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From Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava By Jay Kopelman Christopher Lane From Baghdad to America Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava None

  • Title: From Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava
  • Author: Jay Kopelman Christopher Lane
  • ISBN: 9781400138753
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Audio CD
  • From Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava By Jay Kopelman Christopher Lane None
    From Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava By Jay Kopelman Christopher Lane

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    1. Buggy on said:

      The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war E.B WhiteThis was an inspiring follow up to From Baghdad, With Love A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava , tracing Jay Kopelman and his transplanted dog Lava s transition back to civilian life in the US Unlike the first book this is about the man than the dog We witness Kopelman struggle here with problems that many returning veterans face including anger management and control issues In Kopelman s case it s through his dog and u [...]

    2. Bonnie Morse on said:

      Don t be fooled, this book isn t really about a dog It s about the weirdly defensive Marine who brought him home from Iraq and how that Marine is better than a everyone who s never been in combat because we all watch reality tv and drive SUVs, apparently and b everyone else, because reasons Although he, the Marine, has PTSD and hates therapy, he seems to be advising therapy for all other service members Probably because he s so much better than they are, if he s aware that he needs help, they mu [...]

    3. Elizabeth☮ on said:

      i read kopelman s first book, because i love animals and hearing rescue stories this picks up where his last book left off lava and he are both back in the stages trying to adjust to civilian life kopelman s writing is honest, but it feels sophomoric at times also, he uses a lot of rhetorical questions which can become annoying i feel he gives real life solutions to problems soldiers face upon redeploying, but i felt the writing was just getting into the meat of the matter when the book ended.

    4. Cheryl on said:

      In this sequel to his book From Baghdad With Love, Jay Kopelman describes his life with his dog, Lava, after arriving back in the United States During his multiple deployments to Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Kopelman was responsible for the men in his unit Together they operated under enormous stress, participating in battles and firefights, often with horrific results His sanity was preserved by interacting with Lava, a stray dog rescued near a combat zone Upon their return to the States, both were [...]

    5. Sandy on said:

      Any idea what it s like to come home from the madness, bloodshed, and horror that is Iraq and resume normal American life Author Jay Kopelman will tell you This retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps will spare you nothing if you open this book and take the walk with him The book is a beauty, a wonder.

    6. Tee Mcdaniel on said:

      Book 2 was pretty good but about PTSD than Lava, it was well worth the reading.

    7. Veru on said:

      I had just finished reading From Baghdad to America Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava when I picked this up So, with my head still full of puppy Lava love, I expected and wanted this sequel to tell me about Lava s cute doggie antics and his happy life ever after in the States That and only that I wanted his traumatic life in Baghdad to have ended forever But life is not a fairy tale As Kopelman said, war changes people Dogs, too In this sequel, Kopelman tells us about his and Lava s transition [...]

    8. Shirley on said:

      From Baghdad to America Life Lessons From A Dog Named Lava is a welcome follow up to From Baghdad, with Love This piece of non fiction has a very different tone than the first book as the author takes us from war torn Fallujah to a new life of recovery for both he and Lava in La Jolla, California Kopelman compares Lava s drive and loyalty to that of a Marine Semper Fidelis is the Marine Corp motto meaning always faithful p 26 Lava s loyalty upon undertaking his new life in La Jolla is evidenced [...]

    9. Cole Joneson on said:

      Imagine fighting in Fallujah, one of the most dangerous places in the world, and seeing some of the most horrific things a person can ever see in their life But a companion helps you connect to the person you were before the terrible event New York Times bestselling author Jay Kopelman gives us an insight into his amazing story about how a dog changed his life in the book From Baghdad to America As a dog lover, this book was really interesting to me I realized that dogs are not only family but a [...]

    10. Casey on said:

      I liked this book and I see it as a good vessel to push those who are suffering from PTSD into therapy But I thought that this book would be about Lava and less about the mental stability of those coming home from war I think dogs are the best therapy and I m glad that Jay had the book and Lava as an excuse to push him into seeing someone about his issues It s a lovely story about a dog and a man helping each other recover from what they saw and lived through during their stay in Fallujuah It t [...]

