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Warrior's Return

Restoring the Soul After War
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A visionary guide for helping our veterans return home and heal the wounds of war.
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War touches us all—leaving visible and invisible wounds on the warriors who fight, disrupting their families and communities, and leaving lasting imprints on our national psyche. In spite of billions spent on psychological care and reintegration programs, we face an epidemic of combat-related conditions such as PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). With Warrior’s Return, Dr. Edward Tick presents a powerful case for changing the way we welcome our veterans back from service—a vision and a path for transforming the wounds of war into sources of wisdom, honor, and growth. 

After more than 35 years of working with veterans, Dr. Tick has learned that our conventional ways of addressing the trauma and woundings of war fall far short, usually focusing only on symptoms and temporary relief. Drawing on lessons from cross-cultural wisdom, mythical archetypes, and proven methods from psychology, he offers this book as a valuable resource to help families, caregivers, and returning veterans understand and cope with the life-changing effects of combat, including:

  • Re-examining PTSD—why we must expand our understanding of the full psychological and spiritual impact of war’s invisible wounds
  • Archetype of the warrior—service in combat as a “journey to the underworld,” and why the return home is the most crucial stage
  • The warrior’s path—timeless wisdom from tradition, classical philosophy, great leaders, and religious and mythological sources
  • How cultures around the world have welcomed home their returning warriors for centuries—and what we can learn from them
  • The warrior’s initiation—how the old self dies on the battlefield and a new, more mature self evolves in its place
  • Restoration—methods for overcoming disillusionment and soul-fatigue to restore the warrior’s sense of purpose, motivation, and connection
  • Coming home—specific steps for reintegrating our warriors back into our families and communities
  • Honor—how a warrior can retain personal integrity and self-respect even when they have participated in a war they don’t believe in
  • Forgiveness, reconciliation, and atonement—ways for warriors to close the circle and begin healing what was destroyed

“This is not a hopeless situation,” states Dr. Tick. “Lifelong suffering after war is not inevitable if we understand war’s impact on the heart and soul, both for ourselves and our culture.” For veterans and those who wish to support them, Warrior’s Return offers step-by-step guidance for initiating our transformed warriors into valued members of our community—with an essential map for the hero’s journey home.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Soldier’s Heart. Visit soldiersheart.net.

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Contents Paperback Book (316 pages) eBook (316 pages)
Dimensions 5 x 5 inches
Product Code BK03827 BK03827W
ISBN Number 978-1-62203-200-6 978-1-62203-224-2
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Edward Tick

About Edward Tick

Edward Tick, PhD is a transformational healer, psychotherapist, writer, educator and poet who has been working to heal the invisible wounds of violent trauma for over forty years.  He is honored for his groundbreaking work in the spiritual, holistic, and community-based healing of veterans and other survivors of severe violence who suffer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and moral injury. He cofounded the nonprofit Soldier’s Heart, Inc. with his partner Kate Dahlstedt and serves as its director from national offices in Troy, New York.  He is the author of Sacred Mountain, The Practice of Dream Healing, The Golden Tortoise, Wild Beasts and Wandering Souls, The Bull Awakening and the award-winning War and the Soul.  His two most recent publications are Warrior’s Return and the audio set Restoring the Warrior’s Soul, both from Sounds True.
Dr. Tick is an internationally recognized educator and expert on the military, veterans, PTSD, Viet Nam, and the psychology, spirituality and history of warrior traditions, global trauma and military-related issues. He has conducted trainings, retreats, and workshops across the country and overseas. He has trained staff, taught and worked with wounded warriors at many major Department of Defense and Veteran facilities and colleges, universities, hospitals, health care and community centers across the country and overseas. Department of Defense and Veterans Administration facilities use his pioneering work and he has served as the US Army’s PTSD Expert Trainer and Air Guard’s expert trainer in Moral Injury.  Since 2000 he has led annual journeys to Viet Nam, practicing international war and trauma reconciliation and healing.  His burning commitment is to bring the lessons of healing from severe trauma from the special audiences most directly impacted to the general public – all of us -- experiencing dimensions of global trauma on a daily basis today. 


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Reviewed by John W.
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Tends to the origin of the wound, not just the symptoms.

So much attention is given to the emotional symptoms of returning soldiers with little, if any 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 throughout the many millennium mankind has been determined to grapple with each other, however now veterans from all wars, past and present, have the information needed with this amazing approach. John Wesley Fisher, DC, Vietnam veteran and Author, Angels in Vietnam, Not Welcome Home, The War after the War, With the Flip of a Coin.

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What a great book!

I'm so so glad that this book has been published, what a invaluable resource!

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I was introduced to Ed Tick through his wonderful book War and the Soul. This book was life changing for me and so many others.

Now with Ed's newest work Warrior's Return I expect the same. I read Warrior's Return from 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.

Thanks so much.

Ron McCollum

Lawndale, NC

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