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Warrior's Return: Restoring the Soul After War Paperback – November 1, 2014
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—Larry Malerba, DO, author of Green Medicine: Challenging the Assumptions of Conventional Health Care
“Dr. Tick’s approach to healing eclipses today’s world of symptom management. Warrior’s Return goes beyond living on the ‘life raft’ and addresses the deeper level of healing that firmly plants veterans back into the fertile ground of life, living, and making a difference."
—Robert Csandl, MHS, Vietnam veteran and executive director of Treatment Trends, Inc./Veterans Sanctuary
“So much attention is given to the symptoms of returning soldiers with little for the wounding of their hearts. Dr. Ed Tick, author of War and the Soul and director of Soldier’s Heart, has worked for more than three decades to develop and apply a model for not just treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but for actually healing the condition at the origin of the wound. In his first book he mapped out the inner world of the combat survivor with a portrait of the soul at war and now, with his newest writing, Warrior’s Return, he provides a detailed holistic, cultural, and spiritual understanding of PTSD and the way home through the restoration of the spiritual warrior. As a combat veteran myself, Dr. Tick’s work has been invaluable in my return home and for a new life after war. Modern diagnostic procedures have not offered much for a problem that historically has existed through many millennia. However, now veterans from all wars, past and present, have the information needed with this amazing approach.”
—John Wesley Fisher, Vietnam veteran, Doctor of Chiropractic, and author of Angels in Vietnam, Not Welcome Home, and The War After the War
“Ed Tick has counseled thousands of wounded warriors. He has studied the warrior in history. He knows the ancient archetypes of warriors and war. No politician should send soldiers to war without reading this book. All of us who care about our warriors should read this book. Warrior’s Return is a unique contribution. It will change your understanding of the warriors who protect and defend us.”
—Michael Lerner, president of Commonweal and author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer
“A poignant and beautiful masterpiece that I could not put down. Warrior’s Return goes to the heart and soul of the warrior’s experience—and how the individual, community, and country can transform inwardly shattered protectors into valued and healed contributors in society. A must read for Service members, their families, helpers, and the nation’s citizens—all of whom share responsibility for sending our sons and daughters off to war and bringing them all the way home again.”
—Glenn R. Schiraldi, PhD, LTC (USAR, Ret.), founder of Resilience Training International and author of The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook, The Complete Guide to Resilience, and The Resilient Warrior
“As a field battalion surgeon in Vietnam, I returned with PTSD, a term which then did not exist. Neither did the methods of healing in this brilliant book. Had they existed, my journey might have been smoothed, along with the suffering of thousands of war veterans since then. The brutal truth is that war often devastates the victors as well as the defeated. Physical wounds may heal, but psycho-spiritual wounds can fester for a lifetime. Dr. Edward Tick understands the causes and cure of these problems as clearly as anyone I know. Warrior’s Return is a masterful follow-up to his groundbreaking War and the Soul. These books constitute the Bible for understanding and treating war trauma. We owe it to our returning warriors to master the wisdom in these two volumes."
—Larry Dossey, MD, battalion surgeon, Vietnam, and author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
“Warrior’s Return should be required reading. This is a raw and honest book explaining what happens when men and women are sent to war. At the same time, the book is filled with inspiration and hope. The cross-cultural stories that Dr. Edward Tick shares are deep and rich. What is so inspirational is how Dr. Tick offers a psycho-spiritual approach that heals and restores the heart, soul, and spirit of our veterans. This is a powerful and important book that offers a comprehensive vision to assist veterans’ reintegration into community."
—Sandra Ingerman, MA, author of Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self
“The French novelist Antoine St. Exupery once wrote that what is most important is not what is visible, but what is invisible—an insight that Dr. Ed Tick would wholeheartedly agree with in regards to the wounds of war veterans. His invaluable new book, Warrior’s Return, is an ecology of war’s invisible wounds, both those of the warriors themselves and that of the culture that pretends to support their hero-warriors in the name of patriotism, but for the most part prefers their soul wounds to remain invisible. Finally, here is a book that makes the darkness in our warriors’ souls visible—and then provides a map that offers hope and direction to bring those souls home again.”
—Phil Cousineau, author of The Art of Pilgrimage and editor of Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement
“Ed Tick is probably the world’s leading authority on warrior cultures and the warrior’s path through the life span. Readers will find here an understanding of the psychological wounds of war as a human universal rather than as a psychiatric condition, followed by an account of the necessary requirements for the warrior’s personal transformation and the successful return home. The suggestion is that psychiatric and psychological care are effective only to the extent that they meet the profound human truths discussed in this book. Veterans who read Tick’s work will find meaning and dignity even in their darkest places.”
