SHADOWS COME AT MIDNIGHT - From PTSD to Purpose
At seventeen, Ross MacInnes stole a car. At nineteen, he was sworn in as a member of the esteemed Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At twenty, he was a drunk. And by his thirtieth year of public police service, he was a commander in the organized crime division of a major urban force, haunted by trauma. Shadows Come at Midnight is his story.
MacInnes graduated from the RCMP Training Center in Regina and was on his first posting, a patrol area west of the Edmonton city limits, when his partner, Donald Pearson, was murdered on a call. MacInnes responded with alcohol, consigning sorrow and guilt to the most secret parts of his psyche. Within three years he quit the RCMP to bounce around in jobs that tested his tremendous appetite for risk. At last, determined to confront his demons, he returned as a police officer with the Calgary Police Department, a posting that exposed him to more tragedy, anguish, and unimaginable sorrow.
It took MacInnes years to understand the price he’d paid for a career filled with murder, assault, grievance, and injustice, and to realize that certain injuries heal, but that occupational stress and so-called moral injury—increasing among first responders and the military—can only be managed, never mended. This is not a self-help book, but a story of a journey through suffering to a life lived with purpose and joy.
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The horse named Caddie knows he can't be the leader of the herd. Stocky, powerful and stubborn, he watches leaders come and go on the Triple R Ranch, but he will never be in their shoes.
A stirring and unique story told from the eyes of a horse, this compelling book explores the intriguing dynamics of daily ranch life from the animals' perspective, while giving us glimmers of wisdom and insight into our lives as humans as well. With vivid detail of the sweeping landscapes and twists, turns and dramatic scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat, you will cheer on this cast of misfit horses until the very last page.
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When a compassionate judge gives an angry and troubled young man the choice between going to a mysterious horse ranch in the western Rockies or going to jail, the choice seems obvious But when he arrives with his parents at an old hunting lodge on Lake Sandoza, they soon realize this isn't like any place they've been to before. Torn apart by frustration and bitterness after years of trying to control their wayward son, the parents are at their wits' end. Under the guidance of their patient and intriguing hosts, the family must open their hearts, challenge their beliefs and push themselves to change in ways they never thought they could. Set against a backdrop of vast and stunning landscapes, The Other Side of Here shows us that even when we are in our deepest despair, sometimes the kindness of complete strangers can be our salvation.
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