Author Archives: Pat Higo
Rather than addressing what goes wrong when people are traumatized, Survivors: What We Can Learn from How They Cope with Horrific Tragedy takes a positivist approach. Filled with stories of people who overcame seemingly unbearable events, the book examines the details of their traumas to explain what combination of factors enabled them to thrive despite their experiences.
Survivors studies men and women, adults and children, Americans and those from other lands. It encompasses victims of the Nazi Holocaust, survivors of spinal injury, victims of violent crime, adult victims of child abuse, and survivors of the Rwandan genocide. Author Gregory K. Moffatt, a psychologist and counselor, looks at all of these cases in the light of research regarding post-traumatic growth and clinical implications. He explains the combination of social context and protective and personal factors identified as prime agencies for resilience, drawing lessons that can prepare us, not only for extreme trauma, but to deal with the everyday traumas that affect us all.
Nothing conjures up images of the American frontier and a pick-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps view of freedom and independence quite like guns. Gun Crusaders is a fascinating inside look at how the four-million member National Rifle Association and its committed members come to see each and every gun control threat as a step down the path towards gun confiscation, and eventually socialism. Enlivened by a rich analysis of NRA materials, meetings, leader speeches, and unique in-depth interviews with NRA members, Gun Crusaders focuses on how the NRA constructs and perceives threats to gun rights as one more attack in a broad liberal cultural war. Scott Melzer shows that the NRA promotes a nostalgic vision of frontier masculinity, whereby gun rights defenders are seen as patriots and freedom fighters, defending not the freedom of religion, but the religion of individual rights and freedoms.
A who’s who of gospel and mainstream artists lend their extraordinary talent on this must see DVD Christmas compilation; T.D. Jakes Presents: Follow The Star. Over 90 minutes of Christmas celebrations featuring the incomparable Vickie Winans and Gospel Sensation Smokie Norful as co-hosts for the BET Broadcast. A stellar line-up of A-list performances include Grammy Award winners Blind Boys of Alabama, Aaron Neville, Mary Mary, El Trio De Hoy, The Potters House Mass Choir, Beverly Crawford, famed jazz artists Kirk Whalum and Paul Jackson Jr., Darwin Hobbs, Angie Winans, Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers and special cameo appearance by Bishop T.D. Jakes