Book review, “After the Trauma, The Battle Begins”

After the Trauma, the Battle Begins, Post Trauma Healing.
Book review.

Welcome Home!, December 16, 2011
By Jason Twombly (New York) – See all my reviews
This review is from: After the Trauma the Battle Begins (Paperback)
“After the Trauma the Battle Begins” by Nigel Mumford is written primarily to soldiers who have suffered the shock and awe of combat. Additionally, serving as an address to caregivers, this book breathes a message of healing and hope to all those haunted by post traumatic stress.

Longing to be understood, longing to be free, longing to be whole and longing to be home are cries of every human heart. There remains for all of us a sense of homesickness and heartache for all things to be put to right. Once cast east of Eden, we achingly wander far from home.

“We live in a world shattered, each step reechoes the cracking of broken glass, shards removed at first from aching feet but then…finally…tolerated. Longing to recover the tranquil garden of gentle grass.” -unknown

This world is both broken and beautiful. Known by the heroes fighting for our liberty, the shards of broken glass are often lodged in the deepest most hidden recesses of their hearts and minds. ‘Welcome Home’ as spoken to soldiers returning from tours of duty is the greeting the reader himself hears from within the bosom of God’s healing embrace. ‘Welcome Home’ is the sweet drink from the stream of serenity that soaks the scars unseen.

Written from the empathy of one who candidly walked the vale of combat and suffering, the author does not avoid describing the jagged edges of life, but offers beauty for brutality and hope for helplessness in the person of Christ The Healer.

If you’ve ever wanted to read a book by a man thrilled and filled with thankfulness from not a few escapes from death then read this book. If you have been desperate for an Anne Sullivan to come along and put words to the inarticulate groanings of your soul that cannot be uttered, Nigel Mumford is the minster of healing that will trace your wounds in the Hands of The Pierced One. Therapy with a theological telos is the kind that is real. Therapy that throbs with compassion is the kind that counts.

Therapists, counselors, chaplains, captains, pastors and those afflicted by trauma, I urge you, read this book. Post traumatic stress affects not only soldiers, but the rank and file of everyday people who have been dealt the blow of unspeakable horror. Take up and read. Unlace your combat boots, rest your aching feet and be led to pastures of the “tranquil garden of gentle grass.”


About Fr. Nigel

Fr. Mumford is a husband, priest, author (four books) and public speaker with a focus on the healing ministry of Jesus. He is a former Royal Marine Commando Drill Instructor. He was called to this ministry in 1990 and was ordained 2005. He is the president of By His Wounds Inc. A not for profit ministry helping war zone veterans heal with The Welcome Home Initiative. For more info please go to
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2 Responses to Book review, “After the Trauma, The Battle Begins”

  1. Rev. Mumford,
    Interestingly enough, I passed through your check-list without making a single mark.
    More interesting than that, I have never experienced any negativity in my life. What will be the subject of your next post? Maybe I can better identify with it.
    Sr. D. Nile

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