PTSD Survivor Discusses Spiritual Recovery in New Book

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Philip A. Bralich pens memoir about his experiences in West Africa and his fight against PTSD after losing his wife and the use of his leg.

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Oftentimes, post traumatic stress disorder is attributed to soldiers in the military who had experienced terrible circumstances throughout their tours of duty. PTSD however can be experienced by anyone, not just soldiers, who may have endured awful situations. For author Philip A. Bralich, it spurred from his time in West Africa as a Peace Corps member, a time he details in his new book Blaming Japhy Rider: Memoir of a Dharma Bum Who Survived (published by Balboa Press).

Inspired by and responding to Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums, this memoir details Bralich’s psychological and spiritual triumph over severe psychological difficulties caused by a series of traumas he endured in the Peace Corps in West Africa in 1978.

Surveying the spiritual landscape of America through the ‘70s to the present in Zen, Tibetan Buddhist, New Age and Christian movements, this memoir describes the journey of my life beginning as a 20-something, leftist, married, ‘70s idealist in the Peace Corps in West Africa through an accident which cost his wife her life and him much of the use of his left leg.

“Unlike much of Kerouac, this book is grounded in wide reading, wide practice and training in the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist disciplines, and an adherence to academic principals of reporting and describing phenomenon,” explains Bralich.

Those who suffer from PTSD, or just have spiritual interests are sure to find Blaming Japhy Rider both revealing and helpful.

About the Author

Philip A. Bralich has a Ph.D. in linguistics. He spent many years teaching ESL and essay and research writing. He has much experience presenting at professional conferences and publications in theoretical syntax, ESL, and computational linguistics, as well as with professional business presentations, business writing, and grant writing. He is motivated by the tragic accident that took his wife’s life and much of the use of his left leg. Bralich lives in Monterey, California, where he is writing screenplays and this memoir.

Balboa Press, a division Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, Inc., authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.


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