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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.; 1st edition (July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159797515X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597975155
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Minefields of the Heart is very finely written. Because a mother's love is so overpowering, so singular in its focus, I had half-feared that this book would be a morass of melodrama. But Sue Diaz is a disciplined and careful writer and this, ultimately, is where the power of her book comes from. She is spare where most writers would be mawkish, she is understated where most writers would be sentimental, and she understands that life, death, war, grief, gratitude and the loss of innocence--hers, and her son's--need no baroque writerly adornments. The truly great and terrible stuff of life is most dramatic when told as simply and plainly as possible. Over the course of her book, the reader comes to know not just Roman, but the whole Diaz family and how they all aged and matured both during and after Roman's two harrowing deployments." --From the Foreword by Jim Frederick, author of Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death

"Minefields of the Heart is an accessible and well told reflection on the impact of war on the families of our troops today. It is an intimate look through a mother's eyes, giving us a heartfelt appreciation of the military family experience." --Edward Tick (author of War and the Soul) and Kate Dahlstedt, co-directors of Soldier's Heart

"Harrowing, hopeful, and beautifully written. Ernie Pyle meets Anne Lamott." --Sharon Bray, author of When Words Heal: Writing Through Cancer

"Minefields of the Heart is a brilliant, beautiful, and compelling book. Sue Diaz writes as the mother of one soldier and the daughter of another. She traces her son's transition from a boy to a combat-wounded veteran of two tours in Iraq. She lets him speak for himself through emails, letters and conversation, all the while growing in her understanding of him and of war. She weaves together her family's history with the larger events through which they have passed. Though intended specifically `for all who have served and those who love them,' the book should be read by any American who wants to understand what war really does to those who endure and to their families. As a bonus, the book is a real page-turner. You can't put it down until you finish it." --William P. Mahedy, author of Out of the Night: The Spiritual Journey of Vietnam Vets

"This is a book to break your heart, and to heal it. Diaz writes to and for her son, to and for the veterans she leads in writing workshops. The larger gift of this book is its generosity, allowing the reader to take the journey of a mother whose son carries the wounds of two deployments to Iraq. Minefields of the Heart teaches us what we might rather not know, but knowing, we are deeper and better human beings." --Pat Schneider, founder, Amherst Writers & Artists, and author of Writing Alone and with Others

About the Author

Sue Diaz is an award-winning journalist who writes frequently for the Christian Science Monitor and contributes to National Public Radio. Since 2007 she has conducted writing workshops for veterans at the San Diego Vet Center. At her web site, www.warriorswall.com, Diaz provides a place for veterans from across the country to write and share their stories. She lives in San Diego, California.

More About the Author

Sue Diaz is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in a variety of regional and national publications, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Family Circle, Woman's Day, the Los Angeles Times, and the Christian Science Monitor. Her essays have also aired frequently on National Public Radio. Since 2007 Sue has conducted writing workshops for veterans at the San Diego Vet Center. At the website www.warriorswall.com, she provides a place for veterans from across the country to write and share their stories. Sue can be reached through her website, www.suediaz.com .

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Sue Diaz's "Minefields of the Heart: A Mother's Stories of a Son at War" is a remarkable book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Candace Toft on July 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Minefields of the Heart is a beautifully written, very important book. Sue Diaz has expressed what so many families of combat soldiers experience, and she has given the rest of us greater insight into what war really means. Moreover, the book is a great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaryCD on July 26, 2011
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I first read Minefields of the Heart when it was released in hardcover, and now I want to add to to my Kindle, simply because it's worth a second read. It's one of those books that stay with you - a word or a phrase resonates and you want to go back and read that particular essay. It's poignant and powerful, and in all of the loud rhetoric surrounding the pros and cons of military action, it's enlightening to read not a political screed, but a personal journey that explains it all far better than today's popular pundits. It's a whole different world when you're living it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimmie A. Kepler on December 17, 2010
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Sue Diaz's "Minefields of the Heart: A Mother's Stories of a Son at War" is a remarkable book. She gives us a unique point of view of the current war the USA is fighting in the Middle East - the point of view of a parent. The book caused me to do a lot of personal reflection. I remembered my own father deploying for a year tour of duty to Vietnam in 1963-1964. I was ten years old and remember the year vividly. I remember the anxiety. I remember the trips to the post office. I remember wondering what it would be like when he returned and if he would remember me. Then I thought of my own active duty as a US Army officer and wondered what my parents thought of my years of active duty.

No, I am not writing to reflect on me. I am pointing how the book made me think and reflect. Sue Diaz is a gifted writer. You experience the emotional difficulties as you see how she and her husband deal with choices her son makes about not going directly to college. You see how they handle finding out he has joined the army and the infantry. You see how meaningful the simplest contacts are with their soldier. I loved her taking us through the "box" as a way of telling the story. I was interested when she said Roman had gotten a tattoo how she would handle it - it made me think of my daughter getting a tattoo and my son getting an ear pierced. I didn't like their choice, but it was their choice. She shows us the unconditional love of a parent.

The sacrifices a family makes to accommodate a military family member shine through when we see her daughter's wedding date changed. The stories of her going to the target practice with her son and the time between his deployments paint a picture many share.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Everitt on February 11, 2013
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My son was 15 months in Iraq.....2007-2009......but many times you wrote about things I thought or said or did. When he got hurt he called his wife and said "don't tell Mom". I was told 6 months later...Thank you for putting into writing what could have been my own story. My son returned for 12 months in Afghanistan last year...more stories that I will never hear...all I can do is stay strong...Army Strong.
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By Deanna Chappell on March 2, 2014
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One could really feel all of the emotions of the Mother while her son was in Iraq. A good read
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Sue Diaz is a wonderful author and her story of her son's journey through the military during a heightened dangerous time is thought provoking and even a little unsettling. She has a wealth of wisdom in dealing with her son's journey -- combining humor (those sponge bob letters are priceless) with respectful distance. Roman's tour is over, but the war lives on in his life as he copes with PTS. Although not a page turner, Minefields of the Heart is a must read for anyone who has family or close friends involved in the Middle East wars.This book will give you tremendous insight into what our young people face when on tour, and what lingers on in their lives after they come home.
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This story is a story for any female. The way it is writtne captivates your soul and heart. You do not need to have a son, brother, or husband in the service to know the feelings expressed In this book. Recommend it highly but be prepared to cry or at least feel the anxiety and the love.
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Heart breaking story, but am sure all families go through something hard when a family member is deployed. Recommend to everyone
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