YANA Ad 5 copyYou Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, published by Injoy, Inc., is a book of 30 daily readings designed to encourage, strengthen, and uplift military spouses in the unique challenges they face. Whether it’s a deployment, move, or raising military kids, find real-life solutions and inspiration from someone who’s been there. Now available on Kindle and coming soon in print! Order it here! My hope is that this book will be a hand reaching out to you, let you know you're not alone, and that if I can adapt and embrace this lifestyle, you can, too.

When I started this project, it was intended to be a memoir of sorts. I quickly realized that, though sharing stories is great, talking about the hard times, shared experiences, and even the joys of military life make more sense to me with a practical takeaway. I hope this can be that for you.

Because it’s not about complaining or trading war stories (though that can be fun, too!). My hope is to encourage your heart and whisper to you, “You’ve got this!

What others are saying about You Are Not Alone:

“Jen McDonald is a top-notch writer and military spouse, whose words often bring tears and laughter of reliability all within the same sentence. For years, she has been delighting audiences with the knowledge that they are not alone on this journey. Once again, she does it here.”

Kate Dolack, Editor-in-Chief, Military Spouse Magazine

“You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse is the kind of devotional that speaks authentically to the heart, because Jen McDonald writes transparently from her experiences as a military spouse. It gave me a much deeper appreciation for the relationship challenges facing those serving in the military—and those married to them. There is help in this book for the aches of life, wherever you serve.”

Diana Waring, Air Force brat and Navy mom, author of Beyond Survival, History Revealed, and Experience History through Music

“It is not often that a book can reach the new military spouse as well as ones like myself whose spouses are nearing retirement, but You Are Not Alone has done just that. The author does a fantastic job of drawing you in with very transparent examples of her journey, has you ask yourself how you can grow or change, and closes with relevant Scripture and a thoughtful prayer.

This would have been great as a brand new Army wife, and yet here is EXACTLY what I needed as the looming retirement has me feeling unstable. You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse is exactly that--an amazing encouragement grounded in experience, wisdom, and Scripture. I will be buying this for friends in all seasons of life.”

Tara Howes, Army spouse and co-host of Military Life Radio

“Reading You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse touched me in a way few books do. As I read page after page, I kept thinking, “Oh my goodness, she is living my life!” or “Yes!  That is EXACTLY how I felt!” There is a kinship that military spouses have, and reading this book of encouragement brought that home for me. What sets this book apart from others is the integration of personal stories, stories a vast majority of spouses can relate to, along with the “basic training,” the scripture, the “think about it” sections and ending in prayer. No other book for military spouses comes close to touching my heart like this one did. This is a book you will want to keep next to your heart for many years to come.”

Cindy Burlingame, Marine Corps spouse

“These modern parables not only resonate with the rookie spouse but also veteran spouses. It's so refreshing to know that everyday struggles, no matter how small, are not a singular battle but rather experienced on varying levels throughout the military community. This book serves as a collective voice to military families, even those who confront silent struggles-I absolutely loved it and found long overdue comfort in each paragraph.”

Morgan Slade, Army spouse, freelance writer/photographer at Morgan Slade Photography

“I just got a peek into Jen McDonald’s book, You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse. What a sweet breath of life! As a military spouse facing our 30-year retirement soon, I wish I had found this book years ago. Reading it was like sitting down for coffee with a dear friend and finding encouragement for the issues of this crazy military life. When she writes of the lessons she learned in the loneliness of being lost in a new location and the difficulties of single parenting through a deployment, my heart ached at the memories this surfaced for me. Jen’s words laced with wisdom, grace, and humor are the balm my soul needed. This is a book written of her military spouse experience because that is the life she is living, but the truths found in here transcend all walks of life. These are nuggets of truth mined from a life well lived. I’ll be giving this as a gift to many young spouses who are beginning this amazing journey!”

Terri Laurent, Air Force spouse

“I found the daily readings so relatable. Jen McDonald was able to take these little situations and experiences in life and make them teachable moments! The “Basic Training for Spouses” area is wonderful. I found the simple exercises and challenges easy to apply to everyday life to better yourself and your marriage. The encouragement of these daily readings is priceless. As a "seasoned" (maybe over seasoned) spouse, it was easy to forget the little things you can do to stay encouraged. Being able to gain encouragement and strength from your experiences is a gift! Thank you for sharing your years of knowledge and experience.”

Penny Everett, Navy spouse (retired)