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Inhaltsangabe: Composed of 42 photographs of wrought-iron gates and inspirational quotes about life, this book reflects author Carolyn CJ Jones' own healing journey in recovery from alcoholism. The book follows the journey through a 12 Step program. Beginning with great angst, including feelings of worthlessness and despair, the book quickly turns to self-awareness, enlightenment, growth and healing. Ways to treat each other and ourselves better and principles of living are explored. The reader is ultimately brought to the satisfying conclusion of joy and peace. In addition to the words of inspiration, Carolyn's lovely photographs make this book a work of art, suitable for display on a coffee table. This book makes an excellent gift for anyone. It is especially appreciated by those on a spiritual journey of discovery, as well as by those who are interested in emotional healing. Read in its entirety, O pening the Gates of the Heart is a pathway to peace. Read one verse at a time, it makes an excellent daily meditation book.

Vom Autor: I was asked during an interview what inspired me to write Opening the Gates of the Heart, to which I responded, "I wasn't inspired because for the first few years of its creation, I didn't even know I was writing a book!"  Here's how the magical creation of this book occurred.  You see, "over here," I was photographing these lovely wrought-iron gates I had discovered  one day in Marin County, California. I spent days and weeks photographing these gates, yielding hundreds of images. I was drawn to the way the light reflected on the metal. Interestingly, the light is always on the other side of the gate in my photos, as if I'm searching for it and it's always on the other side, out of reach. It is unclear when it occurred, but the gates began to represent my heart, closed from life's pains.  Now, "over there," I was journaling to maintain my sanity. I started journaling in response to my developing a deep love for another man while I was married. Highly confused, I started to write about my feelings. I left early every morning, walked briskly to a local coffee shop, and wrote intensely for one or two hours. I never spoke with anyone; I just wrote.  The downfall of our 20 year marriage was our drinking and drugging. You see, in my early 20's, I discovered that alcohol and drugs numbed my feelings of low self-esteem, worthlessness, and deep despair. For the last seven years of my drinking, I drank myself into oblivion every night. I was a mess. I left my troubled marriage, certain that the another man cared for me as I did for him. He didn't, and I was devastated. I drank and cried for two months; I could barely function and I lost touch with reality. I had hit an all-time emotional low. Toward the end of that two month time period, I decided to go on a road trip to "find myself" and to go to San Diego to get sober. I left on my road trip, made it to San Diego, and began the journey into sobriety. While getting sober, I bought a full sized camper van, gutted it, and redid it in cherrywood. After sixteen months, it was time to resume my road trip.  My first stop was the Bay Area, to show all my friends my new home. I got a job in a boating store and soon after starting, I fell and injured my right wrist; my right hand is my dominant hand. It was too painful to write in my now sanity-saviing journals, so I started writing with my left hand. All sorts of deep emotions flowed forth onto the page. Often, I would stop and say out loud, "Where in the world did THAT come from??!!" One morning in November of 2004, I wrote in my journal words that described a gate photograph I had just titled Webs of Fear. I was flabbergasted because those words gave voice to the image far beyond the visual aspect.  This prompted a search of all my journals and especially my left-handed ones. There I found a great deal of writing about my sorrows, my joys, ways to treat each other more kindly, and principles of living. It was at this point that I realized I had created a book!  That is when I became inspired and started matching prose from my journals with the gate photographs that I had titled. The titles follow my progression through sobriety, from worthlessness  and despair, through awareness and growth, to joy and inner peace.  It was six years later that I published my book, Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing. It took me that long to get the courage to bare my soul to the world through my writing. Currently, I continue to speak to a variety of audiences about my story of healing and how the book was created. Such is the tale of how it happened... 

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