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Combat Ready Devotional #10

As for you, the one who lives in the shelter of the sovereign One, 

and resides in the protective shadow of the mighty king

Psalm 91:1

Shadow of The Lord

This Psalm goes on to say that those who stay in God’s protective shadow will be rescued by God and God will protect them. Part of this Psalm is even quoted in the New Testament. But it’s not all about God. It’s about what we must do.

Isn’t it nice to sit in a shadow during a hot day? You can’t sit in the same spot the whole time though. You must move with the shadow. This is what the Psalmist is saying. We must rest in the Lord’s shadow and be aware when it moves. God’s shadow won’t be in the same place all the time. Go where God is. Seek Him out. That means we can’t focus on what we want, we must focus on where God is.

This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or go anywhere else books are sold.

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Combat Ready Devotional # 8

It is not because you were more numerous than all the other peoples that the Lord favored and chose you – for in fact you were the least numerous of all peoples. Rather it is because of his love for you and his faithfulness to the promise he solemnly vowed to your ancestors that the Lord brought you out with great power, redeeming you from the place of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So realize that the Lord your God is the true God, the faithful God who keeps covenant faithfully with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, but who pays back those who hate him as they deserve and destroys them. He will not ignore those who hate him but will repay them as they deserve. So keep the commandments, statutes, and ordinances that I today am commanding you to do.

Deuteronomy 7:7-11

The One True God

The ancestors referred to here are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As Christians, we are also descendants of Abraham (Galatians 3:29), so this promise is for us too. Of course God didn’t bring us out of Egypt and, no, we aren’t heirs to the land of Israel. But we are heirs to God’s faithfulness.

God loved us first (John 3:16) and has been faithful with His plan of salvation. He loved us while we were sinners (Romans 5:8). Only the One True God can do this. He is faithful to us. All He asks us in return is to keep His commandments. Ask yourself right now, ‘Am I living according to God’s purpose?’ ‘Am I keeping God’s commandments?’

This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or go anywhere else books are sold.

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Combat Ready Devotional #4

Isn’t this what we told you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone so that we can serve the Egyptians, because it is better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!’”

Exodus 14:12

Serve The LORD

The Israelites had a narrow vision. They didn’t see what God saw. They were happy being servants in Egypt, at least they had all the food they can eat and all the water and wine they can drink. Life wasn’t too bad for them, or so they thought. They didn’t want to go through the process of God eliminating their bad habits so they can serve Him instead of Egypt. They didn’t want to be a holy nation. They didn’t want God so God allowed them to die in the desert.

God has great plans for you even though you can’t see it. To realize these plans you have to be torn away from serving the wrong master. This is a painful experience. It’s easy to see why the Israelites complained. We want the best of what this world has to offer. But, God wants to offer you the best of the next world. To get that, you must put aside everything that gets in the way of you serving Him alone. Don’t look back. Trust in God.

This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or go anywhere else books are sold.

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Combat Ready Devotional # 3

Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron in the night and said, “Get up, get out from among my people, both you and the Israelites! Go, serve the Lord as you have requested! Also, take your flocks and your herds, just as you have requested, and leave. But bless me also.” The Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, and they gave them whatever they wanted,and so they plundered Egypt.

Exodus 21:31, 32, 36

This is what Pharaoh, ruler over all of Egypt, told Moses after the tenth and last plague that killed his eldest son. The Egyptians forced the Israelites out of their land. Essentially bribing them with all of their jewels and goods for them to leave immediately. This was God’s plan all along. He had hardened Pharaoh’s heart during the previous nine plagues so He can show off His awesome power. So the Israelites and all the world will know that He is the One True God.

Israel had to suffer through some of the same plagues the Egyptians did. But, they made it through. In your life you may be going through some personal plagues. It may be at work, school, or at home. Be like the Israelites and patiently wait through it. In the end, you will be blessed for what you went through. You will be richer too. You may not be financially richer but you will be spiritually richer. Allow God to work His miracles in your life. Wait for His plan to come together not your own plans.

This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or go anywhere else books are sold.

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Get Your Free Copy of “Combat Ready” Today

Book signing event poster

Book signing event poster

I am giving away my book in PDF form to anyone who wants a copy. I am just asking for that you do two things:

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2.) Read the book and leave a review at one of three possible locations: Goodreads, Amazon, or WestBow Press. (Click on the word to navigate to the page)

Now, all you have to do is fill out the form below and your free book will be emailed to you shortly.


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My Author Q & A with WestBow Press

The Following interview is a reblog from the WestBow Press blog. You can access the original interview here: David Q & A


WestBow Press

WestBow Press

David Wolstenholm is the author of Combat Ready, and he served in the Marine Corps infantry as a TOW Gunner from 1998 – 2002. He was deployed twice, first in 2000 to the Mediterranean, and second in 2002 to the Middle East and Africa. David served with the 2nd Battalion 6th Marine Regiment.

