William J Picking publishes ‘They Called Me "Preacher"’

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Gripping new memoir shares author’s life-changing experience facing realities, horror of war in Vietnam

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In his powerful, emotion-stirring, poignant new book, “They Called Me "Preacher"” (published by Xlibris), author William J Picking tells the story of the Vietnam War in the year 1967 as experienced by an idealistic and patriotic California teen who comes face to face with the realities and horrors of war while trying to encourage his buddies and share his Christian faith.

This story starts in sunny southern California where a patriotic teenage boy felt led to enlist as a Marine grunt to serve his God and his country. The combat he experienced in 1967 is chronicled in detail as he recounts his experiences and how they changed him into a war-hardened Marine who still battles with his memories and his post-traumatic stress every day. His faith was shaken as he came home to discover the world had changed, but so had he. Seen and unseen wounds altered his perspective on life but compelled him to share what he had learned during such a crucial time of his life.

“Our young people are still volunteering to serve their country in war. Unfortunately, they come home with many unseen wounds that their families and loved ones have difficulty understanding and dealing with,” the author explains. “The reader will gain a new perspective of all warriors; their new view will be filtered through the lens of how anxiety, fear, adrenalin, terror, death and trauma forever alter the person within.”

Through this compelling and eye-opening book, author Picking hopes to provide readers with a new appreciation for the veteran population. This is one man’s account of a war of thousands of men experienced, changing their lives as it shook them to the very core.

“They Called Me "Preacher"”
By William J Picking
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 156 pages | ISBN 9781499068214
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 156 pages | ISBN 9781499068245
E-Book | 156 pages | ISBN 9781499068252
Available at Xlibris, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
William Picking has retired from the military after over 40 years of service in multiple venues. He volunteered as a Marine grunt in Vietnam and after many years as an Army officer, continues to help veterans of all ages. In spite of multiple physical limitations, he has an earned doctorate with special emphasis on PTSD and counseling. He encourages veterans and their families by example, offering them resources to help them cope with everyday life and the pitfalls of living with war trauma. He lives in Lynchburg, Virginia with his wife Bonnie and their nearby grandchildren.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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