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William "Bill" McCoy

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Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Bill McCoy, USA, has been an ordained Lutheran Minister since “1977 and has published numerous articles in theological journals and professional magazines.  His formal education has been at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina (M.Div.), and at the Protestant Faculty of the University of Strasbourg France (Ph.D.).  He is ordained by the South Carolina Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).”  During his military career, Chaplain Bill McCoy has had assignment which included Campus Chaplain to the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. and chaplain for U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern, Germany. Chaplain Bill McCoy is the author of Under Orders: A Spiritual Handbook for Military Personnel.

Chaplain Bill McCoy said of Under Orders: A Spiritual Handbook for Military Personnel, “I am a Lutheran Minister serving on active duty in the U.S. Army. I've been an Army Chaplain for 18 years and come from a family of military people as well as church people. It is important to me that as we journey in our faith that we begin to find where we identify theologically. The reason for this is because life doesn't stand still. And some of the things you say you believed when you were young after a while become outdated and not as convenient when you face the challenges of life, disease, human relationship failures and problems with careers. By identifying with a theological center we are able to discover more about God than ever before and to enrich our lives with new discoveries and possibilities for God's grace to enter our dimly lit lives.”


According to the book description of Under Orders: A Spiritual Handbook for Military Personnel, it “is written for you in the military services who seek to nurture and sustain your faith in the face of war, deployments and the troubling questions of faith and life. Chaplain Bill McCoy's work is inspirational-- it guides soldiers as they struggle with the questions surrounding their service and their faith...a great book for soldiers to read several times throughout their careers, because while the questions he poses will always remain the same, the answers will change with age, experience, and in a deepening conviction. Under Orders should be in every rucksack for those moments when Soldiers need spiritual energy.”

Under Orders: A Spiritual Handbook for Military Personal
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One reader of Under Orders: A Spiritual Handbook for Military Personnel said, “This book is for EVERYONE and not just those in the military. Since I am not in the military, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed that it did not turn out to be another one of those I was THERE books, where the author recounts some moment in time and it's all about THEIR experience in the military. This book is different and quite refreshing. Instead this is a book where YOU are the captive audience reflecting upon YOUR own personal experiences. It's a hard book to put down because you find yourself constantly thinking and evaluating your own personal faith. Under Orders makes you stop, think, and explore your own identity and tests your spiritual journey. I really enjoyed this book and find myself thumbing back through it over and over. You will dog ear your favorites like I have... Don't pass this one up, I highly recommend it for EVERYONE.”

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