Book Recommendations by GFD CPT Schulgen

Last week, during our visits from IAFF, Captain James David Schulgen of Garland Fire Department suggested that we may want to read these two books. These will give you a unique insight into how we act-out and bring the problems home.

Fully Involved: A Guide For Being In A Relationship With A Firefighter by Mynda Ohs PhD

About the book: Everyone interested in the fire world will want to read it. Chapters that cover subjects from parenting to fire camp to talking about final wishes, while serious about the subject matter, are also entertaining, with titles like “What You Don’t See Is What You Get” and “Talk Isn’t Cheap Unless You Make It That Way.” A popular speaker with fire departments and a respected crisis therapist who has counseled first responders on the scene at tragedies including the Las Vegas Shooting and the Montecito Mudslides, Mynda has written a book offering both personal and professional insights and inspiration.

Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by Eric Greitens

In his book, Greitens covers many topics, meant to help his friend recover and heal including happiness, identity, philosophy, pain, freedom, and death.[5] In discussing happiness, Greitens says to Walker, “When I was in Iraq, we knew that our work was saving the lives of American marines. We woke up every day to live a life that mattered. When you come home from war, all of that — the adrenaline, the love, the purpose, the pursuit, the calling — vanishes. The happiness of excellence, of personal endeavor, is gone.”[6] Greitens repeatedly mentions the importance of purpose in attaining happiness and flourishing.[7] In another letter to his friend, Greitens writes about pain, stressing the difference between physical pain and emotional pain, and pain we seek and pain that seeks us. He offers the following advice on pain: “To work through pain is not to make it disappear, but to make it mean something different for us — to turn it into wisdom.” Greitens also gives advice on the notion of freedom, telling Walker that he should “give yourself the freedom to live a life that’s balanced — not like a seesaw but like a beautiful work of art.”

These books are just suggestions to help us understand that the thing that affects us affect our family and friends around us.

If you have a suggestion or a book please let us know so we can post!