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Author: Jay Kopelman Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781400178759
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Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman won the hearts of readers with his moving story of adopting an abandoned puppy named Lava in a hellish corner of Iraq. For this Marine and his comrades, the puppy served as an important emotional touchstone in a grim and seemingly endless war.

Kopelman now writes about what it's like to be home. He credits his canine best friend with finding his wife—in the park, Lava began playing with her dog and the two owners met—and for keeping him sane as he readjusted. With the same intelligence and insight he showed in From Baghdad, With Love, Kopelman sets forth more than a dozen lessons, including: Life can change in an instant, but you'll be able to handle it; passion for something can help you tap into your most powerful reserve of energy; have a standard operating procedure for everything; and never forget who you are or how you got here. Active and retired troops, soldiers' friends and families, and everyone who has ever loved a dog will embrace this book. Download and start listening now!

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  • [Narrator Christopher Lane] portray[s] to perfection an ex-Marine whose writing admits to anger, hostility, and personality damage resulting from his combat experiences. AudioFile
  • “An inspiring story, one that will connect even with readers allergic to ‘life lessons.‘”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janine | 2/11/2014

    " At first I had expected more about Lava, but when you take into account that it says right in the title "Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava," I realized the book was more about what Jay has learned from the experience of helping Lava overcome his own PTSD. I think it's a great way to show our military men and women that there is no shame in asking for help and seeking therapy. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to that knows how to listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 1/25/2014

    " Interesting follow up with what happened with Lava and his American owner...lot of anguish and rantings in this sequel but that may be how the author/dog owner is trying to show how ptsd is affecting him and Lava and how it can be confusing for all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/6/2014

    " Could have been a great story. Unfortunately as he writes this memoir he uses such bad language I couldn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/23/2013

    " I thought this book was going to be about Lava once he got to America, well it really wasn't. 98% of the book was how the writer was dealing with life after war. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Birdie | 12/13/2013

    " Just met Jay - what a sweetie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 12/6/2013

    " Jay leads on the continuing journey of himself and Lava. Lava has changed his life as well as Jau has changed Lava's life. I hope Veterans read his books and rech out to the help that is available to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 benebean | 11/15/2013

    " not as good as the first one but it still made me laugh and cry all at the same time. It was all at once serious, lighthearted, warm and heartbreaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 10/31/2013

    " I liked his first book the best, but this gives real insight into military people coming home, and how PTSD affects them. It is a very good book, and had me laughing and crying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 3/28/2013

    " Excellent book. I recommend that anyone connected with the military (mom, dad, brother, sister, etc.) and the servicemembers themselves read this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline115 | 9/18/2012

    " Not as good as the first book. Skipped pages as I wanted to read about Lava only ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 4/9/2012

    " Lava was rescued by Jay Kopelman from the war in Iraq. Lava suffers from PTSD it was a moving story brought tears to my eyes several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/26/2012

    " I just didn't find it to be as interesting as his first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krazykat | 12/20/2011

    " love-a lava! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 12/4/2011

    " Wonderful story about compantionship and love! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arika | 11/11/2011

    " insightful - I read it for a newsletter, but gained more from the book than I thought...a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 10/3/2011

    " It was good, I like Kopelmans writing style but first one was much better, not sure I recommend the second unless u r military or have close experience w/ someone deployed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/12/2011

    " I just didn't find it to be as interesting as his first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/10/2010

    " It was good, I like Kopelmans writing style but first one was much better, not sure I recommend the second unless u r military or have close experience w/ someone deployed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 6/16/2009

    " Wonderful story about compantionship and love! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 5/5/2009

    " Excellent book. I recommend that anyone connected with the military (mom, dad, brother, sister, etc.) and the servicemembers themselves read this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/12/2009

    " I thought this book was going to be about Lava once he got to America, well it really wasn't. 98% of the book was how the writer was dealing with life after war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arika | 1/17/2009

    " insightful - I read it for a newsletter, but gained more from the book than I thought...a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline115 | 12/29/2008

    " Not as good as the first book. Skipped pages as I wanted to read about Lava only ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Birdie | 7/12/2008

    " Just met Jay - what a sweetie! "

About the Author

Jay Kopelman is a former lieutenant colonel in the US Marine Corps. He lives in La Jolla, California, with his wife and their two children, Cheddar the cat, and, last but not least, two dogs: Koda and, yes, Lava.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He has been awarded the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration several times and has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards.