I am from Akron, Ohio. Our local town newspaper is the Akron Beacon Journal. I am proud to say they accepted my book for review. What they shared about my book was shocking because no where was spirituality shared. This allowed the raw and real realities of my life to be shared. I appreciate the Akron Beacon journal for sharing what the world the truth about the ugliness of being victimized early in life. PTSD is a reality that does not have to be a life-sentence. I am a living witness, life can and will be grand when you understand your total being. Soldier With A Backpack Living And Dying Simultaneously is a tool to enlightenment when you are ready.
Soldier with a Backpack: Linda Diane Wattley didn’t see armed conflict when she served in the U.S. Army after graduating from South High School, but she had seen enough in her life before her enlistment to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. She tells her story in Soldier with a Backpack: Living and Dying Simultaneously.
Wattley recalls being about 4 years old the first time her father raped her. Her parents got into physical battles, and her father took up with a woman who also fought with him, once pouring boiling water on him. Wattley and her brothers were shoved back and forth between the two women; her mother had turned to drinking. There were two devastating deaths in a brief time.
Wattley turned to sex and marijuana while in the Army, which she called a “permanent party.” She was dating a man who she describes as controlling and aggressive; another man who had been friendly with her said “You know you don’t have to take that.” She took his counsel and left her boyfriend, later marrying the better man. They had a happy marriage and two sons, but the heartache was not over.
She began researching PTSD after her son’s return from two tours in Iraq. Despite her father’s actions, she says “our relationship was solid;” she shows forgiveness for other family members who have broken her trust and injured her.
Soldier With A Backpack: Living and Dying Simultaneously (After The Storm Publishing Presents) by Linda Diane Wattley
Soldier With A Backpack: Living and Dying Simultaneously Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the hidden love killer, is instrumental in creating a world of alienation in the human experience.
Soldier with a Backpack, Living and Dying Simultaneously is written to form a silent unity of hope and understanding for individuals experiencing or knowing someone with PTSD and to reveal a needed truth about it.
Linda D. Wattley grew up with a tainted trust in adults, now that she has become one herself; Author Wattley began to learn why adults were so unhappy. She realized that stress and trauma had molded her into someone who felt unworthy of love, yet there was still something else willing her to life, telling her to share with the world that sufferers of PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are more than words could ever describe.
Author Wattley shares the experienced impact stress and trauma has on the human soul and the price we pay ignoring this reality. It is with great urgency she intimately shares her plight in life with her readers. Being mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically raped as a child, she survived by learning to exist in an inner world of divine peace.
Something happened to that little girl; she didn’t die nor did she live, yet much was lost while much was gained.
Book Review: Author Linda Diane Wattley’s memoir ‘Soldier With A Backpack: Living and Dying Simultaneously’ is packed with nuggets of pure truth meant to expose the evil that was meant to destroy her, show God’s greatness and attest to her healing from PTSD. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put her story down. I especially love memoirs, because it takes a special kind of strength to write a memory and share raw emotion and experience with the world.
If you enjoy reading memoirs that are a journey from hell into healing with ordained, anointed prayer behind the words to encourage others along their journey, this book is a must read.
Linda says, “Out of trauma, much drama occurs. Trauma has so many levels of appearing in our lives from the war zones where our soldiers witness death and the survival of death, vehicular accidents, murders, catastrophic disasters, illnesses, rape, sudden deaths of our loved ones; the list is unending.”
“Cycles can be broken when light is shined on reality. This is my purpose to shine light on the personal aftermath of trauma. ‘And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ John 8:13.”
Follow Linda through her life, learn from her healing and willingness to share what most people would hide in the darkness. Enjoy the short, direct poems scattered throughout the book and learn how Linda activated the love of God in her life, so she can be a beacon of light (“messenger”) to those seeking healing form PTSD.
I (Theodocia McLean) endorses Soldier With A Backpack: Living and Dying Simultaneously (After The Storm Publishing Presents) by Linda Diane Wattley as her memoir from darkness into light. I purchased and reviewed this book from Kindle format. The review was completed on January 30, 2016.
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