—Roger Brooke, veteran of South African Special Forces, professor of psychology, and director of military psychological services at Duquesne University
“A masterpiece from one of our wisest elders for understanding the complex dimensions of war trauma. In drawing from an essential recognition of the warrior (and healer) archetypes, Dr. Tick provides a scholarly map that should be essential reading for all trauma therapists, and by the institutions that are entrusted to treat our military. By addressing these soul wounds, we can begin to provide the deep healing that our returning warriors deserve. This is, as a nation, our sacred duty to those who have risked life and limb to defend us.”
—Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of In An Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness and Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma
“Our warring nation has become skilled at healing many of the physical wounds our men and women receive in war. However, we are not as skilled at healing the invisible wounds that reside in their hearts and their souls. Dr. Edward Tick’s vital work utilizes multicultural healing rituals to welcome our veterans back from battle, to make sacred the powerful initiations they experienced, and to help them take their honored place as soul warriors who personify strength, resilience, and hard-won wisdom.”
—Karla McLaren, author of The Language of Emotions and The Art of Empathy
“Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War is a provocative, transcending, and solidly researched analysis of how cultures across time have both successfully and unsuccessfully addressed the inevitable traumatic wounding from war and violence. Ed Tick’s lucid writing style embeds veterans’ narratives, historical lessons, and compelling insights to unveil a prescriptive model for how society can effectively assist warrior populations throughout the cycle of initiation, restoration, and returning to society—making it one of the most powerful and profound accounts of war, warriorhood, and healing ever written.”
—Mark C. Russell, PhD, ABPP, Commander, US Navy (Ret.), and director of the Institute of War Stress Injury, Recovery, and Social Justice at Antioch University
“Warrior’s Return prepares readers for the realities of war’s lingering impact and encourages us all to confront what it really means to recover from injury, both physical and invisible. Dr. Tick does a great job of telling the individual stories of our veterans, in modern times and throughout history, and the challenges that emerge as warriors return home and must adjust to a new set of circumstances and realities. This book is a must-read for any veteran, loved one, or citizen who wants to learn how spiritual guidance can assist in the transition back from combat operations.”
—Congressional Representative Denny Heck, Washington
“Edward Tick’s enlightening portrayal of America’s ‘throwaways’—our returning soldiers—gives a much-needed voice to the sad epidemic confronting our veterans. He courageously explores the PTSD crisis and draws light to the support systems that fail our warriors. Although he sheds light on a bleak reality, his words and message are full of hope and possibility. As a colleague also committed to serving first responders, I couldn't be more thankful for this book and its clear and powerful message.”
—Lisa Wimberger, founder of the Neurosculpting Institute and author of Neurosculpting and New Beliefs, New Brain
“Finally someone has displayed enough compassion to give returning warriors a scientific way of dealing with their trauma. Warrior’s Return is a book important enough for everyone to read.”
—Arun Gandhi, president of Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute
“After finishing Ed Tick’s new book, Warrior’s Return, all I can say is ‘Wow.’ Ed takes a well-rounded and holistic approach to continued healing and growth for veterans after coming home from battle, and his depth and drive to continue working with the military are truly inspiring.”
—Chaplain (Major) Michael McCawley, US Army
“Warrior’s Return is an invitation to take the long journey through war to a ‘warrior’s return.’ Dr. Tick beckons the reader to think deeply about the warrior and offers insight and a rich, hopeful lexicon that will assist in our individual and corporate desire to overcome and heal the ‘soul wound’ of war. This book will inspire, challenge, teach, and guide those who have served and suffered and those who want to help them.”
—Chaplain (Colonel) Mike Lembke, US Army
“Ed Tick’s book Warrior’s Return is a wake-up call that instills a gut-level understanding of the unacceptable horrors of war and the inevitable soul-scarring that impacts our courageous soldiers and our society. Clearly, no one ever wins, at any time, during war. Ed shows a pathway of healing that can forever break this traumatic cycle of horror that impacts us all.”
—Jonathan Elias, composer and music producer of The Prayer Cycle and Path to Zero albums and president and founder of Elias Arts
“Warrior’s Return is an engaging and healing journey into the great soul-suffering that our returning veterans face. Ed Tick wisely and compassionately reveals the invisible horrors of PTSD and calls to the heart that our concept of war as a means of settling differences has never worked and will never work. Warrior’s Return is a must-read for any legislator or military officer involved in making a decision to place soldiers into the battlefield.”
