Written by Sherry Barron
Illustrated by Nick Adducci
Cru Military introduces Book 1 of 3 for children whose families are experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress. My Hero’s Home!! is a coloring book for K-3rd grade children, which tells the story of Cody and Carrie as they discover how and why combat trauma is affecting their family. Explore how God brings the answers to healing, better family relationships, and a brighter future for families struggling through combat trauma. Included are activities for children to personalize their story, learn about and contribute to a positive atmosphere in their home. Parent’s pages, with helpful information for Mom or Dad, open up opportunities for the parent to talk their child about what is happening in their home.
This is Book One in a series of children’s books produced by Cru Military. The second book, Helping My Hero!! is for 4th-6th 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 Home, by Chris and Rahnella Adsit and Marshéle Carter Waddell, which is a workbook for wives of combat veterans dealing with PTSD or TBI.
“How does one explain combat trauma to small children whose hearts are already hurting? My Hero’s Home! is an inviting, easy-to-use tool full of stories, cartoons, activities, and more, all designed to gently guide and encourage young children whose parents may have combat trauma. Invaluable.”
~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)
“I love this book! It is really so much more than a coloring book. The activities and guidelines are easy to follow and implement. Biblically-based activities and fun printables help children communicate feelings in a safe and positive way.”
~ Karen Frandsen, Karen’s Kids Studios
“An amazing tool for knitting the hearts of Moms and Dads with their children during post-deployment hard times!”
~ Tim Burke, Special Forces, Retired
“This looks just like Daddy!”
~ Anthony, 8-year-old son of combat veteran with PTSD, looking at a picture in the book of a raging dad.
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 Me. 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 healing.
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: BangarangAnimation.com