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War Torn by Kenneth E. MillerWar Torn: Stories of Courage, Love, and Resilience by Kenneth E. Miller

Publisher:  Larson Publications (October 17, 2016)
Category: Non-Fiction, PTSD, Current Events/World Affairs, Political Science: Genocide and War Crimes
Tour Date: Oct and Nov, 2016
ISBN: 978-1936012787
Available in: Print,  296 Pages
War Torn

With some 200 million people in more than forty countries affected by armed conflict or genocide, refugees are appearing in record numbers. War Torn is timely in how it brings us intimately into the lives of civilians who have survived wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Guatemala, and Sri Lanka.

Alongside stories that convey intimately the destruction and heartbreak of armed conflict, Miller captures the courage and resilience he calls “a remarkable kind of light,” an essential counterpoint to the grief and trauma that war creates. The stories in War Torn are powerful, heart-wrenching, and unforgettable.

My Thoughts War Torn by Kenneth E. Miller

When someone hears the term PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), most think of soldiers who were on the battle field. However, it also affects victims of war, violence, rape etc (any trauma).  Kenneth Miller examines all of these issues in ‘War Torn’. 

Ken traveled to Guatemala to help evaluate a mental health intervention designed for indigenous children. He didn’t really find much there so there wasn’t a lot to actually evaluate.  He covers the history of war, genocide, and poverty of indigenous people. He found it hard to set up mental health programs for various reasons. He also traveled to Mexico and other countries with violet histories as well.

So, you are probably thinking that ‘War Torn’ is a depressing book with little hope.  That is not the case.  Yes, some of it is depressing.  How can it not be, reading about people’s situations with war, violence, loss, etc? You would have to be heartless.  However, also buried between the covers are pearls of hope, wisdom, humor, and resilience.

‘War Torn’ should be required reading for high school.  I know some parents want to shelter their teenagers from these realities but I think it is important to educate them on this issue.  They are the future and will have to continue to deal with and hopefully learn how to prevent the devastation so many people have had to endure.

‘War Torn’ is hard to put down and riveting, it read very fast. Kenneth Miller tells of his discoveries in a way that is not preachy.  His writing style is excellent and he really draws you in.  Highly recommended!

I received the ebook version for my honest review.


About Kenneth E. MillerWar Torn by Kenneth E. Miller

An international expert on the impact of armed conflict on civilians, psychologist Kenneth E. Miller has been working with war-affected communities since 1991 as a researcher, clinician, organizational consultant, and filmmaker. A professor of clinical and community psychology for much of his career (San Francisco State University, Pomona College), in 2015 he joined the Dutch NGO War Child Holland and is currently based in Amsterdam.

Blog: https://drkenmiller.wordpress.com/

Website: www.kennethemiller.com

Twitter: @kennethemiller

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kennethemiller01

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Perspectives on Type 2 Diabetes by Zeena Nackerdien:

Zeena Nackerdien

Publisher: Create Space (April 20,  2015)
CategoryNon-Fiction,  Health, Type 2 Diabetes, HIV, TB, Patient Empowerment
Tour Dates: October/November, 2015
ISBN: 978-1511734837
Available in: Print & ebook,  41 Pages

The rising socioeconomic toll of diabetes, in particular the Type 2 form of the disease, is reverberating around the world. A disease that has sporadically plagued mankind for centuries seems to have increased in prevalence in tandem with rapid economic transitions, notably in countries with the highest number of diabetics such as China and the USA.

This resource guide is comprised of information about diabetes in those countries as well as in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Africa. In addition, the latest antidiabetic therapies and infectious comorbidities associated with the disease are discussed in separate chapters. Scattered throughout the guide are fictional scenarios about challenges diabetics and their doctors might face in individualizing recommended management algorithms.

My Thoughts on Perspectives on Type 2 Diabetes by Zeena Nackerdien:


In the beginning of this book Zeena Nackerdien gives us perspective on how prevalent Type 2 Diabetes is in many different countries and continents including the U.S., China, the Middle East, and Africa. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are “29.1 million people who have diabetes” and there are many who don’t even know it.  Nackerdien also sites that “China has 96 million, India 66.8 million, and Africa 21 million.” 

Included in the short book is hope.  For people who have use of smart phones there are several apps that can help people make wiser food choices.  I know that my sister uses one because whenever I go to Minnesota to visit family, I see her use it.  In fact, when her and I go out she tells me how many calories is in just about everything we see.  LOL!  When she knows she skips all of her meals but the one.  It has been working for her for a few years now.  She has dropped a lot of weight and is totally off insulin.  

