Hello everyone! I have exciting news I want to share with you!
I have recently begun podcasting! My podcast is titled, Waking Up Bipolar with Chris Cole, and I’ll be covering all things bipolar, spirituality, and generally trying to be a better human being. The Waking Up Bipolar podcast is currently available on the following platforms:
Apple Podcasts (click for Apple/iPhone)
Google Play (click for Google/Android)
If you have a preferred way of listening to podcasts and cannot find Waking Up Bipolar, please let me know, and I’ll figure out how to make sure you do. Podcast episodes will also be appear on my website at colecoaching.com/wakingupbipolar
Thank you for your continued support, and hopefully this can be another way for us to stay in touch.
Hey Everybody! I hope this message finds you well. I want to share my latest piece for the International Bipolar Foundation, which covers some of the theoretical influences behind The Body of Chris. There are no real "answers" offered in my book (largely intentional), but this article might provide good direction for those interested in further exploration.
"With bipolar disorder, particularly manic psychosis, there are often peak experiences of undeniable spiritual profundity, but the extent to which those insights are integrated will ultimately be the measure of their usefulness."
You can read the full article here: http://ibpf.org/blog/bipolar-order-discovering-spiritual-integration-through-transpersonal-psychology
I remain tremendously grateful for your support and the opportunities afforded through this chance to tell my story. If you know someone who may benefit, please forward this email to them.
Happy Holidays! I want to extend a hearty thank you for your support. Over the last few months, I’ve continued to receive messages of how The Body of Chris has affected families with a wide range of mental health difficulties. None of this would be possible without you, and I never forget it.
Inkshares is currently running a promotion of 50% OFF selected books through December 16th, which means The Body of Chris is on sale for $8 (paperback) and $4.99 (ebook)--tough to beat! This time of year reminds me of child-like wonder, and it’s been touching to hear my boys sing Christmas carols they’re learning for their preschool play. The season can also bring up a lot of difficulty for those living with some of the issues presented in my book. If you know someone who may benefit from reading about my journey, I hope you’ll pass this email along to them. There is profound healing in simply feeling less alone.
Speaking of my boys, the International Bipolar Foundation recently asked me to write something on parenthood with bipolar disorder, and this is what I came up with:
"I remember poignant moments of deep connection and longing that marked those early days of fatherhood. At the time, I was unwilling to accept treatment for what I considered to be a sensitive, spiritual disposition unmet by the profane existence of modern society. My son was colicky, needing an extraordinary amount of devotion just to fall asleep. I would sing him songs, rock him for what seemed like hours, and then be trapped by his delicate body asleep on my chest. My arm would go numb as I drifted in and out of sleep myself. I would stare at his face, the promise of a life yet unmarred by suffering, and tears would stream down my cheeks. I felt a love fuller than I had ever known. In these fleeting moments, I became willing to commit to whatever treatment necessary for my ability to be present in his life." (read the full article here: http://www.ibpf.org/blog/fatherhood-bipolar-disorder)
I hope you all have a wonderful close to 2016; wishing you the best year yet for 2017!
Hey! I’m writing to share my latest piece, this one for Lion’s Roar, a prominent Buddhist website and magazine. As many of you know by now, though my book has an intentional Christian/Catholic slant, I’ve found a great deal of healing and inspiration in studying Buddhist psychology.
Hope you like it! You can read here: http://www.lionsroar.com/waking-up-bipolar/
Also, if you haven’t yet, pretty please leave a review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Body-Chris-Obsession-Addiction-Madness/dp/1941758142/. It helps so much!
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.
It’s been a while, but I wanted to reach out to let you know that The Body of Chris just crossed the 1,000 books sold threshold today! Can you believe it? It’s an enormous privilege to be able to share my story with the world and hopefully inspire others to do the same. Thank you all for your support and encouragement!
And a reminder: please leave a review on Amazon (click here) and Goodreads (click here). You cannot imagine how much a few moments of your time helps when people are searching for books related to these topics.
One more thing!
Just want to give you all a heads up that The Body of Chris is now available as BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE for the holidays. This is an Inkshares-wide promotion for all of their published books. Now's a great time to get copies for Christmas or Hanukah or Kwanzaa or whatever you might be celebrating this season! Thanks again for your continued support :)
I had a blast on air this morning with VividLife Radio! We talked about The Body of Chris, the Inkshares publishing process, and writing tips for aspiring authors.
You can give the interview a listen here: http://bit.ly/vividliferadio