From his troubled and rebellious youth as a Methodist minister’s son in northern Minnesota, to his sex and substance abuse–fueled downward spiral in Chicago, culminating in a depressive breakdown, Adam 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 he has always so deeply desired. Several subsequent psychedelic experiences convince him to go on a quest to South America and take part in a shamanic ceremony, where he consumes ayahuasca, a psychedelic jungle vine revered for its spiritual properties.
Over the course of nearly fifty ayuhuasca ceremonies during four years, Elenbaas discovers the truth about his own life and past, and begins to mend himself from the inside out. An engrossing travelogue of a young man’s desperate fall and spiritual reconnection to life, Fishers of Men tells not only Elenbaas’ own story, but the simple truths for a richer existence that he learned along the way.
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