- Title: A Dance Amongst The Flames: A Young Foreign-Born Mom’s Journey from
Terrorist Attack and US Government Victimization to Triumph over Severe PTSD
- Author: Yasemin B Pressley
- Genre: Religion, Spirituality
- Length: 247 pages
- Publication Date: November 29, 2019
A Dance Amongst The Flames – Synopsis
When a single moment of senseless violence derails a family’s life.
A true and touching story of love, unimaginable struggles, and faith following the terrorist attack on the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.
Yasemin, a young Muslim Turkish girl, falls in love with a handsome American named Frank in Ankara, Turkey. They get married and have two beautiful children. It is the perfect life – a wonderful family, good friends, security, and meaningful jobs with the U.S. State Department.
Soon, Frank is transferred to the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, and Yasemin and the kids join him there. Yasemin can sense that her lifelong dreams are finally within reach. External forces, however, are set in motion to derail her plans when terrorists bomb the American Embassy on August 7th, 1998, while she and her husband are inside. Two hundred and thirteen people are killed and Frank is critically injured. Holding on to dear life, he is flown to Germany for hospitalization.
Yasemin follows with her family, physically unharmed, but severely suffering from the effects of PTSD. It is then that she is confirmed pregnant with their third child with Frank on death’s doorsteps.
What follows is a tale of grief and struggle, but also of tremendous joy. From her diagnosis and struggles with PTSD treatments to Frank’s physical therapy and abandonment by the State Department, Yasemin’s story winds between betrayal and renewal as she searches for meaning in her new circumstances and ultimately turns to God.
A true life story that that no one should experience but that everyone should know about.
About the Author
Yasemin was born in Ankara, Turkey, where she spent her formative years with her family and met her husband, Frank. She has a degree in urban planning. Yasemin volunteers as a leader in a Christian organization, which leads women from all backgrounds to God. Yasemin and Frank have three children together and reside in the southern United States.