Nackerdien has also discussed newer science that is helping doctors and families find out how pre-disposed they are to diabetes.  If you know that you are at a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes, you can start making wiser food decisions.  There are also support groups that can help.

There are several signs you can watch for that may give you a clue that you may be diabetic.  Some include “increased urination, increased thirst, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision, increased hunger, and sores that do not heal.” If you have any of these symptoms, you should talk with your doctor.  There are blood tests to diagnose if you have diabetes.  If you live in a western country, you most likely have easy access to all that I have mentioned.  It is much harder in other places like India and Africa.

This book and its companion ‘HIV/TB/Diabetes Resource Kit’ packs a lot of information into a short number of pages.  Some of it is aimed a bit more towards professionals and more of it is aimed at everyone else.  Most of it is easy to understand and gives many helpful suggestions to people who may have a disposition to or already have type 2 diabetes. This book is so empowering!!  In my opinion, ‘Perspectives On Type 2 Diabetes is a must read for anyone who is at risk for getting type 2 diabetes or those who have already been diagnosed as having it!


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Zeena NackerdienHIV/TB/Diabetes Resource Kit by Zeena Nackerdien:

Publisher: Create Space (April 23,  2015)
CategoryNon-Fiction,  Health, Type 2 Diabetes, HIV, TB, Patient Empowerment
Tour Dates: October/November, 2015
ISBN: 978-1511864060
Available in: ebook,  35 Pages

Who are the groups likely to be in the frontlines of either administering or receiving anti-HIV/AIDS-containing treatments for this disease and any associated comorbidities? The answer is frontline healthcare professionals, lay educators, and patients, especially in high-disease burden countries such as South Africa. While the reinvigorated national response to HIV/AIDS underscores the country’s commitment to the health crisis, the socioeconomic costs are likely to have a lasting impact on its citizens.

I have compiled a resource kit outlining some of the challenges faced in the treatment of patients with HIV, TB, and diabetes. In addition, the kit contains disease management and prevention tips suited for discussions with healthcare professionals, particularly in resource-poor settings.

About Zeena Nackerdien:Zeena Nackerdien

Zeena Nackerdien is a dual US and South African citizen. She obtained a PhD degree in Biochemistry from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Zeena has been a research chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland and a senior research associate at The Rockefeller University in New York.

She is the author of several publications in scientific journals and two poetry collections, “Mist Over Peace” and “Scatterlings.” As a scientist turned patient advocate and writer, she is intensely interested in building relationships with people from different cultures through story-telling and education. Zeena currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Website: http://www.heroinenextdoor.com/
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Kim DalferesDescription of  Magic Fishing Panties by Kim Dalferes:

Have you taken to blaming the little people for stealing all the things you can’t find, like the damn Chico’s gift card you are 100% sure you left on the dresser? When you take off your bra, is it as if an airbag has deployed? Have you more than once started a sentence with the phrase “Back when I was in school…”? If you answered yes to any of these questions, welcome to the middle-aged cheap seats.

Magic Fishing Panties is the follow-up to Dalferes’ debut book I Was in Love With a Short Man Once. This collection of humorous tales offers new perspective from the self-proclaimed crazy Southern Irish gal and recent inductee into “Club 50.” Rather than wallow in the self-pity often induced by sagging jaw lines, empty nests, and menopause, the author offers colorful depictions of life in the middle. You will find yourself contemplating:

• How would you react to being in public during an earthquake? Oh, and you’re naked.
• The wedding starts in five minutes and your best friend needs to pump her breast milk, but all the bathrooms are occupied. Where should she go to quickly resolve her situation?
• You are depressed and alone on your 39th birthday. What do you do? Hint: tattoo anyone?

You’ll come to know Kimba as a true gal pal, someone who will gladly lend you her size 11 black boots, favorite red coat, and anything else you might need to rule the world – with the exception of her magic fishing panties. Because letting you borrow those would be a little weird, don’t ya think?

About Kim Dalferes:Kim Dalferes

Kimberly “Kimba” Dalferes is an accomplished king salmon slayer, estate sale junkie & sometimes writes books. Her first book, I Was In Love With a Short Man Once, was published in 2011, with a 2nd edition released in 2015 by Booktrope Publishing. Her second book, Magic Fishing Panties, also with Booktrope, was released August 2015. She recently had a limerick published by the Washington Post & vehemently believes this is a legit publishing cred. Find her at http://kimdalferes.com/ or hanging out on her blog “The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats” http://kimdalferes.com/blogwhere midlifers come to sit, laugh & “occasionally” drink tequila.

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