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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440123977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440123979
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,027,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gregg Korbon served as an army officer and then became a physician, teaching at Duke and the University of Virginia medical schools. He has authored books and scientific articles, developed new techniques, and now directs an outpatient surgery center. He lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with his wife and children.

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If you are open to it, this book will lead you to exploring your own spiritual path.
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The author is a master storeyteller and his adventures surrounding Brian's death are truly amazing and wonderful.
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You will see it, feel it and know it better after reading this precious treasure of a book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pastor in Virginia on October 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
This little book is just the right length for someone who is in the grieving process. The author, Gregg Korbon, tells of the sudden death of his beloved nine year old little boy, Brian. The first part is balm for a hurting soul--since it is clear that Dr. Korbon knows just what it means to lose a loved one. The rest of the book is about hope and discovery. It's as if the author is taking the reader by the hand and saying, "Let's see if we can find meaning in all this." Dr. Korbon has done an EXCELLENT job of exploring what lies behind the veil that separates this life from eternity. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever lost a loved one. Kudos to the author for sharing and exploring his own pain so that others might benefit. Dr. Korbon has proved that he is still a doctor, of the soul as well as the body.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Cogan on December 4, 2009
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This book tackles one of the most difficult topics imaginable - the sudden, unexpected death of one's child. Brian Korbon was a loving, vibrant 9-year old who collapsed and died in the midst of a little league baseball game. As his family recovers from the initial shock they realize that Brian somehow anticipated his death, leaving, among other things, gifts and letters telling family not to worry about him.

Thus begins his family's quest to come to terms, not just with Brian's death, but his precognition and his response of selfless courage and love. The many acts of kindness Brian leaves behind are heartbreaking in their tenderness and beauty. Brian's father Gregg journals his struggles to make sense of the situation and later to explore other cases of pre-death cognition and premonitions of future events, which he finds widespread among parents who have lost young children. Beyond Reason lives up to its title as it whisks us along Gregg's experiences that defy what we have come to believe is the reality around us, and reveals a deeper, more magnificent one. The diary-like first person narrative is very intimate, making one feel like a welcome guest in the alternately turbulent and soothing imagery.

Personally, I found this book very comforting as I grieved my father's death. Gregg is very courageous as he bares his most personal emotions and even relates how his health degenerates and recovers over the long course of his journey. Much of the book describes Brian's bravery in the face of death, but I find Gregg's own response, and his willingness to publish his deepest fears, equally inspiring. The story and its telling are moving beyond words.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Mitchell on June 18, 2011
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I first heard about Gregg Korbon and his book when he was a guest on Virginia Insights on NPR. I was intrigued by his story and wanted to learn and hear more. A few months later, I heard that he would be speaking and signing books at a local book shop. I went to hear him and was spellbound by his talk. And still I wanted to learn more, so I bought his book. I began reading it the next morning and read it straight through.

His is a tragic tale, very heart-wrenching to hear and read, but a story of a man who was strong enough to follow his heart and gut and intuition into new territory, not knowing where it would lead. His life, and possibly the lives of those who read his story, was enriched and made fuller by his openness to discovering and sharing some of the secrets of the universe.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miriam Knight on June 14, 2011
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It is hard to imagine a more gut-wrenching experience than losing a child. Even if you are a doctor and used to death, like Gregg Korbon, you have little defense against the pain. Getting through the grief is another thing, and this book could be of immense help to anyone who has had such a loss.

The unusual focus of the memoir is the utter conviction with which his 9-year-old son Brian foretold the timing of his death, and prepared himself, his family and friends for it. Even though Gregg was a scientist, rooted in evidence-based medicine, he was unable to deny the reality of his son's ability to see the future. Gregg Korbon began to study the reaches of the mind into other times and dimensions, and the new perceptions helped to reconcile his grief.

It took him 15 years to finish this book, and I can only think that this too is divine timing. So many books have come out in recent years about the afterlife and near death experiences that the writers are no longer looked upon as weird. In fact a surprisingly large number of them have been written by medical doctors, including Larry Dossey and Deepak Chopra. They all attest to the continuity of existence beyond the physical.

Gregg Korbon's tender narrative is sure to help other grieving parents find comfort and reassurance that their children are still with them. It is only about 100 pages, so turn off the phone, have a box of tissues handy and enter into the magic of this child of light.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reading as fast as I can on June 1, 2010
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I have recently finished reading 'Beyond Reason, Lessons from the Loss of a Gifted Child', and find myself deeply moved by this story of a gifted child and what he came to teach us. It is an engaging and poignant account of the sudden loss of the author's beautiful son, Brian, and his family's process of grieving and healing. The author is a master storeyteller and his adventures surrounding Brian's death are truly amazing and wonderful. Brian's life and death bridged worlds that seem to be separate, but the discovery of precognition, clairvoyance, synchronicities and other unusual occurrences show us the unlimited nature of human consciousness when love is at work. I learned so much about the human potential for growing through the loss of a loved one. The book explores the 'magical journey' of the heart, mind and spirit, weaving the reader through realms of life and death, and back into life again. This book will change you as reading it has changed me.
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