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Courage Cover

Her courage

and her heart

will be tested in ways

she never expected 

Beth Thatcher has spent her entire life in the safe, comfortable world of her family, her friends, and the social outings her father’s wealth provides. But Beth is about to leave it all behind to accept a teaching position in the rugged foothills of western Canada. Inspired by her aunt Elizabeth, who went west to teach school several years ago, and gently encouraged by her father, Beth resolves to put her trust in God and bravely face any challenge that comes her way.

But the conditions in Coal Valley are even worse than she’d feared. A recent mining accident has left the town grieving and at the mercy of the mining company. The children have had very little prior education, and many of the locals don’t even speak English. There isn’t even a proper schoolhouse. In addition, Beth’s heart is torn between two young men—both Mounties, one a lifelong friend and the other a kind, quiet man who comes to her aid more than once.

Despite the many challenges, Beth is determined to make a difference in the rustic frontier town. But when her sister visits from the East, reminding her of all the luxuries she’s had to give up, will Beth decide to return to her privileged life as soon as the school year is over?



While anticipating the honor of writing a review for Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan’s novel When Courage Calls, I pondered if my words could give proper merit to such creative teamwork from these two superb authors. As a long time reader of Janette Oke – often relating her skilled gift to Laura Ingalls Wilder, I perceive the same in Laurel Oke Logan. I am sincerely humbled to be reviewing this work of perfection


Beth Thatcher touched me deeply – she had the true heart of a missionary, with a spirit of kindness within a soul full of God’s Holy Word.  All those wonderful characteristics plus courage to venture into the unknown enabled her to face challenges with belief that she could be the impetus to change things through her deep faith in God.  Beth made a daring decision to accept a position as the school teacher in remote Coal Valley, an indigent mining area in Western Canada.  Beth finds herself in a bit of culture shock without the conveniences of home and wealth she had been privileged to know in Toronto. One of my favorite characters, Molly, the boarding house owner where Beth lived, was delightful and quite appropriately written into this beautiful story.  Oh, but then there is Frank…. and the children…..and the unlikely school room…and the Italian miners – there is no end to the unique quaintness versus durability of the people of Coal Valley.  When Beth played her violin and enthralled the community to envision the miracle of Christmas…. my heart felt the glory. When you read this story and find out why Beth’s violin played a part in a huge surprise, you will soon realize there are many surprises in store to keep the pages turning.


Edward Montclair and Beth were lifelong friends, however Beth considered him an annoyance and was not intending to gratify their mothers’ presumptuous plans that the two would one day marry.  Beth’s exhaustive train ride from Toronto to Coal Valley had some unpleasant and unpredicted surprises; in a bizarre way concerning Edward.  Beth envisioned no dreams of romance then or after arriving in Coal Valley.  However, this is a love story in my estimation about how God’s love can turn hopeless situations to promising.  It is no surprise that the authors created the characters of this story to breathe and come alive on the page.  Sensational writing includes the vindictive and evil side that plagues the community with mystery.  When the hint of romance comes into the story with Royal Canadian Mountie Jarrick (Jack) Thornton, my own heart palpitated a bit and wondered if Beth would have secret thoughts about this warm and charming Christian believer.


Before I forget myself and deluge too much – you can find out from the back cover an excellent synopsis of this solid story, as well as peruse many fine written reviews as to why you should acquire this book and read what’s between the covers for yourself.  Interestingly, I learned When Courage Calls is a special companion story to Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart” TV series.  You know you are getting the best when you see it on Hallmark.  Where have I heard something like that said before?  Unfortunately, I have not seen or read the prior episodes of this series on the Canadian West.  Through further information, I found this series of seven books was republished in 2005 with updated covers.  These novels will be added to my library as time permits.


It is my hope that the Ms. Janette Oke and Ms. Laurel Oke Logan will write another novel in this series continuing the story of Beth and answer all my questions about what happens next.  My curiosity is as real as my admiration for the authors.  Thank you ladies, for blessing your readers through Beth’s story.  I feel blessed having the pleasure of reading it.


Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.




Janette Oke Celebrated for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry, Janette Oke is the recipient of numerous awards. Her novels have sold more than 30 million copies and are beloved by readers around the world. Janette lives with her husband, Edward, in Alberta, Canada. 

Laurel Oke Logan is the daughter of Edward and Janette Oke, is the author of “Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie,” as well as the novel “Dana’s Valley,” which she co-wrote with her mom. Laurel and her husband have six children and two sons-in-law and live near Indianapolis, Indiana.
















