Chris Cole's latest update for The Body of Chris

Apr 23, 2016

I’m excited to announce that The Body of Chris was named a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for TWO categories: "Religious Non-Fiction" and "Spirituality." The Indie Book Awards are open to independent authors and publishers, excluding major publishing houses. Some have referred to it as the "Sundance" of the book publishing world. Fun times!

Thank you all for making this possible. There’s no telling what could be in the future for this book. Over the last few months, I’ve realized how difficult it can be to market a book about mental illness and spiritual awakening. The mental health community has mixed feelings about the spiritual stuff, and the spiritual community has reservations about the mental illness stuff. They are two very different ideas for most, but I’m hoping this book might play some small role in bridging the gap. 

I recently read a review that my story was not quite inspirational, probably because it ends with a great deal of ambiguity. Truth is, I didn’t want to give too many answers or solutions, mostly because I’m still finding my own. But on a deeper level, the real antidote is being able to stay with the gray, to sit with the diversity of human experience. And so I hope readers are left with an open invitation of sorts. Suffering is the tinder that ignites the flames of transformation. Pain, or trauma, or heartbreak, or disillusionment, is what burns us up, revealing our true nature beyond form and conception. We all have our own trials. No two are the same. Each holds the promise of transformation. May you know yours.