    11. Alice on said:

      I picked up this book, because dog, and di count But if I could do it over again, I would read the first book From Baghdad With Love first, before this one This is, as another reviewer said, like an extended epilogue It s also a book that I think is less targeted to a civilian reader and for repatriated vets the message being, please acknowledge and get the support you need to move forward in life there s no shame, because it is what it is.Actually, I guess that s a pretty universal message, de [...]

    12. Lara on said:

      Less focused than the first book, From Baghdad, With Love A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava, this one mainly deals with life after Iraq, both for Kopelman and for Lava I think the main message is an important one that a lot of soldiers get out and don t get the help that they need because they feel their macho image needs to be upheld, and that it s not right Kopelman himself gets help only reluctantly, and under cover of doing research for the book, but admits that it was needed and that [...]

    13. Teresa on said:

      I believe that some of these first reviews are mixing up the first book From Baghdad With Love with this one From Baghdad To America.This book is about Kopelman s and Lava s adjustment to life back in Kopelman s case and life in Lava s case in America Kopelman s anger management issues, falling in love with the love of his life because Lava bit a child How Lava helped Kopelman meet this woman, marry and have a child of his own How Kopelman, under the guise of research, finally seeks professiona [...]

    14. Colleen on said:

      I could basically copy paste my review for From Baghdad with Love with a few minor edits but that s cheating.Basically, while many complain that Jay is an inexperienced and unpolished writer, I think he has a perfect voice for his stories His books are about surviving hell on earth only to come back to what you thought would be heaven and find out it s just as hellish if not so only different I think his writing catches people off guard with his honesty and openness and makes it easy to relate [...]

    15. Laura on said:

      Considering this a is a follow up to From Baghdad, With Love , I was expecting it to be about Lava Instead, it seems to primarily be Kopelman s way of wrestling with the PTSD he surely has, but won t admit to It was a bit too oo rah for me and some of Kopelman s offhand statements rubbed me the wrong way for example, his comment about nurturing children to be exclusively the mother s job I also find it frustrating that he makes such a big point of encouraging others to go seek help for PTSD but [...]

    16. Angela on said:

      I was really interested in reading the first book that he wrote, but the library didn t have it This book was easy to read, but I didn t think it was well written He talks about what it was like after coming back from Iraq and the dog s adjustment to life in America I m sorry, but a dog doesn t know if it s in America or Iraq or Timbuktu for that matter Maybe he was using the dog to represent his own adjustment to coming back to America He also talked about how the dog had PTSD, because it woul [...]

    17. Carla Harris on said:

      If I could give this book 10 stars I would.I have done many research papers on PTSD in my Psychology degree and Masters Reading and thinking of ways that could our men and women who are coming home from deployment Your book has finally has answered so many questions Has helped write the conclusion to my latest paper, and gives me hope that maybe if Vets read this it will break the barrier of silence and they will feel it is OK to seek help Stop the stigma of finding someone who can stop the fla [...]

    18. Lindsay Foster on said:

      I didn t like this book as much as I did the first one, From Baghdad with Love, but I did enjoy it quite a bit Col Kopelman focused on life with Lava after returning home from Iraq He not only focused on how Lava adjusted, but also how he adjusted and how he could relate to Lava Col Kopelman shed light on issues a lot of servicemen encounter after coming home from Iraq and shared the many problems of negative stigma of mental health in the military This was of great interest to me Col Kopelman s [...]

    19. Laura on said:

      This book has such an interesting take on posttraumatic stress We learn about the author, and I don t even necessarily like him, but he opens up about his journey to destigmatize his own need for mental health care by looking at PTS through the eyes of his dog, which is pretty cool He takes on meds and gives a shout out to virtual reality therapy so all in all, an interesting take on a subject i know well I think if you don t know PTS that well, you will get a real education Definitely not as m [...]