—Steve Robertson, founder/CEO of ProjectPeaceOnEarth.org, and author of The Power of Choice: Success and Your Life Purpose
“This is a beautifully written and profound book. This provocative work has the type of universality and breadth one finds in the works of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung. It probes the wisdom of the ancient Greeks, the teachings and rituals of our Native American heritage, the assessments of leaders such as President Lincoln and General Sherman, and the reflections of our modern-day warriors. Not only will the reader acquire a deeper understanding of what it means to be a warrior, what it means to be in war and how the war experience transforms a warrior, but it also provides compelling approaches to help heal the warrior’s soul, spirit, and mind when she/he returns from war. This is an important work. It should be read not only by all professionals tasked with treating the returned warrior, but by the family and friends of warriors, by the politicians who make policies affecting warriors and decisions on whether to send our warriors into combat, by those given the responsibility to prepare our men and women for combat, and by anyone who believes they should have a voice in determining whether we send troops into combat or how we care for and treat our warriors when they return from war.”
—Marnie Lo Baugh, PhD, clinical and neuropsychologist, and Les Lo Baugh, Esq., attorney, Vietnam veteran, and advisory board member for SupportVetsNow.org, Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge, and ProjectPeaceOnEarth.org
“Dr. Ed Tick never tries to be something he is not—he is an authentic soul. Like some medicine men from other cultures, he stands apart from those he serves. He has mastered the art of sitting quietly in the dark with warriors and has found ways to honor their words, experiences, and pain. Warrior’s Return is an anecdotal road map that does not point the way <italback</ital—for there is no way back—but forward and through, to a place of wholeness. These words bring light into the darkness for any warrior who has stumbled to find his or her way home, or for anyone who has ever loved such a warrior.”
—Chaplain (Brigadier General) Kevin Turner, Assistant Chief of Chaplains, US Army
About the Author
Edward Tick, PhD, cofounded the nonprofit Soldier’s Heart, Inc. with his partner Kate Dahlstedt and serves as executive director in Troy, New York. He has been honored for his groundbreaking work in the spiritual, holistic, and community-based healing of veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A psychotherapist for 40 years, he has specialized in working with veterans since the 1970s. He is the author of Sacred Mountain, The Practice of Dream Healing, The Golden Tortoise, Wild Beasts and Wandering Souls and the award-winning War and the Soul.
Dr. Tick is an internationally recognized educator and expert on veterans, PTSD, and the psychology of military-related issues. He has conducted trainings, retreats, and workshops across the country and overseas. He has lectured, trained staff, and worked with wounded warriors at West Point, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Hood, Fort Bragg, Fort Knox, Altus Air Force Base, and other Department of Defense facilities. The Department of Defense and VA facilities now use his pioneering work and he was the US Army’s 2012 PTSD Expert Trainer for its annual Chaplain Sustainment Training.
For more information, visit soldiersheart.net.
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As far as the book itself, the structure, writing, and scope of "Warrior's Return" work to remind us that each generation of veterans is unique in its needs, but that soul wounds resulting from war are as universal as gazing at the stars. They can be tracked in every culture from the ancients to today. This is a must read for anyone who supports the current wars, for anyone who despises them, for anyone who is unsure, and especially for those so fated as to know their toll personally. A "thank you" on Veteran's Day is a start to the conversation, but true healing occurs when we embrace what mature warriorhood has to offer the individual and society. Lives would transform if we welcomed our warriors home properly. What is proper? I’ll let Dr. Tick explain for you…
Like an archeologist, Edward Tick painstakingly uncovers this ancient and rich knowledge. With rare insight, he then focuses this knowledge onto the soul of the modern day warrior. Edward Tick tells a profoundly human story.
Ancient cultures, as well as more recent warrior cultures, clearly observed many of the elements which Edward Tick lays bare.
So one may ask, why did modern western culture so tragically -- and for so long -- lose touch with this deeper understanding of the soul of a man or woman who puts their life on the line for their home land?
It's time for modern societies, Western commanders and their military advisors to take a deep look at a tragic truth that they choose to ignore. The warrior will sacrifice his life for his country. The warrior can not be expected to sacrifice his soul.
As Edward Tick reveals, the consequences are devastating for all.
Please don't get me wrong. The book is good stuff. Tick knows Veterans. His methods have stacks of favorable outcomes. But he is not of the Calvin, Niebuhr, Stackhouse school. Only additional research will reveal the efficacy and of Tick's methods.
Until that kind of lengthy research can take place I would not discourage anyone from embracing and attempting to further the strategies presented. But I would also not discourage other therapies/programs that begin with a different view of humanity and venture down a "road less traveled." If Veterans are being served let us press ahead.
Now with Ed's newest work Warrior's Return I expect the same. I read the book cover to cover over several days.
Warrior's Return provides a map for healing not only the many wounds of war but also for reclaiming a culture of caring and community that our country so desperately needs.