“Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War”

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Today is the perfect day to share this book by Asian feminist theologian Rita Nakashima Brock. It’s called “Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War.” By profession, Nakashima Brock is an activist and scholar. This book is the result of her passionate nature for peace in our world. Her book is distinctive in that she reframes the question that is often discussed with regards to Veterans who come back to the U.S. after their service abroad. Most definitely, she is concerned about the physical aspects of their well-being. The focus of her work has been on the emotional and spiritual toll that affects them as well. She coins it as “Moral Injury after War.” The problem is that individuals go to war indoctrinated that the choices they make there reflect their patriotism to our country. To survive in these contexts, for self-preservation, consciously or unconsciously, one must de-sensitize themselves from the guns they shoot and the dismantled bodies and destruction they see as a result of war-like symptoms. To reflect on moral injury is the work of self-healing. For our Veterans this is equally as important as their physical elements. They come to us as open wounds. For non-Veteran families the catchall phrase for these wounds is post-traumatic stress. In this context, Nakashima Brock through use of case studies examines how persons of good will can help wounded Veterans recover from “Moral Injury after War.” I recommend this book highly for individuals interested in wholeness for U.S. Veterans. For more information on her work you can go to this organization she co-founded on the Brite Divinity School campus called the “Soul Repair Center,”http://www.brite.edu/programs.asp? BriteProgram=soulrepair.

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