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Barb:  Well, here we are again, Leslie, after taking a day’s break to allow our readers to catch up and take in more understanding of PSTD, we are both eager to continue.  Didn’t we leave the interview the other day promising more information about EMDR and Brainspotting?

Leslie:  Yes and I’m glad to be continuing with more information.  This entire issue is direly important to be understood.  I do appreciate the comments and input from those reading your blog.  So, start firing your questions and I’ll do my best to answer.

Barb:  Right on, Leslie….(chuckles)…I’ll admit that I’ve done a little research on EMDR and Brainspotting and I googled some information.  There is certainly a lot of information, so I randomly looked at Paula R. Shild PhD of a Boulder, Colorado Therapy Group that works with all types of relationship problems.


Leslie:  I’d be interested in seeing that, but what did you find out?  Tell me something you learned and I’ll pick up and interrupt…..well, I really mean add to what you are saying. (laughs)

Barb:  Ok.  I apologize that I didn’t send this information to you, but I’ll send it to you later, if that is alright.  She gave a great lead in on what causes PSTD:

            “Our earliest relationships with our parents or caregivers influence who we are and how we interact with others for the rest of our lives. Connecting with our parents is as instinctual and fundamental as our need to eat and sleep. A good relationship or attachment to our parents allows us to develop our sense of our selves and shapes our personalities. How we get our needs met by our parents as children affects how we see and experience others and the world around us.

When we have relationship problems or are unhappy generally in our adult lives, we can examine these early relationships to determine how we learned to connect with others. The therapeutic relationship is the perfect place to figure out what we need to change to have good relationships and more satisfying lives.

In my Boulder Psychotherapy practice, I help individuals understand how ways that they interact with others can interfere with having healthier, more satisfying relationships and personal lives. In counseling clients will

  • gain a better understanding of themselves and their needs
  • learn more effective communication skills
  • reduce relationship conflict and stress
  • create more satisfying couple, step family, step kid, friend, and family relationships”
  • paula@paulaschild.com

Leslie:  Very well stated. That about covers exactly what causes PSTD.  When you read my book, after it is published, you will see how these factors in my childhood and adulthood resulted in my PSTD.

Barb:  I’m so anxious to read your book.  Now, tell us what EMDR means and how it is used in therapy, please.

Leslie:  EMDR means Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing…..

Barb:  What on earth does that mean?  Have you been given that type of therapy?

Leslie:  (laughs slightly)…I knew that explanation would surprise you.  Yes, I’ve been through this in therapy, and it does sound kind of nutty, but it really worked for me.  For Some, our earliest attachments and relationships with our parents/family or caregivers is not as positive or productive as it could have been or should be.. There are lots of reasons for this, such as the mother’s depression,  father’s absence, or other stresses including poor parenting, physical or emotional abuse, alcoholism or other substance abuse by parents;  medical traumas, childhood illnesses and hospitalizations, or economic hard times to name just a few.

Barb:  That is quite a few!  How sad to think about children going through this kind of abuse and treatment that is worse than what you have already talked about.  Tell us more about this therapy.

Leslie:  Ok,  I’ve learned some big words in my therapy and what they mean in explaining where PSTD begins……(smiles, cute chuckle)…I’ll try to be succinct…  because the brain develops through interpersonal interaction, this problematic relationship affects how we perceive and experience the environment around us; including other important persons in our lives like spouses/partners, step kids, our biological children, friends, etc. Trying to resolve these relationship problems through traditional “talk” therapy is ineffective because it does not access the parts of the brain that contain the distressing relationship experiences.

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) accesses these parts of the brain and allows therapists to work with these experiences. EMDR is also very useful for resolving traumas resulting from car accidents and violent crime. Those trained in EMDR use it successfully with individuals as well as couples to resolve relationship problems.

Barb:  Very well explained, but I’m curious as to the treatment itself and how you have learned to use it to help others.

Leslie:  Well….I don’t want to give away an example of that now…I hope you’ll read that in my book.  For more information about EMDR, please visit my website or blog.  Another site for a good explanation is www.emdr.com, EMDR Institute, Inc.  The EMDR Institute™, founded by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1990.

Barb:  Understood.  Thanks for what you’ve told us about EMDR.  It makes more sense to me now.  Leslie, what about Brainspotting?  Do we have time today to cover that somewhat? 

