Review of ‘Soldier with a Backpack’ by Linda D. Wattley *****

Review of Soldier with a Backpak

Soldier with a Backpack

Abused by her father as a young teenager, Linda Fields continues to love him, although the experience left her with deep trauma. It was years later that she realized what had happened to her. Her father and mother fought often, and one day her mother left her and her three brothers. He remarried, but it was not a happy union, which further cased Linda personal grief as she sought some stability in her young life. Graduating from high school, she joined the Army, where she flowered as a woman and experienced relationships with men. Some were emotionally rewarding, while others reminded her of her father’s domineering and abusive attitude. In 1978, out of the Army, she married and had two sons. Two years later, her beloved husband died in a tragic car accident, shattering what she considered a perfect life. The experience sent her into an emotional downward spiral, but she regained her strength through faith, her mother and friends. After being rear-ended by a truck and suffering concussion and sever whiplash, she spent years rehabilitating herself and fighting a serious overweight problem. This was followed by bankruptcy when a business venture fell through, shattering her faith in people, sending her further into deep depression. It took a long time, but Linda rose to the challenge to save herself from sinking into an abyss of despair.

Reading Linda D. Wattley’s Soldier with a Backpack is like peeking through a stranger’s window to see what is going on, afraid of being caught, but wanting to see what happens next. The book is a disturbing and sensitive experience that will leave a lasting impression, forcing the reader to reflect on his or her experiences. Sometimes with sympathy as Linda Wattley’s turbulent past generates familiar echoes, or with thanks that we have been spared such trauma. Written in flowing prose uncluttered with complicated self-analysis, Soldier with a Backpack leaves no room for misunderstanding what Linda Wattley has gone through on her life’s troubled journey. Despite her trials, emotional and family upheavals that may have defeated others, she managed to overcome her pain and survive, sustained by faith, family and friends. This book is a sobering revelation of a struggle against ongoing setbacks; a window that once looked through cannot be closed.

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About the Author

Linda D. Wattley

Linda Diane Wattley is a proud veteran of the United States Army. She was born in Akron, Ohio and attended the University of Akron majoring in Psychology. While attending the University she learned during a writing course she had the gift of writing. This gave her confidence to submit her first work of art which was poetry. The poem, “I Wish” appeared in the Poetry Gem of the American Poets Society.

For over twelve years she had her own religious/philosophical column in the Frost Illustrated Newspaper in Fort Wayne, Indiana, titled “The Best Will Show Themselves” where she shared her personal perspectives of spiritual insights and covered current social and religious events in her community.

Linda has appeared as a contributing writer for the online magazines including: “Faith Writers”, “The Wright Side of Me Productions”, “The Blessed Room”, “Real Life Real Faith Magazine” and “The Cheers” where she shares inspirational and thought-provoking messages to readers. She is also a contributing author of anthologies: “The Triumph of My Soul” edited by Elissa Gabriel, “This Far by Faith” with Vanessa Miller as editor and “Testify: The Praise Literary Collection Testimonials” complied by Angel M Barrino.

God has awakened her to an extremely important message to share with the world. We must become more conscious of PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Her work: “Soldier with a Backpack, Living and Dying Simultaneously”, has allowed Linda Diane Wattley to be a nominee for the ‘Best in Nonfiction’ during the African American Literary Awards Show in 2016. Her work continues as a voice for victims of every walk of life. She is a registered member and speaker of RAINN, an organization supporting and encouraging victims of sexual assault. She is available for interviews and speaking engagements.

Today she shares a very important message pertaining to our souls. “The Love and Redemption Series” is a trilogy taking readers on a soulful journey of discovering self from the inside out. This dramatically written series is filled with spirit and a truth cutting to the core for anyone having a heart to understand the intertwining impact spirit and sex has on our lives as we grow into our unique individuality. Before we know who we are, we must understand what we are not. This is a work of spiritual and mental stimulation and renewal, a must to move forward.

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