War 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
Available in: Print, 296 Pages
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. 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.
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