Break Every Chain

Break Every Chain

Book Cover: Break Every Chain
Editions:Kindle: $ 9.25 USD

by Jonathan Hickory


An encouraging and inspiring true story.  An amazing account of redemption.  A source of hope for anyone struggling with depression, alcoholism, addiction, death, PTSD, infidelity, or self-worth.
Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and military members all see the innermost of our dark and fallen world. Jonathan Hickory gives us a veteran police officer's intimate perspective into the struggle that many of our heroes battle in their hearts.
Drowning in the depths of depression and sadness, burning with anger, and chained down by alcoholism, Jonathan couldn't do anymore. After the death of his father as a young boy, facing countless horrific death scenes in the line of duty, and the loss of his first son, Jonathan turned to the world for answers--finding only darkness. Facing the threat of losing his job as a police officer, the loss of his wife and daughter, and contemplating suicide, Jonathan turns to the only one who can truly save--Jesus.
Read the powerful true story of how a step into faith saved Jonathan from the clutches of sin and addiction, changing his life forever. This amazing story of grace and the life-changing power of Jesus Christ is guaranteed to encourage everyone who reads it.
Reviews:Editorial Reviews on Amazon wrote:

"Wow. A riveting account of pain and redemption. A painful and empowering narrative of a hero's journey into darkness, and the power of God to lead him home. Telling us again, in a modern context, that critical, life-affirming lesson: 'It is no secret, what God can do. What He's done for others, He can do for you.'"
-LT. COL. DAVE GROSSMAN, author of On Combat, On Killing and Bulletproof Marriage
"A gripping real story that will give us all the encouragement we need to face whatever might lie ahead in our journey, and to do so with hope."
-JONATHAN FALWELL, Senior Pastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Virginia
"Jonathan Hickory takes the reader down a dark, twisted, and at times, death defying journey which miraculously leads to redemption. Break Every Chain epitomizes the personal struggle of many law enforcement officers, the real battle between good and evil, and how the power of God can set the captives free. A MUST READ!"
President, New York State Chaplain Task Force
Chaplain, New York State Fraternal Order of Police
"Jonathan's story will give courage to anyone who fears that their past defines them forever. And for all the heartbroken people who love those wandering souls, it will bring hope that no one is too far gone-not when our Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ, is out to find His lost sheep. Break Every Chain was a pleasure to read."
-JANICE CAPPUCCI, author of Storm Clouds of Blessings: True Stories of Ordinary People Finding Hope and Strength in Times of Trouble
"In Break Every Chain, Officer Jonathan Hickory paints a vivid picture of the unique issues we who serve in our God-ordained (Romans 13:1-4) profession of law enforcement face both personally and professionally. More importantly, Jonathan points us both to what ails us in our calling and to "The Cure" - a genuine, life-saving/life-changing personal relationship with the greatest "cop" in history - Jesus Christ. Jonathan's book is both a warning and -praise God- a testimony of hope that should be "must reading" for every officer, police spouse, and frankly, every man. Highly recommended!
-MICHAEL "MC" WILLIAMS, Police Officer and Chaplain, Founder and Director, The Centurion Law Enforcement Ministry
-"Uplifting! Jonathan's story is gut wrenching and triumphant at the same time. He lays his soul bare and leaves you with immense gratitude for the sacrifices our law enforcement officers and their loved ones make."
-ERIK SABISTON, author of Dustoff 7-3, Saving Lives Under Fire in Afghanistan
"I could not put this down and read it in one sitting! The compelling story of this decorated cop's cop will break your hard heart-but will leave you with the path to heal your broken heart. Jonathan's transparency gives hope to the hopeless and a message of salvation to those who are lost. This is a must read."
-PAUL LEE, Capt. Chattanooga PD (Ret.), Executive Director, Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA
"Society as a whole has overlooked and underappreciated the brave men and women who patrol our streets. These people behind the badge have hurts, fears, and frustrations just like anyone else, but unlike everyone else, must carry on as if they were a machine without feeling or recourse. In Jonathan's book, Break Every Chain, we get a glimpse into the all-too-familiar struggles brewing within one of these brave warriors. Thankfully, he found the secret to breaking through the darkness. It is my prayer that you, too, will come to the realization that there is a way out and this vicious cycle can be changed, and your life can be healed from the inside out!"
-KRISTI NEACE, Founder, Badge of Hope Ministries, Police wife/mom, Speaker, author of numerous books including Under Fire; Marriage Through the Eyes of a Cop's Wife

Helen Lockwood on Amazon wrote:

Psalm 107:2a tells us “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story,” and that’s precisely what Jonathan Hickory does in Break Every Chain, the heart-wrenching true story of a man who lost himself twice: first, to the world and all its grief, anger, pain and shame; and second, to Jesus and His love, redemption, restoration, and joy. Readers cannot escape Hickory’s pain as he shares the anguish over his life experiences and choices. It is just then that a witty one-liner grants a brief respite from what could otherwise have overwhelmingly plunged us too deeply into the author’s dark experiences.

This delicate balance is wonderfully executed, creating the perfect vehicle to demonstrate God’s transforming power of a man and a marriage, transforming power which is not only beautifully depicted in Jonathan’s life story, but which is available to all through Jesus Christ. Break Every Chain is definitely a must-read for anyone who has ever experienced pain, loss, rejection, or shame… in other words, for all of us.

Josh Duncan on Amazon wrote:

This is a powerful powerful testimony that will change many people’s lives. I started reading the book when it was shipped to the door and I couldn’t put the book down until I read it all..... and I don’t even enjoy reading! The power of God is shown through Jonathan’s entire story! I can relate to this story and the most amazing part is I can say that Jesus broke my chains from addiction as well! I will be buying more of this books just to pass out to people who need to see the power of God move. Thank you Jonathan for your story, you are a walking testimony brother and you will change so many lives.
“God will never give us more than we can handle” AMEN!

Ann Thompson on Amazon wrote:

Oh my goodness. I got this book today and finished it today! What an honest story of God's redemption. Well written and engaging. God bless this family. Adding to my wife's review: as a retired Deputy Sheriff, having served as Corrections, Road Patrol, Drug Task Force Investigator, K-9 handler, Court Deputy and Former Military Policeman and MP K-9 handler, I was totally enraptured while reading the Hickory family journey.

Through despair, anger, destructive addiction and terrible pain and consequence I read on. On to Christ's redemption and restoration! Oh what a redeeming God we have! Encouraged, challenged and convicted I totally encourage every first responder to read: Break Every Chain! Then pass along to your friends and coworkers! Brian Thompson

About the Author

Jonathan Hickory is a Master Police Officer in Charlottesville, Virginia. In his 15 plus years of police experience, Jonathan has mentored and instructed other officers in police driving methods and as a Field Training Officer. Jonathan spent seven years investigating the reconstruction of fatal vehicle crash sites and three years as a motorcycle officer. Jonathan proudly serves as a member of the Police Department's Peer Support Team providing Critical Incident Stress Management support to fellow officers. He also leads a Life Safety team with The Point Church in Charlottesville and the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers. Jonathan has been married to his wife Stacy for over 14 years and has two children.

As a veteran officer, Jonathan has worked the streets, facing the darkest moments of humanity. After battling alcoholism and PTSD related depression for years, he found himself in the middle of the ultimate battle of good versus evil; the battle for his soul. After allowing the enemy to destroy his life and his family for so long, Jonathan cried out for help from the only One who could save him.

Turning to God has given Jonathan a new light in the perpetual darkness. As an author and speaker, Jonathan now helps others who are struggling with the difficulty of surviving this fallen world. Jonathan continues to speak life into others as he shares the power of what God can do.


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