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A true story of hope and courage in the face of astonishing challenges During his fourth deployment, US Marine Corps Sergeant Carlos Evans stepped on an IED--and the loss of both legs and his left hand was just the beginning of the struggle for his life. For the next two years, he and his wife, Rosemarie, went through the rehabilitation process together. As a nurse and mothe A true story of hope and courage in the face of astonishing challenges During his fourth deployment, US Marine Corps Sergeant Carlos Evans stepped on an IED--and the loss of both legs and his left hand was just the beginning of the struggle for his life. For the next two years, he and his wife, Rosemarie, went through the rehabilitation process together. As a nurse and mother of two young children, Rosemarie was used to caring for people, but the task of taking care of her triple-amputee husband brought new challenges every day. In addition to his limb loss, Carlos faced PTSD and developed an addiction to painkillers. He was sure Rosemarie's life would be better without him--and that it might have been better if he hadn't survived at all. But unlike the majority of marriages put under similar strain, Carlos and Rosemarie stayed together. With the help of family, friends, and--most importantly--a strong faith, they've built a solid marriage and discovered a ministry they never expected. By the hand of God, their story, which began in devastation, has turned into one that draws in and lifts up more people than either of them would ever have dreamed. Not only will disabled veterans and their loved ones find help here, Carlos and Rosemarie's captivating journey also speaks to those who long for stronger marriages, care for loved ones with disabilities, or are facing a new normal in their own lives, small or large. It is a powerful resource for leaning on God in the midst of life's great difficulties--and for finding ways that, through faith, profound loss can bring incredible blessing.


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A true story of hope and courage in the face of astonishing challenges During his fourth deployment, US Marine Corps Sergeant Carlos Evans stepped on an IED--and the loss of both legs and his left hand was just the beginning of the struggle for his life. For the next two years, he and his wife, Rosemarie, went through the rehabilitation process together. As a nurse and mothe A true story of hope and courage in the face of astonishing challenges During his fourth deployment, US Marine Corps Sergeant Carlos Evans stepped on an IED--and the loss of both legs and his left hand was just the beginning of the struggle for his life. For the next two years, he and his wife, Rosemarie, went through the rehabilitation process together. As a nurse and mother of two young children, Rosemarie was used to caring for people, but the task of taking care of her triple-amputee husband brought new challenges every day. In addition to his limb loss, Carlos faced PTSD and developed an addiction to painkillers. He was sure Rosemarie's life would be better without him--and that it might have been better if he hadn't survived at all. But unlike the majority of marriages put under similar strain, Carlos and Rosemarie stayed together. With the help of family, friends, and--most importantly--a strong faith, they've built a solid marriage and discovered a ministry they never expected. By the hand of God, their story, which began in devastation, has turned into one that draws in and lifts up more people than either of them would ever have dreamed. Not only will disabled veterans and their loved ones find help here, Carlos and Rosemarie's captivating journey also speaks to those who long for stronger marriages, care for loved ones with disabilities, or are facing a new normal in their own lives, small or large. It is a powerful resource for leaning on God in the midst of life's great difficulties--and for finding ways that, through faith, profound loss can bring incredible blessing.

