This book is a memoir of the first half of my life (I'm hoping), growing up in suburbia USA. Young life was a bowl of cherries, having all I needed and happy with it. My wants became my goals, and most were achieved. Dreams are fun to think about, but to turn them into reality takes planning and a strong desire. Airplanes were in my dreams from an early age, and learning to fly an airplane was top on the list. Using all the skills learned from sports, school, and jobs, I started flying lessons at age fifteen. Funding my lessons was my after-school job at AandW Root Beer stand. It all worked out, and a month after my sixteenth birthday, I soloed my first airplane. This was the beginning of my love affair with flying. With all the twists and turns in life and all that goes with it, I secured my first professional flying job at age twenty-five. I was making money flying airplanes-not much, but to me that was secondary. Someone paying me to fly their airplane was a feeling I will never forget. The lessons in flying then were huge. I learned so much that at times I wondered if I went to flight school or what I was doing when I was there. The early days flying professionally were truly a dream come true, and the lessons learned could never come from a textbook. The climax of my professional flying took place in Alaska flying a turbine-powered aircraft. My flying career came to a crashing halt after being diagnosed with a major mental illness, manic depression. The kid who could do almost anything could hardly do anything. All hope for me was tested, and I didn't know if I had it in me to recover. The only hope I had was in Jesus. Will he hear my prayer?
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I'll start with Jim is my brother-in-law, Over the years I've heard many stories of Jim's flying days, which he writes very passionately about.. I also witnessed the spiral into Bi-polar that took all he loved away. I think his story was a soul searching, very honest account of how affected his life was. This was very cathartic for Jim. Along with family, good Doctors, meds and his strong faith in God, he has found peace with his diagnosis. This is a grear read for anyvody facing struggles with mental illness and finding light at the end of a sometimed very long tunnel.
Through hard work, determination , support of a loving family and Faith, the author achieves his childhood dream and passion of flying to become a commercial pilot, only to be de-railed by Bi-polar Disorder. His struggle to identify and address his changed life is again made possible through the support of a loving family and his Christian Faith. An enlightening inside view of the frustration of Bi-Polar Disorder and the strength of Faith.