I would like to take a second to say “Thank you” to all of you who have liked and shared this page. At the end of 2020, I was not even thinking about writing a book or being published. Since April of 2021, I have spent time reading people’s stories about a call they were on or an event in their life that affected them severely. I’ve tried so hard to be an advocate for mental health awareness in my quest to never hear about somebody I know taking their own life again. This book has gotten into so many hands and seemingly has touched so many lives. To all of you who sat down with a physical book in your hand or on you electronic device reading the Kindle version, my hat is off to you. For most of my adult life I would not be caught sitting and reading any books. I didn’t know that there were books out there with so many powerful messages. I was forced throughout school to read books I cared nothing about. Now here I am published.
Today marks another milestone in the journey I have been on. After another 3 months of work, I am now releasing The Double-Edged Sword on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon as an audiobook. You will be able to download the book to your phone and listen in the car or in your ear buds. One thing that I still struggle with is hearing the sound of my own voice. I don’t like it. So I decided not to punish anybody with my voice. I have spent months working with Robert Wardell, a professional narrator who has produced several big name audiobooks. The voice he brings to the story made it a no-brainer to select him. He is very talented, and I am humbled to work with such a great narrator.
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Have you ever felt like you don’t fit the mold? Like doors open for others are closed to you? Have you abused substances? Were you a child watching a parent or both abuse substances or behave in ways that made you feel unworthy?
I shared reviews of this movie over the weekend. It is so moving that Kelsey Grammer, the lead actor, cannot get through an interview about it. I just watched this trailer again before sending it to some friends who I would love to go see it with. I didn’t make it through the trailer without crying.
This movie is something special, like I’ve never seen before. It’s one thing to cry at a tear-jerk date night movie, but this is so much more. The empowerment, the devastation, the joy, the Spirit. It’s all there, and it is so so powerful. I have not been to the theater to watch a movie in a very long time, but I felt called to be there Friday night.
Here we are 3 days later, and I didn’t just watch a movie. I experienced something so much bigger, and I am hoping that you will too. Regardless where you think you stand with Jesus, give this movie a shot.
Thank you Sassy Reviews for your recent review of my book:
“The Double-Edged Sword” written by the author Christopher Turnbull is a must read. In this book, the author who is an experienced paramedic has shared his experiences in the emergency services. Paramedics have a career of saving strangers. They are expected to make things better for others but what happens when the caregiver needs care? Who is there for the paramedics at that time? The author has mentioned about the first time he saw a child die. After that event, he wanted a listening ear so he could get it off his chest but he realized that he was alone in his feelings. The author has also shared his experience when he was the first time in charge of pronouncing a child. He mentioned the importance of having a solid support structure in the life of paramedics to back them in times of need. Christopher has also mentioned about the supervisors who care when the paramedics struggle. I like to recommend this book to everyone, especially the new paramedics. Before reading this book, the thought never came to my mind that the caregivers may also need care. This book has opened my eyes to the challenges the paramedics face. The author has advised the paramedics to check on their co-workers and provide them the support they may need. It is one of the best books that I have read. After reading this book, I am inspired to be more kind and caring. A well written book
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Recent review by Emilee Jackson, book critic: “Medical professionals especially EMS providers (or paramedics) play a significant role in preserving lives. But they are barely acknowledged for their selfless efforts. And sometimes the fact, that even they are just simple humans like us, slips out of our minds. Even they go through periods of stress and personal struggles and it works like ‘The Double-Edged Sword’ by Christopher Turnbull that brings these problems to light.
The author, being an inherent part of this circle, has tried to bring out the lessons that he has learned in the field, over the twenty years of his career. He urges his fellow EMS workers to look after each other, not just on the field, but also on a more personal level. He even touches on topics like their home life, mental issues and struggles as well. The book opens up with the author stating how he was influenced by his father’s occupation and saw that as a way of helping people. What follows is a detailed description of how he finally entered the medical profession. We also come across the religious leanings of the author which, with age, reduced considerably, but eventually that bond was reforged stronger than ever. This is showcased by the importance the author lays on God throughout the work. Thus, it is a compilation of events that have shaped the author as a man, be it professionally, personally or religiously. The work is not filled with just philosophical advice but contains proper technical ways through which paramedics can lead a happier life.
Having read the work, I can confidently say that what engaged my attention was the fact that the narrative is intimate and heartfelt; and is coloured with several autobiographical streaks, as the author himself has been through these incidents in his life as an EMS provider. Even the language of the narrative is conversational and heartfelt and aids in building up intimacy. Highly recommended!”
36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[e] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. –Luke 2:36-38
This time of year it can be really easy to become Grinchy. Somebody says the wrong thing to you, work deals you a bad hand of cards, loss of a loved one, whatever it is. In the above story, Anna waited in one place her whole life as a widow for the Messiah to show up. Day and night it says she waited and worshipped. She was only married 7 years before he died. I guess you could say she had a right to bed Grinchy, but she worshipped instead.
It has been a while since I have posted and might continue to be until I post again, but I wanted to take a second to say that this time of year can be very painful for many people. I don’t pretend to know your story, but I do see you. Keep your chin up, and reach out when you need to. God gives us winter so we can appreciate Spring. I appreciate all of you, especially my first responder family across the world. Happy Holidays!! Chris
Well, I have been putting this off for days hoping that it wasn’t real, but here we are. Melinda Fultz, where do I even begin? We met when I was still in high school, but your impact didn’t start until years later. Steven and I were chasing people away all evening after the plane crashed. They wanted to get up close and personal. Steven and I just wanted pizza, you pulled through. Little did I know then that a few years later we would be working together as EMTs. Hard to believe we both survived it. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the amount of times you wanted to slap me for something. But then on the flipside, you were my bad influence in the first place. I’ll never forget the long drives up to Sunbury or out to Lancaster together to stand on the sidelines for the roller derby girls. But then we wouldn’t have had so many teams to stand by for if it wasn’t for all your hard work and dedication. Oh yeah, Pam thought I needed to be broken out of my shell, so she thought it would be hilarious to send me to that first bout. I have no idea how after all of the shenanigans Shannon thought it was a good idea to make me Kayden’s godfather, let alone have me at her side for the C section. I guess through it all, no matter how much time passed between seeing each other, we always had each other’s back. Wow have I failed. I took for granted so many opportunities to come see you before and even after your stroke. I remember the night we went to a viewing together for the guy that got hit in front of our station. If I was going, you were going. It was the mom in you that you showed me so many times. I’ll miss your stories, food recommendations, cooking, humor, and just the person you were. You truly were one of a kind. I just wish I would have showed it better. I just want you to know that your efforts and impact never went unnoticed. I love you. Rest easy.
I just want to show you something here. I wrote a book covering a lot of issues faced in EMS. The book also covers my journey to find a #churchfamily and be baptized. God gave me the message. I put it into circulation. A year and a half later it is still sitting in the top 100 Men’s Christian Living books. It is in the top 30 EMS kindle books. Top 160 overall EMS books on Amazon. When you glorify His name, he rewards you. Maybe not the way you expect but rather in the way He sees fit for you. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0924NDQ3J