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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Book Review - Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home: Hope and Healing For Families Living With PTSD and TBI by Marshele Carter Waddell and Kelly K. Orr, PhD, ABPP

Healing from war's devastating effects isn't easy--but it is possible.

For every wounded warrior, there is a wounded home--a family and community impacted by their loved one's war experiences. Service members returning from combat deployment all bring war home with them. And when a combat veteran struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI), every family member experiences the effects--confusion, hurt, anger, guilt, fatigue, and fear.

Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home offers a hope-filled way forward, giving hurting families a look inside the minds and hearts of combat veterans and guiding them to develop their own plan for physical, emotional, and spiritual wholeness.

"No family, not even a military one, is ever prepared for the holes that war and conflict punch out of our loved ones. This is a must-read for anyone living with or loving individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury."--Lee Woodruff, bestselling coauthor, In an Instant; co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation; contributing editor to CBS This Morning

"A story of courage and hope and healing. Essential reading for all who love and are connected to the life and service of a combat veteran. For your sake, for your loved one's sake, get this book."--Dr. Richard J. Foster, author, Celebration of Discipline and Sanctuary of the Soul; founder of Renovaré Ministries International

"Knowledge, insight, support, and guidance to ease the adjustment experienced by all in the wake of combat. Waddell and Orr provide a resource that brings hope and healing to those who love, work, and live with our returning service members."--Roger Staubach, Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Naval Academy graduate, and Vietnam veteran

This is one of the most powerful books I have had the honor of reading, dealing with a problem that is growing in epidemic porportions in our country - the returning veterans who are suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Marshele Waddell tells of her personal experience with this condition that not only affected her husband, but her son as well. She includes personal stories from other military wives, mothers, girlfriends and sisters as well. Offering hope through trusting in faith and opening up to others is the main theme of this book, and Waddell and therapist Kelly Orr give vital information in easy-to-understand language that will help guide families back to a new kind of normal.

I recommend this book highly for military families who are affected by PTSD/TBI or anyone who knows of someone suffering silently with this condition.

Marshéle Carter Waddell served with her husband, CDR (ret) Mark D. Waddell, USN, a Navy SEAL, for twenty-five years around the world. She is an international speaker and the founder of Hope for the Home Front, based in Fort Worth, Texas. Her books include Hope for the Home Front and When War Comes Home.

Kelly K. Orr, PhD, ABPP, has more than thirty years of experience in behavioral medicine and pain management. He serves on the advisory council and speaking team of Hope for the Home Front. He retired in 2004 with a combined USMC and Air Force career of twenty-five years and now makes his home in Colorado with his wife, Kathy.

My thanks to Revell Books for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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