Trauma is usually thought of as dramatic events such as sexual assault, domestic violence, combat, school shootings or childhood abuse. More commonly, but no less devastating, trauma is caused by events like divorce, the death of a spouse, a miscarriage, or getting laid off from a job.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought two years of unexpected trauma to millions of people through prolonged sickness, sudden job loss, financial crisis, loss of loved ones, or relapse into substance abuse.

The aftereffects--depression, anxiety, addiction, panic attacks, insomnia, and more--can affect people for years or even a lifetime. The pandemic sparked a 25 percent increase in anxiety and depression worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

So where do we go from here? Is there hope?

Drawing on cutting-edge research, Triumph over Trauma: Find Healing and Wholeness from Past Pain, by Dr. Gregory Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center, A Place of Hope, empowers readers to find practical tools for lasting relief and hope.

“In this book, we’ll take a hard look at a hard topic, and we’ll explore how trauma shakes the foundation of your life. More important, we’ll discuss how you can begin to pick up the pieces and move toward healing,” writes Jantz.

Traumatic experiences happen to nearly everyone, at some time, in some form. Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all solution, this whole-person treatment approach recognizes individuals as a unique constellation of emotional, physical, intellectual, relational, and spiritual dimensions.

With clarity and compassion, Dr. Jantz explains how trauma affects our emotions, body, brain, relationships, soul, and dreams for the future. Then he outlines how to create a customized plan for readers to find their way back to wholeness, joy, and contentment.