Warrior's Return
Restoring the Soul After War

A visionary guide for helping our veterans return home and heal the wounds of war.



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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Tends to the origin of the wound, not just the symptoms. Review by John Wesley Fisher


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.
(Posted on February 21, 2015)

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I'm so so glad that this book has been published, what a invaluable resource! (Posted on October 30, 2014)

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Review for Warrior's Return Review by Ron McCollum


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 (Posted on October 24, 2014)

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Paperback Book

Contents Paperback book (316 pages)
Date Published November 01, 2014
ISBN-10 1-62203-200-4
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-200-6
Dimensions 6 x 9 inches
Product Code BK03827


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Filetypes EPUB, JPG, PDF, MOBI
Date Published November 01, 2014
ISBN-10 1-62203-224-1
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-224-2
Product Code BK03827W