You Are Not Alone

Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse

Christian - Devotion/Study
180 Pages
Reviewed on 07/26/2023
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Author Biography

Jen McDonald is a longtime writer and editor, the author of the Amazon best seller, You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, and the host of the Milspouse Matters podcast. She’s been published in numerous national publications and books, including Military Spouse Magazine,, and Chicken Soup for the Soul, and featured on national radio shows and podcasts. Jen was a military spouse for 30 years and is a mom to four young adults, including one son serving in the military. One of her happiest roles these days is being Gigi to her grandbabies. She and her now retired Air Force husband were stationed all around the world from Europe to the Pacific, and somewhere along the way she learned to embrace the unknown...after lots of practice! After decades of moving with the military, she is now planted in Texas. Jen loves to encourage and connect with other military spouses.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

Being a military spouse is physically and emotionally challenging. In You Are Not Alone, Jen McDonald gives tips and uplifting words to help military spouses cope with this new way of living. She discusses the merits of maintaining your individuality, career, and identity. She encourages spouses to be grateful and accept their circumstances because they will not be in control of everything that happens. Having a positive mindset can help you adapt. She gives tips on how to overcome loneliness and create joyful memories with your family. The book also covers friendship, volunteer work, parenting, how to keep in contact with extended family, and how to handle physical and emotional baggage when moving. Fear, worries, and anxiety are normal reactions of a military spouse. The author encourages talking to friends and seeking help from a counselor. Get a copy of this book to help you navigate the highs and lows of being a military spouse.

You Are Not Alone is a perfectly titled book that will help military spouses realize that their feelings are normal. Jen McDonald addresses the various aspects of being a military spouse and shares her personal experiences. The book is mainly for female military spouses but can also apply to males and anyone with a similar lifestyle. Military life ensures that you have no permanent roots, but the author used kindness to make friends and her home a safe haven for her family and neighbors. This and her love for fun and volunteer work showed the author's cheerful and kind personality. The author has given Bible verses and prayers that help her in tough times and addresses the reader directly, making the book engaging. The book has a smooth flow and is easy to follow and understand. I enjoyed this book and hope to read more from this author because I loved her honesty and authenticity.