34 review for Standing Together: The Inspirational Story of a Wounded Warrior and Enduring Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    A heads up about this book: it is a gripping and emotional read. I've always been very pro-military, and am one who believes our country needs to do more and better for our vets. Stories like this emphasize that need. The authors did a great job on writing their story, and they pull no punches. Mrs Evans gives a very honest look into how much her life changed and what she went through as the spouse of a severely injured vet addicted to painkillers and having PTSD. Mr. Evans gives a gritty and al A heads up about this book: it is a gripping and emotional read. I've always been very pro-military, and am one who believes our country needs to do more and better for our vets. Stories like this emphasize that need. The authors did a great job on writing their story, and they pull no punches. Mrs Evans gives a very honest look into how much her life changed and what she went through as the spouse of a severely injured vet addicted to painkillers and having PTSD. Mr. Evans gives a gritty and all too realistic view of what life is like when deployed, and the emotions and despair when a soldier goes through what he went through. The book is an easy read in style, but not such an easy read in content. Yet the Evans' story is amazing and shows the hand of God throughout all they faced and went through. It is encouraging, and gave me an even greater appreciation for our military and what they do and go through. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Beardsley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First, I want to thank Carlos and Rosemarie for putting their story out there. With our current study, “Women Who Fear the Lord”, Rosemarie is definatly belongs to that group. Not only did she have to deal with the truma of Carlos’ injuries, she struggled with being a wife and support to him and a mother to their two girls. Carlos like many of our warriors, especially those that are wounded, suffered from PTSD and became addicted to the pain medication. Q: You were an experienced nurse and had tr First, I want to thank Carlos and Rosemarie for putting their story out there. With our current study, “Women Who Fear the Lord”, Rosemarie is definatly belongs to that group. Not only did she have to deal with the truma of Carlos’ injuries, she struggled with being a wife and support to him and a mother to their two girls. Carlos like many of our warriors, especially those that are wounded, suffered from PTSD and became addicted to the pain medication. Q: You were an experienced nurse and had training in trauma life support, but were you truly prepared to care for Carlos when he arrived home? How did you manage taking care of Carlos and your two young daughters? Rosemarie: As a nurse, I had the knowledge of what should I expect to see when I met Carlos at the hospital. An intubated patient connected to a mechanical ventilator with drainages and monitors. However, at that point I had a different role. I was the wife of an injured husband. Being a nurse helped me understand procedures and prognosis, but I felt the same uncertainty, desperation, sadness and helplessness any other family member feels when a love one is going through a difficult time. I wasn’t completely prepared because it was an unexpected situation. Before leaving to go to Afghanistan, Carlos and I talked about what should I expect if I saw the Marines at the front door (that he had died in combat), but we never talked about him coming back home seriously injured. We didn’t expect that and weren’t aware of how many service members were injured in the war. When I stepped into Bethesda Hospital, it was eye opening to see how many wounded service members came back and how many families were affected. When I first went to Bethesda, I traveled without my daughters in order to focus on my husband. Our daughters were four years old and five months old at the time. My mom took care of them in Puerto Rico at first, but as the weeks passed by, I was desperate to see my daughters. I felt conflicted between my two roles as a wife and a mom. I asked two friends in North Carolina (where we were stationed) to take care of my daughters there. That way they could bring my daughters to the hospital, or I could travel from Washington, D.C. to North Carolina to see them. When the doctor told me the recovery process could take two years, we started to make plans for how we could all be together. There were four women who were the key to finding us a place to stay and be able to travel daily to the hospital for treatments. We had to start early, at 5:30 in the morning, to have our older daughter ready for school, the younger for childcare, and Carlos ready for treatments. We started new routines, but we also had family members that stayed with us and helped. However, we wanted to learn how to do it as a family of four. It was hard sometimes, but God helped us through. Q: Many marriages have crumbled under the weight of trials less life-altering than what the two of you went through, however, you’ve come out the other side stronger. Can you share some of the decisions you made along the way to fight for your marriage? Rosemarie: There were many difficult decisions made during that period. First, we needed to prioritize roles. There were times a decision left me feeling unsatisfied, but we had to focus on what was needed in the moment. We always tried to make decisions together. It didn’t matter that Carlos was injured, we consulted each other on every decision. Carlos was injured, but he was still the head of the family. We encouraged each other. When Carlos felt ready to give up, I encouraged him. When I was feeling defeated, Carlos encouraged me. Overall, the most important thing was to pray for guidance. In this situation, we understood we were not self-sufficient. We needed God to give us the strength to continue every day. Q: What advice would you give to someone who may not be seeking help for their depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or even addiction? Carlos: Trying to help someone that is not actively seeking help is very challenging. It could be the person has not recognized that he or she has a problem. In my situation, I had people who confronted me, showing me that my actions were hurting me and the people who loved me. My personal advice would be do not push away the people in your life that care about and help you. Also, believe the best days of your life are not behind you, but ahead of you. I would say to somebody in that situation you are not the only person facing PTSD or addiction, so look for a professional or a support group. They can share examples of how they have faced similar situations. Q: What were some of the ways you saw God working in your recovery? Carlos: In the beginning, my questions were, “Where is God? and “Why me?” During my recovery, I understood God has always been there, taking care of me. He was with my Marines when I stepped on the IED. He was with my wife and daughters, giving them strength so they could comfort me. God was with the doctors, nurses, family, friends and many strangers who have become family. I saw God was making me a better father, husband and person. Each time we shared our story with someone, I saw God using my recovery for good. Q: You say, “Standing has nothing to do with having feet.” What do you mean by that? Carlos: In my life, standing is living God’s purpose in my life. Also, serving in my community, being a father and husband, and leading by example means standing in my life. My daughter, Nairoby, taught me a lesson about standing. She was five years old and playing and running all over the apartment. She told me, “Now you run Papi, you run Papi!” I told her I wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t run right now. I didn’t have the legs to be able to. I went to my room crying, and Rosemarie asked me why. I told her why, and she replied, “Don’t you see that she doesn’t see what you can’t do? She looks at you as Papi.” That’s what it means to stand. Q: Where can people learn more about Touching Lives Leaving Footprints and C.R. Evans Ministries? Carlos: You can go to CREvans.org as well as on Facebook (CR Evans), Instagram (@crevans923) and Twitter (@crevans923). Check out their testimony on CBN. https://youtu.be/GTATisdXbSU Carlos, Thanks for your service and the reminder who we are is not based on what we can do but who we is based on what we do with the life we have been given by God. Follow this link to enter a chance to win a copy of “Standing Together” SHARE THIS:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    On May 15, 2010, Carlos and Rosemarie's marriage changed forever when Carlos, a U.S. Marine squad leader on his fourth deployment (3 Iraq, 1 Afghanistan) stepped on an IED. Following days in Germany to save his life, Carlos is transferred back to the states and Rosemarie, who had been visiting her in-laws in Puerto Rico, joins him. Together the young couple, childhood friends who'd grown in love for each other and for God, must face that Carlos was now a triple amputee. Days of pain, hallucinatio On May 15, 2010, Carlos and Rosemarie's marriage changed forever when Carlos, a U.S. Marine squad leader on his fourth deployment (3 Iraq, 1 Afghanistan) stepped on an IED. Following days in Germany to save his life, Carlos is transferred back to the states and Rosemarie, who had been visiting her in-laws in Puerto Rico, joins him. Together the young couple, childhood friends who'd grown in love for each other and for God, must face that Carlos was now a triple amputee. Days of pain, hallucinations and depression follow. Rosemarie agonizes over her separation from their two young daughters, but knows her place is with Carlos. Carlos feels helpless when Rosemarie takes on all the family responsibilities. Even as Carlos begins to heal and adjusts to prosthesis, Rosemarie, a nurse herself, recognizes his growing dependence on pain meds. In the long days, that turn into months of healing, therapy, gains and set backs, the couple rediscovers God's love and peace and a new purpose for their lives. If you pick up this powerful read, you'll learn about programs like Operation Homefront, the nonprofit which provided the couple with an apartment during his two years of therapy; Disabled Sports USA, who taught Carlos to ski; and Operation Coming Home, who built a home to meet Carlos's needs. You'll see God's hand at work through the actions of family, pastors, and nurses. For example, Carlos's head nurse at Bethseda was also a pastor and ALSO had come from the same Puerto Rican village as the couple. His care went way beyond dispensing pills and monitoring wounds. Then there was the thoughtful, loving way nurse Lorraine taught Carlos's 4 year old daughter to help "heal" her Papi's wounds so he would get better. As little Nairoby works to change his dressings, Carlos realizes that his family had accepted his new body and that he should never "be embarrassed or apologize for [his] legless body again. Since his injury, Carlos Evans has become a minister with the Assemblies of God USA, a Wounded Warrior spokesman, and a motivational speaker. I highly recommend this powerful story of courage and love. I received a copy from the publisher and Audra Reads. All opinions are mine.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ike

