Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War

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“Soul Repair is an eloquent, deeply human reminder that war is not just what takes place on a distant battlefield. It is something that casts a shadow over the lives of those who took part for decades afterwards. The stories told by Lettini and Brock are deepened by what the authors reveal about the way the tragic thread of war’s aftermath has run through their own families.”Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars
 
“Those you send to war may come home with souls unclean and hearts drowning in bitter mistrust.  But the need for purification after battle has vanished into the blind spot of our culture. We neither offer it to returning veterans, nor remember that we—for whose sake, in whose name, our soldiers went to war—need purification with them. Potent challengers of conventional thinking, rich in heart, those who speak here are voices you will not forget.”Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD, author of Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming
  
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Very important and deeply moving.  I strongly recommend it.”James H. Cone, author of The Cross and the Lynching Tree 
 

“Soul Repair is stunning, just beautiful.  Riveting.  This is not just a breakthrough book, it is a breakthrough moment, the kind of work that makes history shift and emotions adjust.  It restores balance and reclaims life.”Amir Soltani, author of Zahra’s Paradise
 
"Eloquent and unflinching discourse on war's problematic moral core."—Publishers Weekly
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In this appeal to Americans to take more seriously the psychic wounds of war and high suicide rate of veterans, Brock (Saving Paradise) and Lettini (Homosexuality) move beyond post-traumatic stress disorder to what they understand as a distinct category of injury: the moral toll of war. Ordinary people with everyday consciences often become deeply troubled when they have to kill, even for “good” reasons, and especially when the victims are women and children in ill-defined war zones. While PTSD can be cured or resolved through psychotherapy, moral wounds often become more acute as soldiers recover from traumatic stress. The authors question the efficacy of rationalizing away moral injury—should we not instead interrogate what it means for humans to violate their consciences? The book lets veterans tell their stories. Each veteran has a distinct social location—e.g., white, black, or Latino, Vietnam or Iraq war vet—but their sagas tend to melt together. The book’s strength lies, however, not in the narratives but in the authors’ eloquent and unflinching discourse on war’s problematic moral core. (Nov. 6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807029121
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 184,494
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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