News & Reviews: Survivor’s Obligation

Survivor's Obligation: Navigating an Intentional Life by Chris Stricklin and Joel Neeb, Elva Resa PublishingSurvivor’s Obligation: Navigating an Intentional Life by Chris Stricklin and Joel Neeb shares two powerful, personal stories of survival that will inspire you to make the most of each day!

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The Epoch Times: Two Air Force Veterans Help Each Other Heal and Live an Intentional Life by Andrew Thomas
While the book discusses their respective traumas, the two try to convey that everyone has their own traumas and that everyone can learn from them and grow. The book also discusses the lessons they’ve learned, and features the major themes of growth, giving, and gratitude. …

“The compass only works when you have a destination, and having those guiding principles is so critical to defining where you’re going, and that meaning that we’ve discovered again and again is central to happiness in life,” Neeb said.

Fox WXXV-25 interview with Chris Stricklin:

Stricklin says if that day in 2003 taught him anything, “You don’t have to survive an unsurvivable ejection or be diagnosed with unsurvivable cancer. We’ve all experienced trauma in our  life, and how we deal with it, who we deal with it with—our spouses, our children, our community—is what makes us who we are. And we need to open up and talk about it because ultimately we are all survivors.”

Hillary Simon interviews Chris Stricklin on CBS42:

“We think our situations can help others grow in their own trauma. Because it’s not about ejecting from an aircraft or having unsurvivable cancer, it’s about dealing with your own trauma that you’re going through every day. And that’s how we challenge people to live every day to its fullest. We call it living intentionally.”—coauthor Chris Stricklin

PRNewswire Book Announcement
Through their near-death experiences, the coauthors reveal how these fellow fighter pilots with aviator call signs “Elroy” (Chris R Stricklin) and “Thor” (Joel Neeb) helped each other heal with a new outlook on life. Their book encourages readers “to be more, do more, and live more” with a “challenge to live every day intentionally to the fullest.”

JetLinx feature: Today is the Tomorrow I Almost Lost 
To explore such a traumatic event, to analyze it and write about it, takes courage and patience. “The book is not about why I crashed. It’s about why I survived and how that has impacted my life. I have constantly asked not how I survived, but why,” Stricklin noted. Within the book there is an entire chapter dedicated to asking why. … “We both had the same question: ‘why did we get a tomorrow when nobody else did’? We talked about it for a year and decided to coauthor a book about it.”

Survivor’s Obligation was born from the conviction that instead of feeling remorse for living through their traumatic experiences, Stricklin and Neeb both feel obligated to make their survival meaningful to others, and the book contains the lessons that each learned through their experiences.


“This book will definitely change your perspective. … A must read!”
—Susan Hendricks, anchor, CNN Headline News / Weekend Express

“The power of this book lies in two incredible personal stories of survival. When life changes in an instant, we learn quickly what we are made of. These stories remind us that appreciating every day is a choice. Taking ‘survivor’s guilt’ and turning it into ‘survivor’s obligation’ is a wonderful way to describe the gratitude and sense of mission that can follow trauma. This book is for anyone traveling the unpredictable path of life.”
—Lee Woodruff, coauthor of The New York Times bestseller In an Instant

“It has been years since I’ve been so captivated by a book ~ simply could not put it down! Chris & Joel teach life-changing messages through their dramatic and powerful stories. Trust me now, understand me later ~ you need to read this book!”
—James C. Hunter, international bestselling author of The Servant

Survivor’s Obligation is the poignant account of two Air Force officers who somehow survive the unsurvivable. Compelling and raw, the book teaches us that we can overcome emotional and physical trauma by choosing to focus on gratitude, growth, and giving for the future. Everyone needs inspiration. Survivor’s Obligation delivers!”
—Deborah Lee James, 23rd Secretary of the Air Force, and author of Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success

“Most of us discover we are mortal when it’s too late, but Survivor’s Obligation offers this wisdom right now. To do as the Zen masters advise—to die before you die so you can truly live—you must read this book.”
—Fred Kofman, leadership development advisor at Google and author of Conscious Business and The Meaning Revolution

“Far too many today are simply surviving their lives. Hearing from true survivors should inspire all of us to thrive with a life of purpose and intentionality—without a life threatening experience as Joel and Chris have had. Thank you for opening bare your life and struggles for us to all be challenged and encouraged by. Joel, let’s climb another mountain together.”
—Pat Gelsinger, CEO VMware, author of The Juggling Act, and founder Transforming the Bay with Christ

“Wonderful book! You don’t want to miss it. It’s very, very inspiring.”
—Blanquita Cullum, host of The Hard Question on WCGO, Chicago