    US Marine Corps Sergeant Carlos Evans is on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan when steps he steps on an IED. In the ensuing explosion his life is forever changed. Among his traumatic injuries he lost both legs and one hand. With many this might have been the end of the story or the beginning of a downward spiral leading to suicide, as is the case for way to many of our nation’s veterans. This is a story of overcoming the harsh reality of being a triple amputee, about having lost your career as US Marine Corps Sergeant Carlos Evans is on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan when steps he steps on an IED. In the ensuing explosion his life is forever changed. Among his traumatic injuries he lost both legs and one hand. With many this might have been the end of the story or the beginning of a downward spiral leading to suicide, as is the case for way to many of our nation’s veterans. This is a story of overcoming the harsh reality of being a triple amputee, about having lost your career as a Marine, having lost your ability to do for yourself, being able to support a wife and two beautiful daughters, and lastly about losing your own identity. With the strength, determination and support of his wife, Rosemarie, they begin two long years of rehabilitation. Along the way they struggle through many issues like his prescription drug addiction, and others, only to find that life is worth living, but more importantly how their belief in Christ and following his will is their true purpose in life—giving hope to others. As Carlos says, “Standing has nothing to do with feet. Standing is being in God’s will.” And, “Before I had two hands—and did a lot of things—but, with one hand, I’m doing more things. Touching more people. I’m leaving a bigger mark, because I’m doing it with my heart. When you do something with your heart, and do it in God’s will, following God’s purpose, whatever looks impossible, it’s possible.” I met Sgt. Evans at a ministry event last fall (Aug 2019) and had the privilege of speaking with him about his life and now worldwide ministry. I found him to be ‘sold out’ to serving God, his family, and to helping veterans and their families overcome life’s difficulties. Definitely a good resource book that will assist disabled veterans, their spouses, and their family members find help. Lastly, it is a good read as an inspirational book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Farr

