"Shock Waves shines a light on those who walk with the wounded; it honors their own tattered spirits and offers help. This book defines the art of self-care and how to couple it with caring."
--Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery
"An honest and hopeful approach to the important and challenging work of traumatic loss."
--Thomas M. Ellis, director of the Center for Grief, Loss & Transition and author of This Thing Called Grief
"With the earnestness of a teacher, the compassion of a healer, and the credibility of a partner living alongside someone with PTSD, Cynthia Orange has written a truly useful book. She leaves us with the conviction that self-care is not a lofty or selfish goal, but a necessity when in relationship with someone who has PTSD. The story of her own family's healing is a boon to the soul."
--Julie E. Neraas, author of Apprenticed to Hope: A Sourcebook for Difficult Times
"Cynthia Orange has written a wise, well-researched, and moving book for victims of PTSD and their loved ones. Hers is the voice of hard-earned wisdom from personal journey. I was moved to tears by the authenticity of this honest book."
--Ann Linnea, author of Deep Water Passage and Keepers of the Trees
"Shock Waves is filled with wise and down-on-the-ground suggestions for dealing with this pervasive problem in our culture. It is also the story of the author's own struggle with her husband's PTSD, narrated with a candor that does not flinch before the heartache and difficulties this disorder represents. Orange offers a next step for those stopped in their tracks, and a realistic hope for those who now can only see the darkness."
--Dr. Tex Sample, author of Earthy Mysticism
“Shock Waves is a gift for those struggling to deal with the strain of supporting a loved one through the aftereffects of trauma. It distills much of what is understood about PTSD and brings to life the disturbing personal and family dynamics it creates. Above all it offers the experience, hope and practical wisdom of those who have faced the problems and overcome them.”
-- Barry Smale, Trauma, CBT, Addiction and EMDR Therapist at Capio Nightingale Hospital
"Cynthia Orange has produced a beautiful, inclusive, and powerful book that names trauma and provides helpful resources for survivors and all who love them. Using her own family and experience, she weaves the heart-thread of story through incredibly useful information, guidance, and hope for recovery."
--Christina Baldwin, author of Life's Companion and Storycatcher
"Solid advice for taking care of oneself and one's family in the wake of a member's traumatization."
--Don R. Catherall, PhD, author of Back From the Brink and editor of Handbook of Stress, Trauma, and the Family
"Distills the essence of what is known about PTSD and its effects on families in a gentle, clear, and readable book of suggestions for healing."
--Patience H. C. Mason, author of Recovering from the War and publisher of The Post-Traumatic Gazette.