Operation Hope: A Chaplain's Journal on Hurricane Katrina

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The Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard were among the initial responders to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Many of the soldiers working the natural disaster had never seen such human devastation while others were war hardened veterans. The story of how the Citizen Soldiers responded to and were affected by Katrina needs to be told.

Hurricane Katrina was and still is a hot topic. As a category 5 hurricane, Katrina intensified as a story once it made landfall while the storm itself dissipated. Soldiers often do the work, the real dirty work with little or no recognition. As a chaplain I worked with these soldiers, heard their stories, walked with them as they slowly wore down form the physical and psychological stress brought on by such human devastation.

Whereas my primary responsibility is to soldiers addressing how the mission affects them, helping them to deal with the spiritual and moral issues that surface in such a disaster, the book also walks the reader through how the storm affected the citizens of New Orleans telling several of their stories.

Anyone who has suffered loss form a natural disaster or watched as Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf coast will enjoy reading this story. The book gives hope and inspiration addressing the issue of suffering and how God can and will use it to help us grow. I firmly believe that our finest hour and greatest opportunity to exhibit our faith comes out of our greatest moment of despair. This book illustrates just that.

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Michael Taylor was born in Oklahoma City in 1953. He first served in the army as a military policeman from 1973-1976, when he was stationed in both Texas and Mainz, Germany, during which time the Cold War threatened to get hot . . . . Upon leaving the army in 1976, he entered Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1980 with a B.A. in history. Completing his Master's in theology in Fort Worth, Texas in 1985, he started up his first church in Granubury, Texas. Rev. Mike Taylor reentered the army (as a chaplain) in 1987, and in 1990 transferred to the Oklahoma National Guard. In 2006, he assumed the position of Joint Forces Chaplain for the Oklahoma National Guard, serving in the immediate aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing. Since December 2006, when he was promoted to Colonel, Mike Taylor has combined the duties of army chaplain and Baptist church planter, in which capacity he has been involved in the planting of 120 new churches―as well as being involved one of the first chaplains to reach New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (which provided the impetus for this book). Mike has been married to Deborah Taylor since 1973, and has two sons, one daughter-in-law and one granddaughter. As a hobby Mike spends his time in his wood shop making cabinets. He passionately enjoys high school and college football rarely missing a home game of his favorite teams. For leisure he likes to read usually choosing a good western novel.

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