TITLE: More than the Madness: A Memoir
AUTHOR: John Kaniecki
PUBLISHER: Dreaming Big Publications
PUBLISHER WEBSITE: Dreamingbigpublications.com
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
There is MORE than the MADNESS
This book gives readers a glimpse into the life of someone living with bipolar disorder. It’s not a clinical book filled with facts and figures, but a book of humanity.
Spanning childhood to early adult, through stories of abuse, being bullied, experimentation with drugs and alcohol, inpatient stays on psych wards, a night in jail, his college days in the fraternity, hitchhiking across America, and his time in a third world country, John gives the reader a personal and up-close look into his life as a manic depressive. The stories are sad, shocking, and at times funny as he shares his antics while at his most manic and delusional.
Throughout his journey, John also struggles with his faith in God. More than the Madness is a testament of one man’s journey to grow closer to God while gaining a better understanding of himself.
John wrote his story to help educate others on mental illness and remove some of the stigma associated with it. It is his hope that readers will get to know the person behind the diagnosis; take away the labels and meet someone's son, friend, and husband. See that there is More Than the Madness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Kaniecki is an author and poet. His works has been published in over eighty outlets. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. He attended Steven's Institute of Technology for two years before dropping out. At that time John became a Christian and a member of the Church of Christ. Also John began to seriously suffer from bipolar disorder. This mental illness would adversely affect John. As such the topic is dealt with in his writing. In particular in his book of memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also the experience is poetically explored in the book "Murmurings Of A Mad Man". John's shining achievement is his poetry book "Poet To The Poor,Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent." This book deals with historical figures and events along with people from John's own life. True to John's poetic philosophy the book is written with poems that deliver a clear message. Rhyming and rhythm are prominent. John's book "Sunset Shadows" is a book of classically written sonnets dealing with dying and death in a spiritual and wholesome way. "A Day's Weather" completes John's present poetry collection which is a depiction of his days as a neophyte poet. This early work is a wholesome and quaint collection.
John has a science fiction anthology called Words of the Future. This book is interesting, unique and exciting. John presently has two horror books out, "Scarecrow, Scarecrow" and "Satan's Siren". These two books are part of a series following the main character Anne McFry.
John presently lives in Montclair with his wife Sylvia. John is a volunteer minister at the Church of Christ at Chancellor Avenue which is located in the south ward of Newark New Jersey. John is also a full time caregiver for his wife. Expect more exciting stuff from John soon.
A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:
When John first came to me with his memoir, I knew immediately this was a story that HAD to be told. Books like this are the reason Dreaming Big Publications exists. We want to help people. It's that simple. We have been hard at work on this book for over a year now. If it helps just ONE person, it's worth it. We want to help break the stigma surrounding mental illness. We want others who have the same or similar issues to know they're not alone. If this is you, I hope this book gives you some hope. I hope it helps the people around you to realize there's more to you than your illness.
To any mental health professionals reading this, it is our hope that this glimpse inside the life of one patient can help you better understand the patients you work with. You may only see them at their worst, inside sterile hospital walls, and perhaps never get to know the person absent the mental illness. We want you to see the whole person. I hope this book helps you remember to treat your patients with dignity and respect. While nobody's story is exactly the same, and each person's experience is unique, I hope that by reading John's story you will find a greater understanding and respect for the incredible people who battle daily giants of the like you can only imagine. I will be forever grateful to John for trusting me with his story. It has been an honor and a privilege. I admire the strength that it takes to share something so personal with strangers.
BOOK REVIEWERS/BLOGGERS: Electronic review copies are available upon request. Simply reply to this email and tell Kristi if you'd like a PDF, MOBI, or EPUB. Don't have time to read and review right now? We understand. We do a lot of reviews, too. Although we would love to get Amazon and Goodreads reviews, any promotion is good, so we would be delighted if you would consider giving our book a spotlight on your blog.
ADDED BONUS!!! John is willing to write a personal poem for you if you review his book. Simply let us know you'd like a poem from John, and we'll put you in touch with him.
We don't want the price of the book to hinder anyone who may benefit from it. Although the author does depend on his writing for income and appreciates your support, we are happy to gift electronic copies upon request to those in need.
Thank you for your time and consideration!
Kristi King-Morgan, LMSW
Editor-in-Chief, Dreaming Big Publications