigating transitions to new churches, leader guidance for 8 group sessions, a group covenant, and ideas and recipes for entertaining at the drop of a hat.

One size fits all doesn't translate for shoes-and it doesn't for ministers' wives either. If you serve in ministry you've encountered many Bible studies, full of truth but lacking the life issues that wives in ministry face. This study was designed and written by ministers' wives who know just what it's like to walk in your shoes.

Note: Operation We Are Here included this book as a resource for military chaplain spouses. While there are differences between the chaplain spouse and minister's wife, there are also similarities, and it is my hope that this book would be an encouragement to the many military chaplain spouses who serve alongside their husband.)

Joyful Momentum
Growing and Sustaining Vibrant Women’s Groups
Author: Elizabeth Tomlin, Copyright @ 2020

A Catholic Handbook for Successful Women's Ministry.

People venture into leadership roles for all kinds of reasons. Perhaps you are consulting this book to begin a new women’s ministry, or you are formulating a plan to help you strengthen an existing ministry. Maybe you feel disheartened or unappreciated in your current ministry and you are ready for something new. You know that women’s ministry is important, but you are not sure where God is calling you now. No matter where you are in your life in women’s ministry, Joyful Momentum will help you reflect on your work more deeply and provide tools and best practices to keep moving forward.

This book will teach you:
  • why friendships and connection are essential for the success of women's ministry
  • how to build a team dedicated to women's ministry
  • tips for team conflict resolution and long-term transitional planning

Loving Your Military Man
Author: Bea Fishback, Copyright @ 2007

A small-group study designed to help military wives love their husbands. 

From her first day in Seoul, Korea, author Bea Fishback quickly discovered the fairy tale marriage she expected was indeed just a fairy tale. Her Prince Charming, an Army officer, would regularly disappear for field maneuvers and TDYs. As a result of this and other pressures, they found themselves approaching a marital impasse and ultimately isolation. 

Bea began to overcome this isolation by applying the advice Paul gives in Philippians 4:8 to focus on whatever is true, honorable, righteous, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise. In this ten-part study, she encourages military wives to love their husbands in this way. Bea shows how to help build lifelong marriages that leave strong, stable legacies for their children and grandchildren.

Making Your Marriage Deployment Ready
Homebuilders couples
Authors: Mike and Linda Montgomery, Keith and Sharon Morgan, Copyright @ 2008

Divorce rates among military families are at epidemic proportions with repeated deployments and the normal challenges of military life taking their toll. The most vulnerable victims of family stress are military children. Many of the solutions to family unity are spiritual in nature. Making Your Marriage Deployment Ready is an important part of a ministry to establish Hope on the Home Front and give families the faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Making Your Marriage Deployment Ready uses time tested marriage principles and prepares military couples with the necessary tools to counter deployment challenges and bring hope and victory to active duty, Guard and Reserve families. It is the definitive small group Bible study for preparing a couple to live victoriously despite the stresses of deployments and today’s demanding military lifestyle.

Meet and Multiply
Spreading hope in a hurting world
Author: Planting Roots, Copyright @ 2022

Two thousand years ago, a rabbi walked this earth and started a revolution that impacted the whole world. His message was simple: love God and love others. He empowered his disciples to go and tell others that the kingdom of God was here and available to all. That message spread like wildfire and is still going strong today.

The newest study by Planting Roots, Meet and Multiply, is a journey through the Bible to understand the concept of the Church, its purpose, its mission, and your role in it. When we meet, we proclaim God’s love for us, that He is one, and when we live out that love, we multiply.

See the story of Jesus and his calling on our lives in a fresh new way, digging into what it can look like in our military community. He’s calling us all. Will you answer?

Olive Drab Pom-Poms
Author: Kori Yates, Copyright @ 2011
Link to download small group study guide

Military wives spend years, or even a lifetime, cheering for and supporting their man in uniform. It is a challenging and sometimes overwhelming task. At times, we get caught up in the day-to-day job of simple survival and forget that God has much more planned for us.

Author Kori Yates is one of those military wives. In Olive Drab Pom-Poms, she challenges women in her position to seek God's calling in their lives. She guides military wives-and military wives-to-be-in how to find their place in their husband's world. Readers will learn how to face challenges, their own and others', using God's help each step of the way. And there will be challenges; in a sometimes-uncertain world of the military, that is one definite fact.

Olive Drab Pom-Poms helps military wives stand in unquestionable support of the men they love, serving as cheerleaders, while recognizing that God intends more for them than standing on the sidelines of their husband's career. He has a plan for their lives, and Olive Drab Pom-Poms will help readers discover what He wants for you as you experience life as a real military wife.