    As a military spouse, I am always hesitant to read accounts of other military stories, especially if my husband is TDY or deployed. For you nonmilitary it may sound silly, but military books, movies, and magazines can just be too much. It just makes me nervous and jittery about his assignment even if it is local. This is why you may be as surprised as I was to be reviewing a book about a Marine injured on his fourth deployment. And yet on our PCS across the country this year I found myself readin As a military spouse, I am always hesitant to read accounts of other military stories, especially if my husband is TDY or deployed. For you nonmilitary it may sound silly, but military books, movies, and magazines can just be too much. It just makes me nervous and jittery about his assignment even if it is local. This is why you may be as surprised as I was to be reviewing a book about a Marine injured on his fourth deployment. And yet on our PCS across the country this year I found myself reading Standing Together by Carlos R. and Rosemarie Evans from Kregel Publications. I have to say that I enjoyed this book a great deal. Sargent Evens and his wife Rosemarie are truly incredible people. They are honest and don't pull any punches about the challenges. I also LOVE how heavily they lean on the Lord and give Him the glory for everything that they have survived and accomplished. Fair warning, the chapter about their house absolutely brought me to tears. I give Standing Together a solid A+. This book is so encouraging. I don't think there is a group that wouldn't benefit from reading Standing Together. I would recommend it for any military wife group especially. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Hill

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated and all opinions are 100 percent mine. First of all, this is a story of a miraculous family that God has used mightily. Carlos and Rosemarie share authentically from each perspective as they had to navigate one of the most unimaginable things a marriage could ever go through. Because of wounded warriors like Carlos, the general public is more aware of what is really going on with families of wounde I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated and all opinions are 100 percent mine. First of all, this is a story of a miraculous family that God has used mightily. Carlos and Rosemarie share authentically from each perspective as they had to navigate one of the most unimaginable things a marriage could ever go through. Because of wounded warriors like Carlos, the general public is more aware of what is really going on with families of wounded servicemen and their families. Thankfully, this couple has used every piece of their story to give glory to God. They do not sugarcoat anything. We get the raw story with everything from PTSD to addiction to embarrassment to victory. I so appreciate their willingness to share every step of their journey. If you are looking for a true story to inspire you and encourage you no matter where you are in your walk with the Lord (or even if you have not made that vital step of faith as of yet), this is a book for you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This is an amazing story told well. Carlos and Rosemarie honestly share their struggles, doubts and victories. Rosemarie shares her struggle of wanting to be with Carlos during recovery yet having to be away from her daughters. Carlos shares his struggle of trying to understand who he would be after becoming a triple amputee. There was also the issue of addiction to the pain killers and the miracle of God's intervention. This is a very good book for readers who want to understand how wounded vete This is an amazing story told well. Carlos and Rosemarie honestly share their struggles, doubts and victories. Rosemarie shares her struggle of wanting to be with Carlos during recovery yet having to be away from her daughters. Carlos shares his struggle of trying to understand who he would be after becoming a triple amputee. There was also the issue of addiction to the pain killers and the miracle of God's intervention. This is a very good book for readers who want to understand how wounded veterans survive tragedy and make lives for themselves. The importance of their faith comes through loud and clear. Be prepared to read about the tough times when setbacks challenged their courage and faith. Be encouraged to read about the ministries coming alongside, helping Carlos and his family thrive again. I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Read With Audra. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Connie Altomare