Leslie:  Sure.  Again….LOL….big words that I never knew before my therapy…but I know them well now.  I’ll be brief on Brainspotting also, because my book will cover that therapy in more detail.  Quite a long time ago EMDR therapist and psychologist, Dr. David Grand, developed Brainspotting, another technique that accesses the parts of the brain that store painful experience and relationship problems. “Brainspots” or eye positions allow us to neurobiologically locate, focus, process, and release experiences and symptoms out of reach of the conscious mind and its cognitive and verbal capacities.  “Brainspotting”  is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging symptoms.” He has trained in Brainspotting and uses it with patients –  individuals and couples  –  struggling with relationship problems in their couple’s relationship, step families, and at work.  If anyone wants more information on Brainspotting, please go to www.biolateral.com/brainspotting.htm


Is that enough information to tease you into studying this subject more to understand better what I’ve gone through?  As I said before….you can find all kinds of information by reading my book.

Barb:  I think our brains have been tickled quite enough for today.  Well done, Leslie.  I’m so glad you are here to tell others about your plight and your journey as a different person into the future.  You have been through so much negativity and pain in your life.  I’m so glad you’re past that now and recovered.

Leslie:  Thank you, Barb.  I’m so thankful for the opportunity to share all of this with others.

Barb:  Leslie, When we’ve chatted before, I heard you mention veterans PSTD.  I think many of us relate PTSD to those veterans involved in combat and don’t survive the emotional impact of what they’ve been through.   This is a sorrowful and sordid issue and how did you become involved in understanding their severe problems with PTSD?  Have you included any stories of veterans as well as other victims of this disorder?

Leslie:  Yes I wrote about my father who suffers PSTD in only one chapter of my book, but not in other chapters.  My book is mostly about me because it is a memoir about me but in my family background I explain about my dad’s PTSD so readers would have a sense to understand that the parental neglect wasn’t his fault because he was dealing with so much trauma himself.  Also my mother was an alcoholic.

Barb:  That does indeed sound quite heavy.  Can we look forward tomorrow to hearing more about your dad. 

Leslie:  Yes, I’d like to talk about my dad.  His life has not been easy and he did serve in Vietnam which resulted in extreme trauma and deep psychological changes in his personality.  By the grace of God, he is still living, but is not well.

Barb: Yes, the grace of God has covered many in their need.  Praise the Lord!  You and your family are in my daily prayers and I am sure other’s prayers as well.  Leslie, I appreciate your discussing this painful time and your triumph.  Thank you and we’ll look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Friends, please return tomorrow to hear about Leslie’s dad and some of his struggles.  We don’t want to overplay the importance of this devastating disease, PTSD; but we don’t want to underplay it either.

God Bless All of You and Yours,


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Paula R. Shild PhD of a Boulder, Colorado Therapy Group



www.emdr.com, EMDR Institute, Inc.  The EMDR Institute™, 

founded by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1990.






Day One


 (This is the first in a series of five interviews with Leslie Raddatz covering mature extensive material on PSTD)

Barb:    Hello friends, It is my privilege to introduce my friend, Leslie Raddatz. Leslie, welcome. I’m so pleased to do this interview with you. You have quite a story to tell.

Leslie: Thank you so much Barb for having me. Yes, it is exciting to know that I have written a memoir that will help many victims, survivors and their loved ones all over the world to understand my three disorders.

Barb: Leslie has overcome a crippling disorder that has destroyed many lives and affected families all over the world. Being a disease that seems to be unique and recognized as what can happen to an individual following extreme trauma. Leslie, please inform us about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), what it is and what causes it.

Leslie: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that can result in psychological trauma. This event may involve the threat of death to oneself or to someone else close to us; or to one’s self or someone else’s physical, sexual, or psychological integrity.

Barb: You are to be commended, Leslie, this is a tremendous undertaking for you.  It is obvious to me and everyone who knows and meets you that the Lord is with you. Jesus must be very concerned about this entire tragedy and he has assigned you a big job. I’m excited for you. When did you know your past experiences were needed to help others?

Leslie: I started my blog and website the last week of November 2011 and have reached many people all over the world. Some have chatted with me on facebook and some privately by email. I have received testimonials from the survivors I have already helped. I have been honest and open with them when they had questions and also suggested coping skills that worked for me. I was impressed to find out that one of the survivors I helped was referred by my psychiatrist to check out my website and blog.

