Flash Point: A Firefighter's Journey Through Ptsd


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$17.95  $16.69
She Writes Press
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5.43 X 8.43 X 0.94 inches | 0.84 pounds

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About the Author

Christy Warren is a retired fire captain from the Berkeley Fire Department in California. She has twenty-five years of service as a professional paramedic and eighteen years as a professional firefighter/paramedic. After being diagnosed with PTSD in 2014, she retired from the fire service; since then, she has become a triathlete, completed the Escape from Alcatraz swim five times, and earned a bachelor's degree in business from Washington State University. She is a volunteer Peer at the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat and hosts the podcast The Firefighter Deconstructed. She lives in Pleasant Hill with her wife, Lisa, and dog, Harriet.


"Despite focusing on harrowing subjects, Warren maintains an approachable style that has an endearing buoyancy . . . The result is a well-balanced, courageously candid memoir that moves toward a note of hope, reassuring others that the grip of PTSD need not last forever. An honest, informative, emotionally stirring memoir."
--Kirkus Reviews

"[Flash Point is] an intriguing and at times harrowing memoir. . . . Warren has created a paean to the difficult work done by all first responders. It's eye-opening, even awe-inspiring."
--The Indypendent

"Flash Point is essential reading. We depend on first responders who are willing to race to a crisis and put themselves in the path of danger. It's time for us to tell the truth about the immense toll this career can take on a mind and body. I commend Warren for her deeply principled authenticity in this beautiful, heartbreaking, honest, laugh-out-loud funny, and ultimately triumphant memoir."
--Julie Barton, New York Times best-selling author of Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

"Flash Point is a book for all of us. What author Christy Warren has captured is every human's struggle to feel safe, secure, attached, and connected. This is a life-saving book with the understanding that we must take care of ourselves along the way. Warren expertly outlines how she worked through many of her struggles and realistically writes to her failures along her journey even while trying to heal. Her journey is many of ours--her recovery can also be ours."
--Tom Satterly, retired CSM Delta Force, and author of All Secure: A Special Operations Soldier's Fight to Survive on the Battlefield and the Homefront

"Christy Warren's powerful memoir of her struggle with PTSD is both heartbreaking and inspiring. It's a must-read for first responders and the clinicians who help them heal."
--Ellen Kirschman, PhD, public safety psychologist and the author of I Love a Fire Fighter, I Love a Cop, and co-author of Counseling Cops

"Christy Warren brings her incredible heart and psychological wisdom to this page-turner of a book. She engages with topics that most people would find too scary to even approach, and dives into them without fear of what she might find. What emerges from her efforts is a memoir about bravery, vulnerability, and the complexities of surviving complicated lives. This book is a gift for first responders everywhere, for the communities who support them, and for humanity at large. It is a must-read for anyone striving to become a better person."
--Maya Shankar, cognitive scientist and host of the podcast A Slight Change of Plans

"A tough and emotional read but a must-read. Christy dives deep into her life's journey of trauma and, more importantly, her healing and ultimate recovery. I cried and I laughed and I can honestly say this book has helped me dig into my never ending healing process. If you need inspiration, Christy nails it. Thanks for helping me with my journey Christy."
--Clint Malarchuk, former NHL goaltender and author of A Matter of Inches

"Christy captures the constant exposure to exigent calls a firefighter faces. Over time it takes a toll on our brains."
--Sig Wallen, San Francisco Fire Department