The new book is patterned after a book of daily devotions that was given to one million members of the Armed Forces during World War II and the Korean War.
Strength for Service to God and Community went out of publication in 1954, but a California Boy Scout arranged to have it reprinted and expanded. Some 500,000 copies of the updated book have been published and most of the books were sent free to chaplains to distribute to their troops prior to deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Strength for Service to God and Community, the companion volume, is written for men and women who rush into situations where others are running the opposite direction.
The Rev. Dr. Daniel Tackett, director of the International Police and Fire Chaplains Association said the book will become an important tool for his chaplains. "Sometimes these highly trained people can draw a blank during high stress/trauma situations. . . The book is a tool to help the mind, soul, and spirit find peace."