Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Distressed by Rebecca Qualls - Review

I received this book from the author in exchange for my review. The following post contains author / book promotion.

"In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice, my cry came before Him into his ears."   Psalm 18:6

Distressed 237x300 DistressedThe medal around his neck says he's a hero. But Officer Driscoll Parks knows the truth. He's saved lives; but there were others. Faces he'd like to forget. Realities he can't escape. Can he ignore the memories of the ones he didn't save. 
His wife Alex wonders what happened to the man she married. How can she love, or even live with, the critical and angry man
that has taken his place?
Distressed tells the gripping story of a law enforcement officer and his family who must conquer the demons of the past in order to live in the present. 

This book is available on Amazon

About the Author:
Rebecca Qualls resides in beautiful and rural, Smith Valley, Nevada with her husband and three children. Writing takes her on a journey into the shoes of someone else and a different world. Her characters may be fictional but the emotion is real. And its universal. Nelson Mandela said that changing the world starts with changing ourselves and story presents amazing opportunity to change our hearts and perspectives. 
You can keep up with Rebecca via her blog

I was blessed with a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to give a positive review.

My Thoughts:
Have you ever heard of PTSD? Know what it stands for?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can have devastating effects on families. And this book, although fictional, is a prime example of how it can affect those who suffer from it, and the people who love them. Rebecca does an amazing job portraying some of the symptoms of the disorder to her readers through the characters in her book - mainly a police officer, Driscoll. 
I was hooked before the end of chapter one, and the rest of the book kept me reading as the story developed. The main character,  Driscoll, his wife, Alex, and their son Drew, along with the other characters in the book now feel like friends I know personally. I rooted for them and felt like at time I could directly relate to what they were experiencing.  I gleaned alot from this book about how being a first responder can affect a persons emotions and actions. The story gives the reader much food for thought. Definitely recommended highly!
My interest in PTSD has been peaked, and I certainly will devote more time praying for those in first responder positions.
This is my first book by Rebecca, but I will certainly be coming back for more of her works in the future.

Have you or anyone you know experienced a struggle with PTSD? Do you have any tips to offer?

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