    If you need motivated or inspired; If you feel life has given you a lemon; then, you need to read "Standing Together" by Carlos and Rosemarie Evans. Carlos joined the marines to serve our country and on his fourth deployment he stepped on an IED losing both legs and his left arm. Even though Carlos is a Christian, there were times during his recovery when he became angry and depressed. Rosemarie, also a Christian, had her faith tested during Carlos's recovery but she stayed by his side through t If you need motivated or inspired; If you feel life has given you a lemon; then, you need to read "Standing Together" by Carlos and Rosemarie Evans. Carlos joined the marines to serve our country and on his fourth deployment he stepped on an IED losing both legs and his left arm. Even though Carlos is a Christian, there were times during his recovery when he became angry and depressed. Rosemarie, also a Christian, had her faith tested during Carlos's recovery but she stayed by his side through thick and thin. This story allows the reader to experience what it is like to serve in the military and come back injured. The ups and downs. The sadness and the joy. But mostly how God used this experience to strengthen the Evans marriage while creating a new vocation for Carlos. It was a blessing for me to read this book to learn more about what wounded warriors experience. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Read with Audra.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Life can change in an instant. That is exactly what happened to Carlos Evans when he lost his legs and his left hand when he stepped on an explosive device while serving in Afghanistan. At home, his wife, Rosemarie, and two young daughters anxiously awaited his return, only to get news that no family ever wants to hear. Standing Together is a story of perseverance, courage, and faith in God. It tells the story of how Carlos rebuilt his life in the midst of suffering and challenges far beyond what Life can change in an instant. That is exactly what happened to Carlos Evans when he lost his legs and his left hand when he stepped on an explosive device while serving in Afghanistan. At home, his wife, Rosemarie, and two young daughters anxiously awaited his return, only to get news that no family ever wants to hear. Standing Together is a story of perseverance, courage, and faith in God. It tells the story of how Carlos rebuilt his life in the midst of suffering and challenges far beyond what the average person experiences in a lifetime. It is also a love story between Carlos and Rosemarie, and how they both rose above these issues to not only survive, but thrive and help others in the process. Be prepared to be both encouraged and convicted when reading this book! I received a copy of this book through the Read with Audra blogging program. All opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Connie Carpenter

    *Disclaimer - you will need to have a box of tissues handy for when you read this book -- you will laugh, cry and be inspired* I have my Masters in Military History. This story intrigued me and made me want to read this. You will meet a couple that have been to hell and back. Carlos and Rosemarie. Carlos on his 4th deployment comes across an IED that will forever change their lives. Most marriages crumble at such a life changing event - but not this couple they overcame great obstacles to get whe *Disclaimer - you will need to have a box of tissues handy for when you read this book -- you will laugh, cry and be inspired* I have my Masters in Military History. This story intrigued me and made me want to read this. You will meet a couple that have been to hell and back. Carlos and Rosemarie. Carlos on his 4th deployment comes across an IED that will forever change their lives. Most marriages crumble at such a life changing event - but not this couple they overcame great obstacles to get where they are. One of the things that I loved about this book - is how they are candid they are about what they have gone through - and the Glory to God. Carlos has come such a long way - and Rosemarie has not left his side. This is a book that is so inspriational and so heartwarming. I received acopy of this book through the Read with Audra blogging program -- all thoughts are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    "Standing Together" is a story unlike many others. While reading, I often asked myself what I would do in the authors' shoes -- with no answer as of yet. It seems to be one of those situations where you don't know your response until it happens. I found the Evanses' story -- the actual events -- compelling and moving. The writing, unfortunately, felt less so to me; it emphasized the passive voice and told more than showed. Its style came across as telling me, the reader, how I should feel too (ra "Standing Together" is a story unlike many others. While reading, I often asked myself what I would do in the authors' shoes -- with no answer as of yet. It seems to be one of those situations where you don't know your response until it happens. I found the Evanses' story -- the actual events -- compelling and moving. The writing, unfortunately, felt less so to me; it emphasized the passive voice and told more than showed. Its style came across as telling me, the reader, how I should feel too (rather than letting me react organically). A few comments were also TMI (for me). A worthwhile read for the events, and thought provoking in prompting me to think about my own potential response, but less so as a writing-style example. I received a copy of the book from Audra Jennings PR / I Read With Audra. All opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    When we’re young we dream of marriage as being a bed of roses (without thorns). When we marry we learn that all marriages have their ups and downs. The reality of a wounded warrior’s marriage is that it has many more difficulties than most. Carlos and Rosemarie Evans find that out the hard way. Their story lets us in on all that. It’s a very inspirational story. Many of these special marriages end in divorce, but the Evans family didn’t go that route. They are a very admirable, faith filled couple When we’re young we dream of marriage as being a bed of roses (without thorns). When we marry we learn that all marriages have their ups and downs. The reality of a wounded warrior’s marriage is that it has many more difficulties than most. Carlos and Rosemarie Evans find that out the hard way. Their story lets us in on all that. It’s a very inspirational story. Many of these special marriages end in divorce, but the Evans family didn’t go that route. They are a very admirable, faith filled couple. My brother served in the ER at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. I will be sending him a copy of this book. Even as an ER nurse myself, I never realized just what all he had to deal with when he was stationed there. It’s been a privilege to read this book. Thank you Carlos, Rosemarie and Mr. Murphy. ***Book provided without charge by Audra Jennings PR.***

