Jefferson Park Press is pleased to announce the publication of Dangerous Worlds: A Spiritual Guide to PTSD by Roberta Culbertson.

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Dangerous Worlds: A Spiritual Guide to PTSD by Roberta Culbertson, Ph.D., is currently available from Jefferson Park Press. The book will be in bookstores later this year. To order the book from JP Press, click on Orders and Submissions. 

For a sneak preview of Dangerous Worlds, click on the excerpt under Navigation (above left). Note that the actual book is formatted more attractively than the excerpt, thanks to ace JP Press designer Lisa Wayand.

Written for people who have been diagnosed with PTSD as well as all readers interested in the complex nature of violence, Dangerous Worlds: A Spiritual Guide to PTSD provides an overview of the spiritual dimensions of violent experience. It also offers a framework and specific guidelines for creating what Dr. Culbertson calls a posttraumatic spiritual discipline. Written with grace, empathy, and flashes of humor, this stunningly insightful book draws on the author's personal experience as well as her many years of working with survivors and contemplating systemic violence as it manifests itself in war, genocide, terrorism, and domestic abuse. 

Dangerous Worlds: A Spiritual Guide to PTSD is the second book from JP Press. The first is Judith Dickerman-Nelson's Believe in Me: A Teen Mom's Story. I'm honored to publish both of these excellent books. Stay tuned for more publishing news!
--Hilary Holladay
Editor and Publisher, Jefferson Park Press

JP Press author: Roberta Culbertson

A native of Washington, D.C., Roberta Culbertson spent much of her childhood in Lebanon, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, and Guatemala while her father served as an American government official. She is a graduate of Sweet Briar College with a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Virginia. She currently lives on a farm in Greene County, Va.

For many years, Roberta directed the Center on Violence and Community at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville. A survivor of violence, she draws on her personal knowledge of trauma and its otherworldly dimensions as well as her scholarly expertise in violence studies, her extensive work with refugee communities, and her recent experience as a chaplain at the University of Virginia's Medical Center.

In Dangerous Worlds: A Spiritual Guide to PTSD she candidly posits that while there is no "cure" for posttraumatic stress disorder, there are constructive ways to navigate the vast, often fearsome spiritual realm with which one is forced to reckon after experiencing life-altering trauma. Those ways include seeing oneself as part of a very long continuum of survivors whose experiences have been recorded in poetry and countless sacred texts, developing a personalized meditation practice, identifying a spiritual teacher (who may or may not take corporeal form), and being open to shamanic journeying.