In Through the Open Door, award-winning author Hilary Chaney takes you places you can only imagine: a psychiatric hospital, a manic state, and Heaven on Earth. She chronicles her battle with and subsequent triumph over Bipolar Disorder, including her travails in law school and her ups and downs through two pregnancies. Hilary doesn't just report her story; she also offers coping tools for fellow Bipolars. Through the Open Door also offers a gift to those on the quest to find Heaven: it imparts the revelations Hilary experienced during her manic episodes, when she walked in Heaven on Earth and experienced a post-religion utopia. The imaginative and poetic writing sets this book apart, and few manic biographies give the reader an actual glimpse of the Bipolar brain like Hilary does, for she has included her manic journal in the addendum. The journal is raw and riveting, and recorded exactly as it flew from her fingertips. This book is a must read for those struggling with the scourge of mental illness and for those who have ever sought spiritual answers to our most profound mysteries.
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With this book, I hope I can shine a light on mental illness and remove stigma so people will share their own struggles more readily. That is where the real healing began for me. Bottling up all the passion and fire that comes with Bipolar nearly wrecked me. I had to thread it out by talking and writing. The book started with a manic journal in 2007 and over the next six years I wrote over 300,000 words. Only in January of 2013 did I settle down to polish and hone, and six months later I am an award-winning author!
The second mission of my book is to share my post-religious philosophy. When manic I travel to Heaven and God pours revelation into me; he has shown me exactly how to bring heaven to earth for everyone. The Second Coming is not a person...it is our Becoming God. We look in the mirror and he is looking back at us. When we realize we are the Gods and lavish the love we normally reserve for Gods on ourselves, when we truly worship ourselves, heaven will come. There is no hell, no original sin, no Armageddon, no fear of disappointing God. Religion will be set aside, as the Bible predicts ("prophecies will cease"), and a new era of peace will reign. Religion has been the flashlight as we stumble in the dark, but when the light comes on, we don't need the flashlight. The light is breaking over this dark world.
"Hilary Chaney offers readers a rare glimpse into the human interior--her very own soul. I applaud her courage to share so boldly her voice, a voice that could change our world if truly heard by the masses." Annie Burnside, award-winning author of "Soul to Soul Parenting."
"Through Hilary Chaney's deeply honest and open storytelling, she reaches others who are in the shadows of Bipolar Disorder. She is a pioneer in the legal field in her efforts to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding mental illness." Sarah Cearley, PhD, LCSW, Executive Director Arkansas Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program.
"Give me a congregation of Hilarys and I have no doubt we could move mountains." Rev. Nathan Mattox, United Methodist Elder, Oklahoma.
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Book Description Hilary Martin Chaney, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 220 pages. 8.00x5.25x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0989639207