by Bessel van der Kolk

May 2, 2018

This book came to my attention three times last fall in conversations (or overhearing conversations!) so I queued myself on the long wait list for the library.

A tough book to read as it alludes to the experiences and effects of trauma that van der Kolk has seen through decades of practice. Yet hopeful as well as he describes tools and experiences to help us all find a way forward.

Very helpful for me to read both as a person and a pastor. From the pastor perspective, I see so much of spiritual growth and formation being tied to this kind of work. From a personal perspective, we’ve had trauma and challenge in our own family in recent years. These chapters both help name that and imagine a way forward.