Raising Responsive Children
A Bible study for moms
Author: Judy Rossi, Copyright @ 2008

Raising Responsive Children is written for all moms--married moms, divorced moms, widowed moms, moms who have never married--whose kids are any age. Throughout the twelve lessons in Raising Responsive Children, you'll study God as a parent—your Parent. You'll examine your relationship with Him and compare it to His relationship with His Son; you'll make the connection between His precepts and parameters for you and how they impact your own parental responsibilities; and finally, you'll compare and contrast your parenting techniques with His, and where necessary, realign yours to meet His standard. (Not specifically a military Bible study, however, I have included it as Judy Rossi is the wife of a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army.)

The Combat Trauma Healing Manual
Christ-centered solutions for combat trauma
Author: Rev. Chris Adsit, Copyright @ 2007
Available through crumilitary.org
Link to Leader's Guide

The Combat Trauma Healing Manual offers spiritual solutions for struggles with PTSD by helping construct an environment that will give God optimal access to the wounded soul. Designed for individual or group study, the Combat Trauma Healing Manual combines the latest insights of the medical and counseling communities with the timeless principles of God’s Word. The book outlines a step-by-step program that will help PTSD sufferers…
  • Understand your trauma – spiritually, psychologically and physiologically
  • Adopt therapeutic spiritual disciplines to bring you closer to God
  • Process your loss and grief
  • Experience the freeing influence of giving and receiving forgiveness
  • Rebuild your identity based on what God says about you
  • Strengthen yourself spiritually against future attacks
  • Connect with those who will support you in many ways
  • Define plans to fully reintegrate into society as a strengthened man or woman of God

From the Introduction
The reality of war is that everyone gets wounded. Some wounds heal rapidly, but some last for a lifetime. The reality is that the wounds of heart, soul and spirit have a spiritual component that is not being adequately addressed. Despite the valiant efforts of many organizations and the commitment of billions of dollars to address these issues, there remains a serious gap – the faith gap.
Major General Robert F. Dees, US Army (Retired), Executive Director, Military Ministry

From the Prologue
My family and I thought leaving the Army would remove me from the dangers of war. I had survived war and had come home, safe at last. Now I could focus on being a parent and a husband. But upon leaving the Army, I entered a different kind of fight: the war for my own heart and mind. I went face-to-face with my memories, with the horrors and stresses of combat-and lost.

Questions and doubts ravaged my mind: Why did I survive and my men die? Why did they send me there? Why does God allow such terrible wars to happen? Why can’t I feel anything? 
Ashamed of the man I had become and unable to reconcile war, I reached a breaking point. I was highly praised and decorated for leadership under fire-yet I anguished in the aftermath of war. I realized I was about to lose everything: my marriage, my family, even my life. I had led a daring rescue mission and found myself in dire need of rescuing. I had fought to keep a promise-to never leave a fallen comrade-but who would keep that promise to me?
Former Captain Nathan Self, US Army Rangers

The 5 Love Languages Military Edition
The secret to love that lasts
Author: Gary Chapman with Jocelyn Green, Copyright @ 2013
Link to download the FREE group study guide
Link to FREE Love Languages of Military Children

Civilian marriage is hard enough. But imagine marriage when you're separated by thousands of miles, when one of you daily faces the dangers of combat and the other shoulders the full burden of home front duties. Husbands and wives in all five branches of the military need a special resource to help them navigate marriage in the midst of it all. Enter The 5 Love Languages Military Edition.

Special features of the Military Edition include:
  • Stories of military couples from every branch of service who have found ways to use the 5 love languages in their unique lifestyles
  • A Decoding Deployments section at the end of each love language chapter, offering tips on how to express love when you are apart.
  • A new chapter, Love Language Scramblers, explains how to speak the love languages through some of the most challenging times of a military marriage.
  • An updated Q&A section to include questions specific to military marriage.

The 5 Love Languages profile will help you and your partner identify your love languages so you can put the principles to work for you immediately. Guided by input from dozens of military couples in all stages of their careers, authors Gary Chapman and former military wife Jocelyn Green offer you an unparalleled tool for your marriage with The 5 Love Languages Military Edition.

Every book comes with instructions for how to receive a FREE eBook copy for your partner. Read it together—even during deployment!

Thriving Not Just Surviving
Deployment perspectives for today's military families
Officers' Christian Fellowship (OCF), www.ocfusa.org
Copyright @  2008

This new book offers powerful insights to military families who are facing multiple deployments. Thriving Not Just Surviving is a collection of dozens of interviews and articles, many by wives of men who are currently deployed. They share their stories of God's care and provision with the hope that they will inspire others in similar situations. Additionally deployed men also speak out and share what they want their wives to know about deployment. The final chapter of the book is dedicated to reunion and reintegration. 

