David Wooten is a chaplain in the Florida Army National Guard and selected for active duty service as a chaplain in the United States Navy. He is a veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn and served as the deputy post chaplain of Camp Buehring, Kuwait in 2010. In addition to this military duties -- which include a variety of religious functions and an extensive counseling ministry to military members and their families, he is pursuing a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University and volunteers as an addiction counselor in his church's faith-based recovery program. David Wooten is married and the father of three wonderful children.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book and book series grew out of a journey of spiritual healing in my own life. When I returned from combat, I was burned out and in a great deal of emotional and spiritual pain. Throughout the following year, this pain grew worse. The death of my wife's father and other difficulties added to an already crushing emotional burden. And then to try to cope, I turned to self-medication, threatening my marriage and saddling myself with debilitating guilt. But God brought me and my family through that pain. One of the ways God did that was by having me study for and write this book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When my wife and I were out of work in 2011, we began to explore alternative ways to support the family, because the job market was poor. One book we read discussed the power of writing and marketing on the internet as a means of making money. So my initial desire to be an indie author grew out of a desire to support the family financially. But then, as I began to research and write what became the Aftermath series, God transformed that desire into something more: a desire to reach out to and help people suffering from the same kind of pain that I had.
Drawn from the personal experience of a military chaplain, the Aftermath series guides you on a journey of healing from overwhelming emotional and spiritual pain. In part 1, Facing the Pain, you will learn the definition of trauma and see descriptions of it from the Holy Scriptures. From there, you will begin your journey of healing by safely overcoming denial and mourning your loss before God.