Hope and Healing for Families Living with PTSD and TBI
Today's book review is a little different from my usual ones. This book was read by my mother-in-love, Daphne Campbell Jinnette. My father-in-love, Dick, served six tours in Vietnam as a Green Beret and is retired from the Army . Unfortunately, he still deals with events that happened during his time in service to our country. These are her thoughts about the information she read:
REVIEW: This book is not only important for understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), recognizing it in a loved one or family member, and dealing with its effects on the person who has it and their family, but contains a personal family story woven throughout the discourse. This lends authenticity to the conclusions and draws the reader into the book right from the start! The book reveals the invisible damage and it's effects upon the warrior and their family, who may also suffer their own version of PTSD from the abnormal behavior of the veteran that they love. However, many warriors and/or their family members may be uncomfortable with admitting the PTSD is there and seeking treatment for it, because unfortunately there is still a stigma attached to the injury as though it is something a person could choose not to have. The veteran may be in denial themselves.
The premise of this book is to verify that the condition is real, it is not brought on by any weakness in the subject, and that it is treatable. If not treated successfully, the toll it takes upon the warrior and the family can result in dissolution of the family relationships in fact if not legally! There is much encouragement from the realization that humans are created in the image of God and thus are composed of body, soul and spirit. Therefore, each of these components can and should be addressed and treated. Counsel, medication and spiritual strengthening are all critical steps in recovery, relief and restoration of normalcy in the areas of restful and peaceful sleep, the healing of memories, and effective communication to strengthen relationships with both family and friends.
Another important lesson in this book is the role that forgiveness plays in effectively treating the wounded warrior and the wounded family. Both parties are urged to practice forgiveness for the wrong behaviors and choices of each other. Scripture is used to support the tremendous benefit of forgiveness and prayer in restoring some sense of normalcy to the life of the veteran and the family. Each family member is affected by war coming home with the warrior. Thus each one is able to participate in the healing required for a successful life after war.
This work is a quick read and easy to understand and take instruction from. I recommend it for everyone. The ideas and instructions in this book would be an effective guide for dealing with PTSD from other sources than war, such as an accident, assault or other event causing trauma and shock. You will want to pass this book on so that it's influence can go further than just your personal library.
Thank you, Daphne, for your insight and wonderful review!!
This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.