by Major Stephen
FIVE BOOKS - volume 3
Greetings in Jesus' name.
Welcome to JAC109, the 109th issue of Journal of
The theme for ‘109 is FIVE BOOKS.
Long time JAC readers will remember this old series
starting in 2003 with JAC26 and contributions from (then)
Major Janet Munn, Colonel Dennis Phillips, Commissioner Wesley
Harris, (then) Captain Danielle Strickland, (then)
Commissioner Shaw Clifton, and me.
In 2008 – JAC57 – we picked up the ‘series’ with
contributions from Commissioner Douglas Davis, (then) Major Willis
Howell, (then) Captain Amy Reardon, Captain Genevieve
Peterson, and Commissioner Joe Noland.
You can read both issues, here:
And it’s been almost a decade since.
But the hits keep coming with our third installment of
this popular series.
This is the largest to date:
We’ve got eight contributors this time; And
way more than the 40 titles you’d THINK would be generated for
a ‘FIVE books’ theme by EIGHT writers!
We should clarify that contributors were
expected to feature five books OTHER THAN the Bible.
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New
Testament are given by inspiration of God and that they only
constitute the divine rule of Christian faith and practice.
So, among many other things, they are the gold standard
for how we are to live and fight.
They provide the most comprehensive and trustworthy
revelation of God's character and purposes.
Don't misunderstand that we are suggesting that any of
the titles named can hold a candle to the Bible.
That said, here are our contributors:
Major Stacy Birks is a USW training officer
and pioneer of The Open Table cell (and network)
We get a glimpse at
the impact of her preaching way back in 2006's JAC44:
Debora Galeuchet is a candidate intern in
Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary Territory with her husband.
Her mom was interviewed four years ago in JAC84 here:
Envoy Roy Snapp-Kolas looks to help
formerly homeless people help homeless people become formerly
homeless people in corps that he has started or currently
leads in USW.
Lieutenant Dawn Apuan (USW) is a graduate
of The War College immersed in pastoral care in social
services. Dawn has several entries in JAC, including
JAC73/74/75 in 2011 as Cadet Dawn-Marie Paulson:
Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Barr is a ‘retired’
UKI officer who teaches, preaches, and writes from a
He gets a nod in 2009's JAC64 editorial intro for his
chapters in the BOSTON COMMON: Salvationist perspectives on
Lieutenant-Colonel Doug O’Brien is a
‘retired’ USW officer with a huge personal library currently
helping develop large projects in Southern California. His
daughter Claire O'Brien-Hawk contributed to JAC108:
Lieutenant Vanessa Coleman is a corps
officer (of two at a time!) in UKI Territory pioneering in
prayer and the prophetic. She has written in JAC92:
been interviewed in 2015's JAC95:
and which was repeated in the Interview
issue, with every JAC interview, JAC100:
Major Peter McGuigan is an author (he has a
new book called The Leadership Of Jesus coming out this year)
and Communications and Public Relations Secretary in Sri Lanka
Be inspired and challenged.
Read the Bible every day and memorise verses in it.
But, also, maybe pick up a title or two from each
Share the lists with your friends.
Craft your own list?
And if it isn’t inspiring enough – maybe read some more
excellent books and let them shape you in the image of our
Sovereign Jesus Christ.