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cermele

    What a powerful and inspirational story the authors share with us as they write of the horrors of the devastating injuries, Carlos suffered when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan. The long rcovery in the hospital along with how it effected this young family is both heartbreaking and heartwarming as they are overwhelmed with the outpouring support they receive through family, friends and others they meet throughout their ordeal. This was a hard journey they embarked upon but through their strong What a powerful and inspirational story the authors share with us as they write of the horrors of the devastating injuries, Carlos suffered when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan. The long rcovery in the hospital along with how it effected this young family is both heartbreaking and heartwarming as they are overwhelmed with the outpouring support they receive through family, friends and others they meet throughout their ordeal. This was a hard journey they embarked upon but through their strong belief and with lot of strenght they were able to live their new normal lives to the fullest. I shed a few tears as I read their story and celebrated each of their victories both big and small. Most of all, I enjoyed getting to know this wonderful family and think those who read this book will, too. Highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Read with Audra book tours. All opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janice Sisemore

    Standing together A true story of courage. Carlos lost his legs and left hand when stepped on a IED during the war. The story is about his recovery, and then how he lives today. Also how it affected his wife. When something like that happens it affects the whole family, especially his wife. There is lot for her to deal with the kids to care also. After he got back to the states she stayed with him at the hospital. Definitely a very inspiring story. I recommend for everyone to read it. I received Standing together A true story of courage. Carlos lost his legs and left hand when stepped on a IED during the war. The story is about his recovery, and then how he lives today. Also how it affected his wife. When something like that happens it affects the whole family, especially his wife. There is lot for her to deal with the kids to care also. After he got back to the states she stayed with him at the hospital. Definitely a very inspiring story. I recommend for everyone to read it. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the read with Audra book tours. This review is my own opinion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Suzy Parish

    Carlos and Rosemarie Evans bring refreshing transparency in the telling of their struggles after Carlos is wounded in battle. The challenges they faced seem insurmountable. Carlos and Rosemarie related memories of the dark times but balanced them with the unfailing hope of Jesus Christ. This book reminded me of the way David crafted the Psalms. He was honest about his struggles but always ended a Psalm with his trust in the Lord. The stories of Carlos participating in races using his handcycle a Carlos and Rosemarie Evans bring refreshing transparency in the telling of their struggles after Carlos is wounded in battle. The challenges they faced seem insurmountable. Carlos and Rosemarie related memories of the dark times but balanced them with the unfailing hope of Jesus Christ. This book reminded me of the way David crafted the Psalms. He was honest about his struggles but always ended a Psalm with his trust in the Lord. The stories of Carlos participating in races using his handcycle are breathtaking and encouraging, while the community coming together offers hope that there are still kind and giving people in this world. I highly recommend this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    S.K.

    his husband-wife memoir really moved me. Carlos Evans was a Marine in Afghanistan who lost his legs and left hand when he stepped on an IED. He and his wife detail all that came after, and a beautiful redemption story leading to the creation of their ministry, without getting too heavy or forcing the readers to take on the pain they carry during those early days. I did cry and tear up a few times anyway, but I still felt hope rather than despair throughout the book and I am also very interested his husband-wife memoir really moved me. Carlos Evans was a Marine in Afghanistan who lost his legs and left hand when he stepped on an IED. He and his wife detail all that came after, and a beautiful redemption story leading to the creation of their ministry, without getting too heavy or forcing the readers to take on the pain they carry during those early days. I did cry and tear up a few times anyway, but I still felt hope rather than despair throughout the book and I am also very interested in the charities that helped them throughout their ordeal

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ifeoma Samuel

    Is your marriage worth fight for? Can God breathe hope over a seemingly dead marriage? I love the testimony of Carlos and Rosemarie Evans I know God will use this book to bring hope to marriages. Are you tired of fighting alone? Have you been fighting your way? It is time to try out God’s way. It is high time you handed your fights over to God. This battle is won on the knees and with the Word. Pick up your copy of Standing Together. It is worth your reading time.

