Stories of Courage, Love, and Resilience
Kenneth E. Miller
Foreword by James Garbarino, PhD.
War Torn by Kenneth E. Miller“This is an eye-opening study. Psychologist Kenneth E. Miller and his wife Debbie began collecting data and teaching volunteers in refugee camps around the world back in 1991. In reality, there are almost 200 million people in over 40 countries impacted by war and genocide, living day to day exiled from their homes, families, and lifestyles. Kenneth Miller brings us their stories. This is a book I will read again, and share with my children. This is a worldwide problem we all need to understand, and address.”- Bonnye Reed, GoodReads Reviewer
“You could find no better guide than Ken Miller to illuminate this dark territory. A skilled story teller, he has an eye for nuance that is often missing in our cultural conversation about PTSD. I put down this book with a heart that was broken but also filled with hope. “-Ethan Watters, Author of Crazy Like Us and Co-founder of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.
“War Torn is an exceptional, gripping account of the impact of war—a must-read for anyone interested in how war profoundly touches and shapes people. Ken Miller merges the expressive writing of a novelist with compassion and the profound understanding of a seasoned mental health professional. This collection of personal experiences and mosaic of situations provides rich and unique insights into the complexities of war torn countries.”-Dr. Mark Jordans, King’s College London
“Ken Miller weaves together for us tragic stories of war, loss and injustice with tales of friendship, family, and laughter. Ken’s gift is the way he listens, which takes him and his readers beyond simple categories of war victim or trauma to the complex experiences people have in settings torn apart by violence. I’m grateful for the way he has captured the simultaneously disabling and inspiring coexistence of darkness and light in these places.” –Jeannie Annan, PhD, Director of Research, Evaluation, and Learning at the International Rescue Committee
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
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.
Whether you are fighting in a war, parents, relatives, loved ones or the ones the soldiers are fighting for, they are all part of the war. This subject isn't a pleasant one. There is such pain during and after a war. Losses in death, injuries, PTSD, so much we want to push aside and not think about. The hearts and minds of these men and women will never be the same again. But the author also gave us the other side of these dark moments, the courage, the many heroes, both in the wars and at home, the selflessness of fighting to keep people free. These men and women know when they go to fight, they may not come back, but they aren't thinking of themselves. They're thinking of the many people who may lose their freedom, their lives, their homes and everything they have. There is a glimmer of hope and light at the end of that long dark tunnel, and the author expresses that. Us at home, have no idea what these men and women in war zones are going through. Some come through it, come home and say they're fine, but are they? Some come home and aren't fine and they know it. Will they ever be the same? How can they ever, any of them, be the same as they were before the wars?
The author will grab deep into your heart and soul with this book. Emotions will take over and tears may flow.
This book isn't for those who want to look the other way. It isn't for the the unemotional, those who think it doesn't affect them. It's reality and whether you like it or not, it's real and has been for years and years.
I received this book from the author, Kenneth E. Miller and Virtual Author Book Tours and voluntarily decided to review it.
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