To order copies, please contact Joyce Baerg at the OCF office in Englewood, Colorado, through e-mail ([email protected]) or phone (800-424-1984800-424-1984). We are offering Thriving Not Just Surviving for $10 each. For orders of ten or more copies, the price is discounted to $6 each. At this point, the book is only available through OCF.

Thriving, Not Just Surviving study guide
Officers' Christian Fellowship (OCF), Copyright @ 2010
Link to download study

When you hear the word deployment, what other words come to mind? Demanding, exhausting, lonely? Opportunity, growth, learning? Maybe you're telling yourself (as the children's game goes) "Can't go over it, can't go under it, can't go around it. We'll have to go through it!" The question is, who will go through it with you?

The highly personal stories in Thriving, Not Just Surviving tell of a Savior who is willing to go through your spouse's deployment with you. These stories cover a wide range of experiences common to all spouses of deployed service members, regardless of branch, rank, or spiritual maturity. We have chosen to focus on the stories which fit best with these eleven lessons, but we encourage you to read the whole book. Each story contains golden nuggets of truth. The study questions are designed to help you apply the authors' insights to your own situation and go deeper with God.

There is a Savior who wants to go on this journey with you. He is strong and wise. He knows the path you must take. Hold tightly to His hand. 

Tour of Duty
Preparing our hearts for deployment
Author: Sara Horn, Copyright @ 2010

Tour Of Duty is the only actual Bible study for military wives in the marketplace. There are a few trade books, but not a comprehensive study. Participants will join together with others who have a common thread, husbands who are being or have been deployed. This study helps wives deal with the emotional twists and turns they may not be ready to face. It will point them to God, and participants will learn how to lean on God and not carry so much of the weight that is so often placed on them. These women will learn to practically find their hope in Christ alone. 

Military families like to be prepared—they plan, they strategize, they organize. But whether they’re active, National Guard, or Reserve, when deployment comes, all the planning in the world can still fail when it comes to their hearts. 

Tour Of Duty is the only available Bible study for this specific group of women, and it’s an excellent starting point for military wives to get connected with others in the military community who share this common thread. Women facing deployment can learn how to lean on God and come out of it confident in the knowledge that God is with them, He loves them, and He has not abandoned them. 

This study with weekly homework can be done individually, but it is better suited for a group setting where women can discuss their personal experiences. 

Sessions: 7 Chapters (8 group sessions) 
  • Chapter 1 The Road Less Traveled 
  • Chapter 2 Walking on Water
  • Chapter 3 Embracing the Detours
  • Chapter 4 The Desert of Enough
  • Chapter 5 Mountain for One
  • Chapter 6 Facing the Giants
  • Chapter 7 This Is Your Time

Extra Bonus Material: 
  • The Emotional and Spiritual Stages of Deployment
  • For Churches: Ministering to Military Families

Virtuous Women of Valor
Discover the grace and wisdom to be the military wife God desires you to be
Author: Ester Johnson, Copyright @ 2010

Dive into Scripture and look at the good, the questionable, and the bad choices women connected with the military made during biblical times. Michal, Abigail, Bathsheba, Deborah, and other figures offer powerful and relevant examples for military wives to study and to learn from. While it is true that women face enormous challenges as their husbands serve in the nation’s armed forces, God always gives these unsung heroes the wisdom and grace needed to please Him.

When War Comes Home
Christ-centered healing for wives of combat veterans
Authors: Chris Adsit, Rahnella Adsit, Marshele Carter Waddell
Copyright @ 2008
Available through crumilitary.org

When War Comes Home: Christ-centered Healing for Wives of Combat Veterans offers comfort and practical help to the wives of combat veterans struggling with the hidden wounds of war, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Insights from the medical and counseling community are wrapped in biblical principles and the shared experiences of other military wives. The reader will: 
  • understand what happened to her husband – spiritually, psychologically and physiologically 
  • understand how her husband’s trauma symptoms are affecting her 
  • learn how to deal positively with grief, loss and forgiveness issues associated with PTSD 
  • learn how to build her own “healing place,” develop her support network, and know when and how to find physical safety 
  • understand and focus on her true identity in Christ 
  • recognize the real enemy and how to fight spiritual warfare 
  • learn how she can contribute to her husband’s healing environment 
  • learn how to construct a safe, healthy environment for her children 
  • understand the process of moving on to a “new normal”

Wives of the Warriors
Living confidently in Christ
Author: Ronda Sturgill, Copyright @ 2003

The wife of an active duty USAF Chaplain, Bible Study leader and Retreat/Seminar speaker, Ronda Sturgill has been a paraplegic as the result of a horseback riding accident in 1972. From a world class arch on the United States Wheelchair Athletic Team to a Christian communicator, Ronda ministers to both Military and Civilian audiences, motivating and encouraging them to apply Biblical principles to their lives.

