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About Chaplain Michael D. Jaques

My time overseas serving as an Army chaplain in war zones taught me much about powerlessness. Those experiences, plus the many interviews and research required for my Doctor of Ministry thesis convinced me of one essential truth:

We cannot be broken by our human limitations if we are willing to recognize them.

The stories in my new book A Chaplain’s Battle dramatize the search for and the realization of transcendence during traumatic experiences on domestic and foreign soil. No community of human beings is immune from the paralyzing impact of powerlessness. That is why the 5 Attainments can make such a profound difference. They guide …

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Army Chaplain Michael D.JAQUES tells the story of a young Chaplain, conffronted by feelings of powerlessness in a time of war and turmoil. As he struggles through episodes of defeat and domestic unrest, He must find a way to overcome the obstacles within his faith and fear.

"This is an evergreen book. You won't read it just once. It will always be helpful. A Chaplain's Battle is a gift for the soul."


"This book is inspiring and enlightening to say the very least. It shows the human experience through many gut wrenching situations of today's military chaplains. I just could not put it down."

"As a Fire Chaplain I have been on many calls where I thought I was making absolutely no difference. In this book I found a profound sense of affirmation"


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Recent Blogs

How War Changes Pastoral Identity

The path toward self-discovery can lead to the realization of who you are and whose you are. Every single person, no matter what sphere of work they belong to, face some kind of identity crisis, a...

Constructs that Influence Chaplains in the War

Moving on, we will now speak of the core category and the four prime constructs that constitute the emergent theory. The first construct termed “I am Powerless” confirms the idea that Army Chaplai...

Feeling of Powerlessness in War

War is one of the most unsettling and painful experiences for people who witness the wrath of it. Thousands of lives are lost, and homes are shattered. Soldiers and their families are the worst af...

The Power Motive in Behavioral Science

Powerlessness is a prevalent feeling in the profession of helping others. Nevertheless, it is often not given the attention it deserves. This prolonged period of silence on the topic has led to ma...

Previous Blogs

How War Changes Pastoral Identity

By Michael | On Aug 12, 2019 | in War

The path toward self-discovery can lead to the realization of who you are and whose you are. Every single person, no matter what sphere of work they belong to, face some kind of identity crisis, and pastors are no exception. Read More

Constructs that Influence Chaplains in the War

By Michael | On Aug 07, 2019 | in War

Moving on, we will now speak of the core category and the four prime constructs that constitute the emergent theory. The first construct termed “I am Powerless” confirms the idea that Army Chaplains witness a phase where they feel extremely distressed due to the feeling of powerlessness that prevails over them. Read More

Feeling of Powerlessness in War

By Michael | On Aug 05, 2019 | in Religion and War

War is one of the most unsettling and painful experiences for people who witness the wrath of it. Thousands of lives are lost, and homes are shattered. Soldiers and their families are the worst affected. Read More