Retired United Methodist minister Dr. Robert Collie and his wife Annelie of Fort Wayne, Ind., have written an intriguing 159-page book titled The Apostle Paul and Post Traumatic Stress: From Woundedness to Wholeness. Robert’s insights as the director of Samaritan Counseling Centers in Northeast Indiana and Annelie’s insights as a clinical social worker come together in this interesting analysis of the Apostle Paul’s conversion story from a Jewish leader pursuing Christ’s followers to a leader of the early church as an example of post-traumatic stress. The authors describe their book as an interdisciplinary study utilizing both religion and psychology with perceptions grounded in personal experience.

Combatants returning from the wars in the Middle East aren’t the only ones suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Philosophy professor Michael Spath at Indiana University-Purdue University For Wayne says “the book’s key insight is the recognition that Paul’s theological enterprise arises out of key personal ‘traumas’ including his presence at Stephen’s stoning, his ‘Damascus Road’ experience, and his various imprisonments. This is a must-read book for pastors, therapists, students of the Bible and those who believe that the church’s message has the power to address remendous pressures and stressors of contemporary society.”

Joan Coslow, a retired mental health counselor says “the authors weave the stories of Paul, Stephen, Jesus and other biblical figures into a narration of hope.”

The Apostle Paul and Post Traumatic Stress: From Woundedness to Wholeness was published by Fairway Press of Lima, Ohio.

For more information about the book, e-mail the authors at collierm29@msn.com. For more information from the authors on post-traumatic stress, visit http://theapostlepaulandposttraumaticstress.blogspot.com.