Wives of the Warriors, Living Confidently in Christ is a ten-week Bible study that applies Biblical principles to the following circumstances:

  • Moving frequently
  • Deployments
  • Single parenting, yet happily married
  • Loneliness, anger, frustration

Participation in this study encourages interaction with Scripture for the purpose of changing attitudes and actions. Each week a new principle is presented which enables us to face each challenge with greater faith and confidence in God. Through in-depth study of His Word, we learn God's plans, purposes, and promises for our lives!

Additional Bible studies

Christian Military Fellowship
There is nothing more important than knowing God, knowing His will, and walking with Him in a daily relationship! The Bible studies we make available are here to help you discover God's truth for yourselves while at the same time learning to study the Word of God. They are meant to be your individual adventure in knowing God personally while at the same time learning to study the Bible inductively. You will learn to ask and answer your own questions right from the text. You will become intimately involved with the Word, the living Word.

  • Discipleship Training Objectives are a set of Bible study materials designed to help the learner gain an understanding of the basic tenets of the Christian Faith while simultaneously learning to study the Bible inductively.

  • Quick Step Bible Study is a simple devotional Bible study method for those who are in situations where they do not have the time or tools for more thorough, detailed studies.

  • Discovery Bible Study contains four lessons suitable for people who want to know how to have a relationship with God.  These folks are often found in the context of following up an evangelistic event, a Sunday School class, or from among friends, neighbors, and relatives.

These and other Bible study resources are available for download in digital format on our Bible Studies page.  Our members may order printed copies from our Resources page.

Life of Valor
Welcome to Life of Valor. This resource has been created by actual Navy SEALs for men who want to live more honorable lives. The SEALs that protect ourcountry live by a code. This resource will challenge you to create your own code and apply it to your life. You will be able to see the codes of other men as well as create your own. You can begin your journey by watching the full resource in the video player located on the left. Pastors and group leaders can download the full resource and conversation guide by clicking "Start Your Journey Now." Get ready to change your life.

The Navigators Calling is “to advance the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.” A significant part of this process is listening to God through the study of the Scriptures. We have provided a collection of tools to help both new believers and those mature in the faith discover new depth and insight through their time spent studying the Word:
  • Bible reading plans
  • How to index the edge of your Bible
  • How to study the Bible
  • 6 tips for reading the Bible with friends who don't believe it
  • What the names of Jesus tell us about His character
  • How to have a daily quiet time

Officers' Christian Fellowship (OCF)
Officers' Christian Fellowship offers a  wide range of Bible studies in Word and PDF format.
Some topics include:
  • 100 Days Study (100 short studies work well in deployed situations)
  • Abraham
  • Biblical Marriage by Dr. George Kuykendall
  • Biblical Truths 
  • Christian Leadership
  • Colossians
  • Concept of Calling and the Military Professional
  • Devotion & Worship
  • James
  • John
  • Practical Christianity
  • Thriving, Not Just Surviving

Also available:
Leading Effective Small Groups - Online articles on Leadership, Tips, Growth, and Disruptions.

Planting Roots
ROOTED Bible studies by Planting Roots are designed with military women in mind. They are short but not shallow, using only a Bible, a blank journal or notebook, and a desire to draw near to our God Most High. Whether doing this study at home or as part of a group, we hope you will gain spiritual strength as you encounter God.

We would love for you to use them for your own personal study, a small group you host or facilitate, or even your church or PWOC ministry!

Protestant Women of the Chapel
Protestant Women of the Chapel International offers a number of Bible studies online. You can download the participant’s guide, the leader’s guide and more from their web page.
Military Bible studies

Return to Books for the Military Community & Supporters - LINK​
Military Marriage Bible Studies - LINK

Scroll down for more information about:
(Additional resources listed above)​
Military Bible studies
​Additional Bible studies by military ministries

Disclosure: Benita Koeman of Operation We Are Here is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. When you purchase a product that is linked to Amazon, I earn a small commission which in turn helps me to continue with my mission of providing resources to the military community and military supporters. Learn more...
Military Bible studies & resources
After the Boxes are Unpacked
Resources for supporters of military and veteran families
  • Practical insights in caring for
             Home front families
             Military personnel
             PTSD, wounded warriors
             Loved ones of the fallen

Military and veteran family resources
  • Christian encouragement
  Bibles, devotionals, studies
  Bible verses that offer hope
  Of grace and gratitude
             peer support, sexual assault,
             suicide prevention
  • Deployment support for
  Military personnel
  Military spouses
  Military children, teens
  • Downloads and printables
  Brat Town Bugle TM
  Coloring pages
  Flat Brat TM
  Military house ornament

Operation We Are Here
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Pinterest
Follow us on