3 out of 4 stars
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According to a United States House Committee on Oversight and Reform report released in 2016, the ratio of suicide between war veterans and people who hadn't served in the military is 3:2. This statistic is alarming. Further investigations reveal that most veterans who commit suicide struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This struggle is mostly because of the hard decisions they make during war. Many veterans don't have the mental capacity to handle PTSD, especially when the camaraderie of war is over, and loneliness takes over them. Warrior Up by Eric Carbaugh is a book designed to help veterans rediscover who they are and to find the strength to overcome the demonic tendencies of committing suicide.
One of the strongest points of this book is the author's profile. Eric is a veteran — he served as a U.S. Marine. He knows first-hand the struggles and challenges that veterans deal with every day. He has been in the field, and he can relate to the pain and problems that make veterans suicidal. The author's pedigree is the one thing that makes this book acceptable to the ideal reader.
Being a veteran himself, the author showed a lot of empathy in his writing. He didn't come from a judgemental point of view — I doubt if I would've finished the book if he did. He was able to convey a message that would resonate with veterans struggling with PTSD. Though he admitted not to have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, he shared other challenges that could have made him suicidal. His personal stories made this book relatable and convincing.
It's worth mentioning that this book contains religious elements. Everything the author shared in it was mostly based on biblical principles and beliefs. Some of the chapters in the book were coined from phrases in a particular verse of the Bible. There were also Bible quotations at strategic points in the book. Understanding the sensitivity of religion, I would not recommend this book to everyone — though I found the content generally helpful. The best audience for this book would be Christian veterans and people who won't find its religious elements in it disturbing.
My best part of this book was the 30-day warrior challenge. This was where the author put words to action. This challenge would help the reader practice the things learned throughout the book.
The only thing I disliked about this book was the plethora of grammatical errors I found in it. Another round of editing would help to fix these errors. Therefore, I rate Warrior Up three out of four stars.
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