Bipolar by Koehler is about a man who never gave up. John Koehler is a uniquely gifted man who was humbled at the age of thirty by seasonal depression and bipolar syndrome. The story elaborates John’s frustration as well as his tenacity for solving his own equation. How he relied on his wife and friends, his doctors, medication and his God to help him deal with the issues and fears in his life. For those that suffer like John, this book offers guidance and wisdom so that you too can live life large and in control.
Dear Lord is a great letter writing campaign that John has with God. Taking the cue of David's complete and utter honesty in the Psalms, Koehler pours out his heart when he is flying with the angels and when he is in the desert, cut off and fighting off the demons.
The Road to Capernaum is John’s answered prayer. It tells how John got caught up with kids with disabilities in a ministry called Young Life Capernaum. And how he used the gift of his own disability to connect with special people and teach them that they belong to God as much as anyone else.
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Bipolar by Koehler
By John Koehler
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Journal entry- November 30, 1988, 7:05 pm
I’m here at GW Hospital folks. Probably be here for a week or more. Bill (brother in law) is a Psychologist on Team A! I hope to get things worked out so I can get on with my life. The room is private. No phone. No TV etc. All my clothes are locked up. I’m in North Hall, where suicidals go.
My name is John Koehler and I am a man. I am a Christian man. I am a Bipolar (BP) Christian man. I am a Bipolar Christian seasonal affective man. I am a Bipolar Christian seasonal affective white-bread, artistic (not autistic) middle-class 45-year-old man.
If you met me in person, you would probably like me, as I am a likeable guy. True enough, I have many moments of weirdness, and meanness, and certainly I have a strong showing in the Stupid Human Tricks category. But my disposition is, generally speaking, light and fun. I love to laugh and look for the silly side of life when at all possible. I think that grownups are way too serious and full of gloom. Ha! Look at me, talking about gloom and how grownups need to lighten up, when here I am writing about manic depression.
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Table of Contents
Bipolar By koehler
The Road to Capernaum
What People are Saying About This
“Bipolar by Koehler is a remarkable book and an important contribution on helping patients, family, friends and those who treat mental illness.”
Carolyn H. Wood President, NAMI- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-
Virginia Beach, VA
“Koehler decided to write “Bipolar” to help other people going through a similar experience or who have a family member with the illness...it is an open door into Koehler’s life...he addresses his audience directly and, at times, with a witty and humorous tone despite the seriousness of the subject.”
“Koehler’s emphasis on the value of medical treatment and faith provides an added note of optimism for those who promote a convergence of faith and science in the successful treatment of mental illness.”
Thomasine Cubine, MSW, LCSW,
Consultant in Mental Health Consumer and Family Affairs and Co-Author of the MESA Family Curriculum