In 2005, David became a Christian, and in 2009 he began attending Andrew’s University Theological Seminary on a part-time basis. He did this for two years before attending full-time in 2011. David has a passion to reach people who are suffering through life; he has a special place in his heart for fellow veterans and youth. He served as a youth pastor for one year in Virginia before moving to Michigan to complete his studies. David is currently in the process of transitioning to Redding, Calif., where he will be an associate pastor at a church plant.

David recently had a book signing at a Barnes & Noble in Mishawaka, Ind. Here, we talk with David to learn what inspired him to write Combat Ready, and to ask him for advice for his fellow authors to land book signings at their local bookstores.

WestBow Press: What inspired you to write Combat Ready

David Wolstenholm: I was inspired by two sources. First, I heard a sermon where the speaker was using military boot camp in comparison to the Christian life. It was a good example, but the speaker had never been to boot camp. This inspired me to write a first-hand look at the similarities between military and Christian experiences. My second inspiration came from God. I always had a sense that God wanted me to write a book, it just took several years to figure out what it would be.

WBP: What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?

DW: That being a Christian isn’t easy. It takes hard, deliberate work to be a Christian, but with the power of God, you can overcome evil. If you happen to be a veteran or in active duty, your experiences there help make you uniquely qualified to be a Christian.

WBP: As a self-published author, it is important to have a strong author platform. What have you done to help your author platform?

DW: When I first published my book I had no author platform, and I quickly realized that needed to change. I already had a Twitter account, but I didn’t really use it too much. I started deliberately following people who I thought might have an interest in my book. Now, I have almost 4,000 followers. Next, I started working on my blog, The Carpenter’s Ministry. I also listed Combat Ready on Goodreads, created a Goodreads Author account for myself and created a Facebook page for Combat Ready. Other social media outlets I use: YoutubePinterestLinkedInVimeoAmazon Author pageReddit and Stumpleupon.

I realized this too late: you need to have an author platform before your book is published. If you are currently working on your first book, start working on your author platform at the same time.

WBP: Is there one social media site you prefer and highly recommend to other self-published authors? Why?

DW: I would have to recommend two. The first one I would recommend is Twitter. It is the easiest way to meet people from around the world who may be interested in your book; I have sold several books just by meeting people on Twitter. The second one I would recommend is a blog. You need to have your own blog because it is a place where you get to tell people a little more about yourself and what your passions are. I really like WordPress because it allows you to link your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts right to your blog. This means that everyone of your friends and followers on those social media platforms will automatically receive an update for any new blog post.

WBP: You had a book signing back in February, and you had a book signing this past Monday at a Barnes & Noble in Mishawaka, Ind. How did you set those up?

DW: They were both pretty easy. The one I had in February was at my school, so I just cleared it with the Dean and sat out in the commons area and signed and sold copies of Combat Ready. Getting a book signing at Barnes & Noble was just as easy. I called the store and asked to speak with someone about doing a book signing. I called several stores and was able to set up a book signing at two stores. I had a book signing this Sunday at a Barnes & Noble in Grand Rapids, Mich., and then the book signing on Monday in Mishawaka, Ind. Barnes & Nobles created a poster for my signing, ordered the books, and advertised the event in their publication and on their site.

WBP: What advice do you have for fellow WestBow Press authors for scheduling book signings at their local bookstores?

DW: Try to do it on a special occasion, or a time that coordinates with your book’s message. Since my book deals with military, I scheduled mine on Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, you can’t really predict or control the weather, and since it was nice out on Sunday, not many people came to the mall. But, on Monday it was rainy and the mall was much busier. The best thing you can do is call bookstores and talk to them. Don’t be afraid of being rejected.

WBP: What suggestions do you have for hosting a successful book signing?

DW: Make sure people know that there is a book signing going on. Promote it heavily on social media, and try to get a hold of local media to see if they would like to cover it.

WBP: Do you have any plans for writing another book?

DW: Yes, I plan to build off of Combat Ready. I am going to start writing a fiction series based off of it, as well as I would like to write a devotional book based off of it. I also have a different book I would like to write called, Sin and Salvation: Make the Complex Simple.


Combat Ready enables the reader to understand the experience of military life with a spiritual twist. The book comes to life using various stories of David’s and other veterans’ military experience. Combat stories will get your heart racing as life and death are hanging in the balance. Combat Ready will open your eyes to the larger battle being waged between good and evil. It will show you how to be equipped for this battle and how to keep pushing forward in the Christian faith. It shows veterans and active duty personnel how, through their experiences, they are uniquely qualified to be Christians.

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