"Firewalkers: madness, beauty & mystery" is a book of recovery journeys developed by VOCAL, a recovery community non-profit. The power of the book lies in the inclusion of solid descriptions of "emotional turbulence and altered states; visionary melt-downs and spiritual breakthroughs; ecstatic visions and crazy blessings", as the back cover describes them.
Each of the seven stories is as different and unique as you would expect. They reflect the real experiences and journeys of their authors, the good, the bad, the ugly, and the lessons. They also reveal the great risks they underwent.
The book is rounded out with questions about the authors experiences and their views on stigma and the truth they have learned from their mental experiences.
The openness about mental experiences and the lessons they contain reminds me of the 60's and early 70's when there was a greater acceptance of unusual experiences. Unfortunately, at that time, recovery was only an individually discovered, and locally supported, notion without the exploding social network and community movement we have now.
Well worth purchasing, and well worth a read. And you'll be helping VOCAL in its recovery community work.
Norman DeLisle, MDRC
"With Liberty and Access for All!"
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