Fishers of Men: The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest

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Penguin, Jul 22, 2010 - Religion - 288 pages
In the tradition of memoirs like Daniel Pinchbeck's 2012 and Jim Carroll's The Basketball Diaries, Adam Elenbaas's Fishers of Men chronicles his journey from intense self-destruction and crippling depression to self-acceptance, inner awareness, and spiritual understanding, through participation in mindexpanding-and healing ayahuasca ceremonies in South America and beyond.

From his troubled and rebellious youth as a Methodist minister's son in Minnesota, to his sex and substance abuse-fueled downward spiral in Chicago and New York, culminating in a depressive breakdown, Elenbaas is plagued by a feeling of emptiness and a desperate search for meaning for most of his young life. After hitting rock bottom at his grandfather's house in rural Michigan, a chance experience with psychedelic mushrooms convinces him that he must change his ways to achieve the sense of peace that he has always desired. Several subsequent psychedelic experiences inspire him to embark on a quest to South America and take part in a shamanic ceremony, where he consumes ayahuasca, a jungle vine revered for its spiritual properties.

Over the course of nearly forty ayahuasca ceremonies during four years, Elenbaas discovers the truth about his own life and past, and begins to mend himself from the inside out. Fishers of Men is the gripping, heartbreaking, and yet ultimately uplifting story of the power to transcend one's past.

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Originally from the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Adam Elenbaas holds an M.A. in creative writing from Central Michigan University and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Georgia College & State University. He lives in New York City and works as a case manager and activity therapist for adult schizophrenics at a single resident occupancy. Elenbaas is also the associate director of OmWellness, a holistic health practitioner certification program based in Manhattan, and one of the founding writers/contributing editors of Reality Sandwich, an online magazine.

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