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Healing Thru Service

Healing Thru Service by SGT Q: Author Interview, Tour, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit.

About the Book

Book:  Healing Thru Service

Author: SGT Q

Genre:  Nonfiction

Release Date: April 22, 2020

In this new war, the battlefield of the mind, hope would become my new ammunition, and the mission field would be the centerpiece of my new battlefield.

A proud Marine since right out of high school, Aaron Quinonez (Sgt Q) was trained to fight the enemy and was prepared for war. When he volunteered for a combat tour in Iraq, little did he know his real battle would be fought in his mind. After eight years of military service, Sgt Q suffered from depression, anger, and panic attacks and was diagnosed with PTSD. He nearly ended his own life in the parking lot of a church, where later he was redeemed by Jesus Christ, who gave him a new life.

Sgt Q traded the battlefield for the mission field and found healing and purpose through building homes and churches, feeding children, and supplying precious hope to struggling communities worldwide. God then called him to form QMissions, a pathway for veterans—Sgt Q’s fellow warfighters—to replace the battle scars of their minds with the joy of serving. In Healing thru Service, you’ll find:

  • personal recons—Sgt Q’s anecdotes and adventures
  • scientific research on recovering from PTSD and using hope to create new, positive triggers
  • the award-winning step-by-step process of healing through mission service, leading to a life of gratitude, fulfillment, and purpose

Although originally aimed at struggling veterans, this book also offers help for anyone in crisis and may be your ticket to a more fulfilled life.

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About the Author

Aaron Quinonez (Sgt Q) gave eight honorable years to the US Marine Corps. After volunteering for a combat tour in Iraq in 2003, he was diagnosed with PTSD and contemplated suicide, until Jesus Christ rescued him and gave him a new life and a new purpose. Today he heads QMissions (Qmissions.org), restoring hope and purpose to struggling veterans through mission service. In 2017 Sgt Q was named Seattle’s Hometown Hero. He’s married to Holly, who cofounded QMissions and serves as its director of development.

More from Sgt Q

I am excited to release my first book, Healing thru Service, a Warrior’s guidebook to overcoming trauma. My sincere hope is that this book will lead you on a path of healing and restoration. That the lessons within will help you to to lead a more fulfilled life free from your past. God has been so gracious with me as He led me through this process as I am sure He will be with you as well. Each chapter is structured so that I mentor you through the process building one concept on top of another until we get to the final chapter where you will be challenged to put the things you have learned into practice.


What do you owe the real people whom your characters are based on?

All the characters in this book are real people their real experiences that I have had and I think I owe a lot to the leaders that I’ve had in my life especially in the military because it in truly appreciate everything that they were teaching me until now when I’m trying to teach other people and so I was a very motivated marine and  And most often my motivation outweighed my skill set and ability so I made a lot of mistakes but the most encouraging thing that my leaders would say to me when I would make those mistakes is good initiative badd judgment how are you gonna make it better next time so they never beat me up for making decisions that were poor they always encouraged me to stay motivated and make better decisions so I take that with me wherever I go now and I tried to steal that same value into other young leaders

Have you ever had problems with anyone who feels you’ve written about them?

I would say not yet because this is my 1st book but we will see as this is published in the gets out there in the community people may have some negative things to say and if they do great they can write a book about it

What is the most difficult scene you’ve ever written?

A lot of the book comes out of my personal journals from my time on the mission field my time struggling with mental health a lot of my journals I write when I’m in the midst of a panic attack or dealing with something crucial deal mental health and so those are the most difficult things to write because a lot of times my brain isn’t functioning as it should normally in so not just writing those is difficult but then when I have to reveal those to people in the book like these are my most inner thoughts it’s pretty intimidating to know that’s going to be out there for millions of people to read

How does writing non-fiction affect you personally?

You know because it is non fiction because it is stories from my personal life there’s always that fear that people are going to judge me or use this stuff against me so IS after member that I wrote this because this is what God told me to do and I just have to honor that and let God take care of the rest

Are there books you want to write, but can’t (for one reason or another)?

I’m writing another book right now it’s going to be 50P TSD hacks or 50 tips on how to overcome posttraumatic stress or deal with anxiety something like that haven’t decided the actual title yet but it will be written in the same format as this book where there will be structure to it open with a personal story I will give this and typical evidence behind it I will give the scripture practical application and conclusion and so these will be tips like how I deal of P TSD EI go fishing and sauce right on that subject or listening to music or going on vacation or all these other ideas that I’ve used to manage P TSD

How do you deal with the emotional impact of writing a book?

Writing has been very therapeutic for me not just this book so rain this book was pretty much already written over the last 10 years because the majority of this came from my Bible studies my personal journals that I had already written the stories in the contacts in the ideas were already there I just had to put him into a format that other people could understand so writing has been very theory pubic

What do you like to read?/What books are on your nightstand at the moment?

I really enjoyed John Maxwell books on leadership there’s a book called fathered by God which was really good when I started my ministry I read a book called in a pit with a lion on a snowy day by mark batterson phenomenal book and it really prepared me for ministry because a I don’t know if I would have been emotionally prepared if I hadn’t read that book but right now I’m reading the dichotomy of leadership I just started that I just finished the 1st book which is called extreme ownership it’s written by a couple of navy seals and they talk about applying military battle tactics to be successful in business and that’s what I’ve really done in my business already and in my ministry and in mentoring other veterans is teaching them how to apply their military mindset to their everyday life and find success

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I really loved to fish so I go on mission all over the world and I build churches and schools and orphanages and I always pack a fishing Pole with me with a little but a tackle because I loved a fish I’ve been hither the fish all over the world in Haiti and Honduras Mexico Cambodia Kenya Malawi and South Africa all over the world I been able to fish so is been pretty amazing II would have never had those opportunities if I hadn’t been following God and gone into ministry is as he called me IAI would have never had those opportunities so I’m really blessed to be able to do that

What is your favorite thing about writing non-fiction?

I like nonfiction because it’s real world stories about real people and I don’t have to create a narrative or really create a story all I have to do is close my eyes and just tell the story that I see in my mind’s eye so I’m not creating a story I’m just telling one that I’m are that have experienced that I am seeing

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To celebrate his tour, Sgt Q is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of the book. free access to the online curriculum, and an opportunity to join Q Missions on a mission in 2021!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



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