Barb: You’ve mentioned to me that you’ve received amazing response from your blog and website. Break that down a bit for us.

Leslie: People have accessed my website (http://www.silencednolonger.com/) from thirty-six states in America, about seventeen nations or countries, and five continents. People have accessed my blog (http://silencednolonger.blogspot.com) from forty-one countries around the world.  I feel very humbled by all the response – it came overwhelmingly fast. *

Barb:   Leslie, I can’t hold this back any longer, I just really need to throw this right in about you being interviewed on the Max & Friends (Max Tucci) show on LA Talk Radio last evening. I’m so impressed with your presentation and chat with Max. Hearing what you said helped me understand what you’ve been through and how you have approached your recovery. I had tears in my eyes – your life seemed so unreal – but the sad part is that it’s true: and as Max said…the past does not define who you are now. You were joined on the show by Kathy Lee Parker and I’m not sure if she is a psychologist, but she has also written a book on this subject. I enjoyed the conversation you and she had with Max.

Leslie: Oh yes…thank you, I’m so glad you listened. If others would like to listen, they can go to (http://www.latalkradio.com/Max.php) that is Max & Friends page. Scroll to the bottom of that page and find a schedule of shows to replay. It was a wonderful experience, an encouraging experience to say the least.

Barb:   Oh, great.  Thank you for adding that.  I hope many of you will listen to the show.  As a matter of fact…..Leslie is here to tell us about the book she has written and soon to be published. The title of her book is “FLASHBACKS IN POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER: SURVIVING THROUGH THE FLOOD.”  Leslie, what prompted you to author a book about such a complex subject?

Leslie: I am a survivor of severe childhood neglect, physical and emotional abuse, rape and molestation. I have PTSD, Conversion and Somatization Disorders. Unknown to me at the time, I was suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Conversion and Somatization disorders for 11 years. It didn’t affect me until I was 23 years old when I began having panic attacks. It took a lot of time away from my family, personal happiness, ruined my health and personal power while keeping my abusers’ secrets safe. When I started to receive therapy and my repressed memories started to surface with the help of EMDR and Brainspotting therapy. It became overwhelming because instead of memories slowly surfacing the memories surfaced too fast which my therapist called flooding. So my book started out as a coping skill of journaling my feelings during and after panic attacks and trigger episodes, and also after each therapy session. I decided why let others suffer through it while being fearful of what is happening to them. So I decided to change the format into a book and made that my focus throughout my therapy. I made it my personal mission to help others so they don’t have to go through the emergency stages of healing alone.

Barb: Have any of your responders offered help and advice to you as you reach out to victims? How would you know what to do first with such speedy results of people responding to your blog and website?

Leslie: Oh yes, Blair Corbett, Executive Director for the Ark of Hope (http://www2.children.org) invited me to become a Facilitator for the Justice for All Revolution (justiceforallrevolution.com ). The website has 19 live chat rooms for victims of rape, molestation, addicts, mental illness, child and adult abuse and more. If you go to the website, and select Team, Facilitators, you will see my photo and my profile to read about my story.

Barb:  Oh, Leslie…I’m not quite sure what to respond ….you’ve had terrible upheaval in your childhood. How did you become aware of the possibility that you were suffering from PTSD?

Thank you for dropping by today.  Please return again tomorrow for the second episode in my interview with Leslie Raddatz.  She will be explaining more about somatization and conversion disorders.
Have a Blessed Day,
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POSTED TO LESLIE’S WEBSITE:  www.silencednolonger.com     
USA– Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Florida, Oregon, Massachusetts, Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Maryland, Texas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Virginia, Tennessee, New York, Ohio, Arkansas, Washington, Maine, Arizona, New Jersey, Utah, Montana, Nevada, Minnesota, Alabama, North Dakota and Iowa, Mexico. Canada, Brazil, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Europe -Iceland, Russia, UK, Australia- Australia, Asia-Iran, India, Philippines, Hong Kong, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Africa– Kenya, Nigeria
POSTED TO LESLIE’S BLOG:  www.silencednolonger.blogspot.com 
United States, Russia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Malaysia, France, Italy, Ukraine, Brazil, Romania, Ireland, Japan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Pakistan, Jamaica, Netherlands, China, Spain, Uganda, Mexico, Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates, India, Kenya, and Latvia, Oman, Nigeria, Thailand, Georgia, Australia, Poland, Indonesia, Columbia, Switzerland, Portugal, Sweden, Philippines, South America
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