    20. Suzy on said:

      This is a continuation of Jay Kopelman s first book From Baghdad with Love In that book, Jay risks everything to smuggle a puppy named Lava from Baghdad back to America.But this book isn t so much about the dog It s about Jay s struggle to resume a life of normality once he retires from active duty, with Lava by his side.This book brilliantly explains why those who return from active duty in war zones are not the same person as they were when they first left Everyone should read it.

    21. Judy on said:

      OK, I didn t read the prequel to this book, and I didn t really have any particular expectations This story is really about adapting to civilian life after a career in the military than it is about the dog Having managed to rescue a dog from war torn Iraq as he rejoins civilian life, the author readily identifies ptsd in his dog then begins to see that maybe he has issues of his own Rescuing his dog, Lava, has obviously benefited them both in many ways, and maybe some of the rest of us as well. [...]

    22. Pam Marden on said:

      I thought this was a good book It shows the difficulties of a serviceman returning to civilian life and how even dogs can suffer from PTSD I commend LTC Kopelman for his service to our country both during his time in the service and his work for our vets in his civilian life I liked this book even though, at times, it was difficult to see the things our service people have to face in war zones and how they are treated after they come back Thank you to all who serve our have served in our militar [...]

    23. Stacie on said:

      Short to the point I would think that I would have the same feelings about life in general as the author, if I were a soldier and lived his experiences Heck, I have a lot of the same feelings already, without the selfless work of a military man The pettiness and entitlement the average American exudes sicken him as they do me I cannot imagine the depth of those thoughts if fostered by war.I have not read From Baghdad with Love, but I think I would like to, even out of order, just to learn what t [...]

    24. Samantha Edholm on said:

      If you are looking for a heartwarming tale about a dog rescued from a war zone, this isn t the book for you I m not even sure why it is titled the way it is because the book is barely about a dog at all What it is is one long preachy and pedantic rant While I appreciated getting a glimpse into the mind of someone deeply effected by the horrors of war, I was turned off by FAR too muck complaining about entitled civilians, particularly women whom the author often refers to in the most misogynistic [...]

    25. Susan on said:

      Always interesting to hear a first hand account of war experiences A dog found in a metal drum during a firefight ends up with PTSD along with his eventual owner It is the story of Lava, the dog and his owner as they try to recover and rejoin life How Lava got to America is a little unclear, but his arrival helped the war vet find a wife and family and share in his recovery Listened to this on audio

    26. Dawn on said:

      A look at Lava s life after he made it to America I m so glad he has a loving family to take care of him Both he and Jay have been through hell from their time in Iraq Suffering from PTSD and getting help for that is important Many people would have a hard time handling a dog like Lava, but since they were together in Iraq, Jay understands Lava s demons and can help him to try and work past his fears.

    27. Hava on said:

      I didn t realize this was a follow up to another book I haven t read the first book and probably won t This book was good and the narration I listened to the audiobook was well done He definitely has some mental problems and when I say he I mean both the author and the dog but the love they have for each other is strong My father was in the Marines for 20 years, so I have a special affinity to military stories.

    28. Janine Shelton on said:

      At first I had expected about Lava, but when you take into account that it says right in the title Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava, I realized the book was about what Jay has learned from the experience of helping Lava overcome his own PTSD I think it s a great way to show our military men and women that there is no shame in asking for help and seeking therapy Sometimes you just need someone to talk to that knows how to listen.

    29. Connie D on said:

      Like With Baghdad with Love, this book is enlightening than enjoyable The writing is clear and frank and appealing to military types lots of familiar phrases for me , not literary That s fine, especially if it helps anyone get help for PTSD, which Lava the dog obviously has had and Jay had to a lesser degree This is very helpful in understanding the experience of war veterans returning to civilian life May they all find comfort and joy in life again.

    30. Heather on said:

      I thought I was requesting from Baghdad with Love from the library and instead realized when I picked this book up that I was going to read them out of order With that being said, I liked this book even though it vacillated from being loving to angry to totally off topic of Lava The messages were strong and clear and I appreciate that he is trying to reach out to vets and their families that PTSD is something to treat and not be embarrassed to go to therapy.

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