The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness

The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness

by Chris Cole


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Finalist in Religious Non-Fiction and Spirituality for 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Struggling with lifelong disordered eating and adolescent addiction, Chris Cole had his first psychotic episode at the age of eighteen, suddenly believing he was the Second Coming of Christ. He lost his identity and tried to perform miracles and was ultimately arrested in the lobby of his college dormitory—all while convinced he was being taken to his crucifixion. Even when sanity returned, he could not help but contemplate God's involvement. For years, Chris danced with delusion, but he eventually surrendered to his humanity and learned to embrace reality.

The Body of Chris explores mental illness—from bipolar disorder to substance use to binge eating—in one man’s search for salvation. From his oldest wounds to his renewed spirituality, author Chris Cole tells his story with unflinching honesty in hopes of reaching people who suffer from mental illness and those who love them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941758144
Publisher: Inkshares
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 237
Sales rank: 826,281
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Chris Cole hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. Chris's experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows him to relate to a wide range of clients. He utilizes a holistic approach to mental health which views wellness in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. Learn more about Chris and his work at

Table of Contents

Part 1 Genesis

1 Original Sin

2 Shapedown

3 Good Sport

4 Black and White

5 Karate Kid

6 My Girl

7 Binge-Overs

8 Confirmation

9 Diet C

10 Size Matters

11 No Homo

12 Angels and Demons

13 WhiteWater

14 Some Sort of Stud

15 Totaled

16 Cut Up

Part 2 Exodus

17 Hazed and Confused

18 The Big Bang

19 Born Again

20 Over the Rainbow

21 Chemical Dependence

22 Blaming Bipolar

23 Into the Wild

24 Chasing Normal

25 Calling Cosmic Chris

26 Master Mind

27 Hero's Return

28 Let Me Out Patient

29 The Binging Barista

30 Bottom

Part 3 Revelation

31 The Experiment

32 Real Life

33 Touch and Go

34 True Love

35 In Sickness and in Health

36 Lockdown

37 Kingdom Come

38 Judgment Day

39 Resurrection

Epilogue: Go in Love

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