An Upraised Chalice

Adventures and Near Death Encounters in my Search for the Brotherhood of Light - and What This Can Mean for You

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Self-Help, Religion & Spirituality
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Awarded 5 Stars from ForeWord Clarion Reviews - “Nothing gets one’s attention like one’s imminent demise,” writes Gene O’Neil in An Upraised Chalice, a book that chronicles the remarkable travels, adventures, and out-of-body and near-death experiences that have marked his quest to discover the meaning of life. O’Neil’s practical insights, born of experience, cut across religious boundaries to convey a vibrant spirituality in plain, accessible language.”

Do you consider yourself more spiritual than religious?

Many have turned away from traditional, organized religions to explore their own relationship with the Divine. The author is one of these seekers and this book chronicles his remarkable journey to many of the world's sacred places. It is the inspiring story of a lifetime’s quest for the ancient wisdom while experiencing miraculous intercessions of the Great Ones along the way.

This accounting differs from other stories detailing near death experiences. The author (a professional pilot, a builder, a teacher and a family man) had multiple near death encounters over the years. In one instance Archangel Michael appeared in a sphere of Light, commanding him to prepare with a specific prayer / mantra just moments before the fatal car accident. Immediately after this accident, going up the tunnel of light to the other side, two Masters assisted with a specific action that allowed for the continuation of this lifetime.

The story details the lifelong chain of events that brought about these intercessions and the prior and subsequent interaction with the Great Ones that so shaped Gene’s life. And there is a much deeper story here. A story that is vast in its implications and that contains a challenge to all who seek to know the truth—a story that helps answer our greatest question –why are we here?

A Note From the Publisher

Editor- Denis Ouellette, Cover painting – Damian Bland. Also available in ebook format.

Advance Praise

“There’s no better place to begin, for true spiritual revelation, than with one’s own personal experience, and so, An Upraised Chalice sets the tone for anyone ready for their own ‘journey of discovery.’ Those who would drink from O’Neil’s chalice of understanding will find its contents full and complex. Add near death encounters, a travelogue to the world’s spiritual places and you have a fascinating blend of self-inspection, pilgrimage, and revelation that will resonate with many readers.” —D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Marketing Plan

Comprehensive internet marketing campaign focused upon with strategically focused and integrated social media – Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. - POD with Amazon Create Space and also Ingram Spark, – Ingram distribution network including Baker and Taylor - All E-book formats for Kindle, Nook, and pdf – all IBPA marketing partners including NetGalley – reviews in Forward, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Midwest Book Review, ABA Advance Access and more - live author events - U.S. Public Library Distribution System

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