A Guide for Young Readers Whose Parents May Have Combat Trauma
Written by Sherry Barron
Illustrated by Nick Adducci
Helping My Hero!!
is an early-reader book for 4th-6th grade children,
whose parent may have combat trauma. This book tells the story of two
military families and their experiences dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder. Christ-centered solutions are presented for the issues the
families face. The book contains explanations of many of the issues and
terminology the children encounter. Scripture verses are highlighted which
help the child with the issue addressed in each chapter. "Discovery" items
and "Positive Activities" provide suggestions for taking action. And each
chapter ends with a prayer by one of the main characters and his or her
promise for action.
This is book two in a series of children's books produced by Cru Military, a
division of Cru. The first book, My Hero's Home!!
is for K-3rd grade
children, and the third book, My Hero Hurts!!
is for teenagers. All the
books follow the same structure used in the book When War Comes
, by Chris and Rahnella Adsit and Marshéle Carter Waddell, which is
a workbook for wives of combat veterans dealing with PTSD or TBI.
“With storytelling, guided journaling, and creatively formatted instruction,
Helping My Hero!! is a wonderful tool that meets a desperate need. Kids
whose parents may have combat trauma no longer need slip through the
cracks of our care.
” ~Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed: Daily
Encouragement for Military Wives and co-author of The 5 Love Languages
Military Edition (with Dr. Gary Chapman)
“Battle Ready!! The war cry for many a parent preparing to deploy can now
be applied to any child who is also facing a parent’s deployment or return
from combat. Helping My Hero!! Is an outstanding book that provides a
unique blend of story, facts, practical tools and activities to help 4th-6th
Grade children understand what PTSD is and how it affects their parents
and families. Along with the practical tools and activities, Sherry Barron
provides children biblical answers to deal with their emotions resulting
from the secondary effects that PTSD can have on them. This is a must
read for children whose parent is deploying or has returned home from
” ~ Stephen Duke, Lt Col USMC (Retired)
“Love, love, love this great activity book which explains to kids on their
level about the struggles of PTSD within a family. The bonus is the
empowerment of Scripture to give hope in times of sadness and loneliness.
This book gives them a voice.
” ~ Shannon Morell, Military Prevention
Sherry Barron is a Team Leader for Cru Military San Diego. She and her
husband Doug, reside in Oceanside, CA. They have served with Cru
ministry for over twenty years. Sherry is the author of Go Ahead Shoot
. Her previous teaching experience has given her a passion to help
children and families. She loves to empower others to use their talents and
abilities and hopes these books will engage whole families to a place of
Nick Adducci is an animator and storyteller who has worked with ministries
like Cru as well as commercial vendors. He currently resides in Louisville,
KY, with his wife, Jessica. Check out his other work at:
ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-9863630-1-6