by Jason Sautel
Publish Date September 1, 2020
by Thomas Nelson
About the book
He helped save people every day—but he had no idea how to save himself.
Jason Sautel had it all. Confident in his abilities and trusted by his fellow firefighters, he was making a name for himself on the streets of Oakland, California. His adrenaline-fueled job even helped him forget the pain of his childhood—until the day he looked into the eyes of a jumper on the Bay Bridge and came face to face with a darkness he knew would take him down as well.
In the following months, a series of traumatic emergency calls—some successful, others impossible-to-forget failures—drove Jason deeper into depression. Even as he continued his lifesaving work, he realized he could never rescue everyone, and he had no idea how to save himself.
In the end, Jason was forced to confront the truth: only the relentless power of love could pull him back from his own deadly fall. Action-packed, spiritually honest, and surprisingly romantic, The Rescuer transports readers inside the pulse-pounding world of firefighting and into the heart of a man who needed to be broken before he could finally be made whole.
You all know I am a health care professional and I have automatically been drawn to any books or stories that deal with the topic, so it was a no brainer that I would want to read THE RESCUER by Jason Sautel.
Being a memoir of sorts (with names and dates changed to protect the innocent) written in the first person, you are going to immediately feel like you are right there with Jason, on the calls, the rides, in the homes of burning fires and the aftermath of gunfights, and it feels SO REAL. You are inside Jason’s head the entire time, not only seeing what he is seeing, but feeling his emotions and perceiving his senses. This book is an open doorway into what it is like to be a first line responder. But thats not all it’s about.
This book is about the responder himself, Jason, and the personal internal battles and demons he had to constantly fight and suppress on a daily basis to continue to do his job. We never really take into consideration that these heroes get up and go into these unknown circumstances every single day actually have personal lives that they are dealing with outside of work. Jason tells us about what he is battling internally as he goes to work every day, and how he needs rescued himself, but is unsure on how to do it. Eventually, as he progresses into darkness, he is forced to confront the monster inside in order to save himself.
This book resonated with me on a personal level. There is a wall we build up as health care professionals in order to be able to continue every single day, to not let the tragedies and fatalities we see, hear, and smell affect our every day life. It’s a fine line. Jason shares that in this book, he shows you the lows we hit when we go home from work every day, and he shares the restorative path he found in order to make himself whole again. It’s a stunning debut, heartfelt and emotional. Once you pick it up you won’t put it down until finished, and no matter what you do for a living, it is also an inspirational read to get on the path of rescuing yourself. Cause right now we all could use a little bit of relief.
I just would like to thank Jason Sautel, TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson Publishing for the gifted copy of this book for my unbiased and honest opinion for review.
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