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The Journey of a Wounded Healer: The Mystical Web of Mental Illness and Spirituality by Carol L. Chambers is a memoir and spiritual odyssey that can be summarized in the author’s own words: “My journey has been mysterious, wild, and liberating! My spiritual pathways have taken me from a small child struggling to live within the contradictions of good and evil, to a conservative ordained minister, and then through many paths to a home-grown, Spirit-led Shaman and Reiki Practitioner.” It is the story of a woman who lived with a mental illness for six decades before discovering that bipolar disorder had caused her so much depression, anxiety, addiction, anorexia, and the spiritual restlessness she’d suffered since childhood. It is a story of anguish and pain, but also a surprising tale of healing and deepening spirituality.
In a voice that is strong, confident and compassionate, the author shares her story from childhood, unveiling the deepest wounds in her heart and the numerous challenges when it came to holding onto life and developing strong and healthy relationships. Her quest for a deep spiritual understanding intersected with her malady. Her journey was one of discovering the truth about her mental illness and unlocking the wells of spirituality that would transform her entire life. Carol L. Chambers’ perception of life is exemplified in this book and as the reader turns the pages, they begin to understand the connection the author develops with Mother Earth. There are so many spiritually rich passages for the reader to appreciate and enjoy. The Journey of a Wounded Healer is inspiring, a story that encourages readers to learn to listen to the spiritual voice that speaks from their hearts and to find the hidden oasis in the desert of life. Written in great prose and in symbolic language, this book will compel readers to seek healing in that which causes them pain.