The Heart Beyond the Badge

The Heart Beyond the Badge

Sam Cielakie


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Sam Cielakie, a longtime police officer, shares thirty-one uplifting devotionals for those serving in law enforcement.

Drawing on his experiences with the patrol division, criminal investigations, and administrative services, he highlights struggles, challenges, and life lessons from his career while relating them to Scripture and the Word of God.

Some of the insights he shares include:
• It’s the silence before the storm that keeps us on edge.
• We need to focus on Jesus when stressors overtake us.
• Being lost is not bad when we have guidance.

The author also emphasizes that we must remember that our lives are not defined by being law enforcement officers. When we go home, we have to be husbands, wives, dads, or moms. We are people foremost and should never be branded only by the badge we wear.

After each devotional, the author includes a prayer and further reading from the Bible, so you can capitalize on your learning and move closer to the Lord.


Sam Cielakie:

Sam Cielakie has been in law enforcement since January 1999. He is a first sergeant with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office in Spotsylvania, Virginia. He has held positions in patrol, criminal investigations, and administrative services. He graduated from Liberty University with a Master of Arts in human service counseling, specializing in law enforcement, and earned a Master of Science in criminal justice with a specialty in forensic psychology.