  18. 4 out of 5

    April Kidwell

    This was a hard book to read--because of the subject matter. Also, his perspective read more like a military report and didn't connect with me as a reader. But what kept coming back to me is it is very honest, raw and difficult look at real struggles. There is a message of hope that will appeal to many readers. This was a hard book to read--because of the subject matter. Also, his perspective read more like a military report and didn't connect with me as a reader. But what kept coming back to me is it is very honest, raw and difficult look at real struggles. There is a message of hope that will appeal to many readers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Dennis

    This is a good book about how Carlos and his wife struggled through the depression, difficulties and obstacles they faced after Carlos returned from war. As always, God proved Himself faithful.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julieann

    The inspirational story of a wounded warrior and enduring love. Inspiring

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Standing Together: The Inspirational Story of a Wounded Warrior is a fabulous read. It tells the true story of Carlos R Evans and how he was injured while serving as a United States Marine Corps while on deployment. He becomes a triple amputee and he tells about his fight for survival, his struggles with faith and healing, and how he was able to overcome. His wife, Rosemarie, describes how she found out about his injuries. She tells her own struggles of keeping it together for him, their family Standing Together: The Inspirational Story of a Wounded Warrior is a fabulous read. It tells the true story of Carlos R Evans and how he was injured while serving as a United States Marine Corps while on deployment. He becomes a triple amputee and he tells about his fight for survival, his struggles with faith and healing, and how he was able to overcome. His wife, Rosemarie, describes how she found out about his injuries. She tells her own struggles of keeping it together for him, their family and for herself. Standing Together is a captivating story of hope and faith. It is so powerful to read. So many readers would find inspiration within its pages. Especially, those who have known someone who has or have taken care of someone who are disabled, serving in the military or suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I highly recommend Standing Together and a giving it five plus stars. It is a must read. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    My Review: When I heard about this book I was anxious to read it. My son is a Veteran. He too has PTSD. His tours in Iraq were in the beginning years of the war. Help for Veterans were limited to prescriptions to help with depression and anxiety. The support groups were limited to older Veterans in attendance. A younger Veteran often felt uncomfortable sharing with older Veterans. Counseling was not available unless you had cash to pay the bill. I’m thankful for progress in helping Veterans. I’m t My Review: When I heard about this book I was anxious to read it. My son is a Veteran. He too has PTSD. His tours in Iraq were in the beginning years of the war. Help for Veterans were limited to prescriptions to help with depression and anxiety. The support groups were limited to older Veterans in attendance. A younger Veteran often felt uncomfortable sharing with older Veterans. Counseling was not available unless you had cash to pay the bill. I’m thankful for progress in helping Veterans. I’m thankful for Veterans like Carlos R. Evans who write books and speak publicly about their experiences and the help that’s available. Several reason led me to give Standing Together an excellent rating: •The couple both share their stories. As a result, Standing Together helps Veterans and their spouses or loved ones. •Carlos Evans is transparent and honest about his feelings post injury. •Their story gives insight to the process of how the family finds out about an injury or death. Most of the civilian population is not aware of the process. •PTSD is explained not so much in words but in sharing the symptoms that Carlos has endured. For example: nightmares and hallucinations. •Carlos and Rosemarie explain their Christian belief. How they came to believe in Jesus Christ. They share points when their faith seemed small and about to disappear. Through their story and words I see how their faith grows. •Their marriage is a strong witness. All married couples go through hard times. Not all people experience what they have, but they persevered and stayed together. •And going a little further on the previous point. Standing Together is an inspirational story. They inspire all people to serve one another in love, compassion, and mercy! Source: I received a complimentary copy from Kregel, but was not required to leave a positive review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy DeLuca

  30. 5 out of 5

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  31. 5 out of 5

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  32. 4 out of 5

    Faith

  33. 5 out of 5

    Anusha

  34. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Laboy

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