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After growing up hearing stories of service from his grandfather and uncles, Brian Mancini joined the military two weeks after he got out of high school. Six months into his second tour in Baghdad, Brian was hit by a roadside bomb and medically discharged after nearly 13 years of service. He's on the mend from his physical injuries but still struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that affects one in every five military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Watch as Jonas Elrod meets Brian, and hear more of his story.
Jonas Elrod says we are all on a spiritual path, whether we know it or not. On every spiritual journey, he says, there are three basic stages: breakdown, breakthrough and integration. Watch as he explains what these stages mean and what we can learn from them.
After he was seriously wounded in Baghdad, Brian Mancini was medically discharged from the Army, battled post-traumatic stress disorder and also got divorced. One night, he found himself with a loaded .45-caliber pistol and overwhelmed with emotion. Watch as Brian opens up about that night and what pulled him through.
Brian Mancini is an Army veteran who battles post-traumatic stress disorder after having served in Baghdad. To help with his emotional recovery, he's turned to equine therapy, a practice that uses specially trained horses to help improve a person's physical and emotional states. Watch what happens when Brian enters the ring with two horses.
Army veteran Brian Mancini has been using equine therapy to help him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. Now, he's taking the next step in an exercise called therapeutic riding. Watch what happens when Brian gets on a horse for the first time. Plus, see how Brian's doing today and get Jonas Elrod's thoughts on his time with Brian.
After growing up hearing stories of service from his grandfather and uncles, Brian Mancini joined the Army two weeks after he got out of high school. Six months into his second tour in Baghdad, Brian was hit by a roadside bomb and medically discharged after nearly 13 years of service. He's on the mend from his physical injuries but still struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. Watch as Brian opens up about why returning to Baghdad after the incident helped him find some answers. Plus, Brian explains why he's truly blessed.
On 'In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod,' the filmmaker travels to Arizona to talk with Brian Mancini, an Army veteran who was seriously wounded in Baghdad, about his spiritual, emotional and physical healing. One way Brian, who now battles post-traumatic stress disorder, finds peace is by fly-fishing. Catch a ride with Jonas to the lake and find out why he says Brian has great company in spiritual fishermen.
The novel that became the second Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection would never have been written without, as author Ayana Mathis puts it, an "ugly cry crisis moment." Watch as Ayana explains how a difficult time at the acclaimed University of Iowa Writers' Workshop helped birth The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.
Oprah says that while reading The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, she found herself waking up in the middle of the night wondering what the characters of the book were doing, as if they were real people! So how did author Ayana Mathis create souls for each of her characters? Watch as Ayana explains her process and reveals whether she or the characters themselves decide their fates.
The titular character in Ayana Mathis' debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, takes on a life of her own. Find out why Ayana modeled parts of Hattie Shepherd's character after her grandmother. Plus, Ayana explains why Hattie breaks the stereotypes of what a strong woman should be.
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