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Communion: A True Story Paperback – January 2, 2008
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“Strieber comes through as both sensible and sincere...His book deserves to be taken seriously.” (Boston Herald)
“Powerful...Strieber’s storytelling ability makes his own terror and confusion feel real to the reader...Compelling reading.” (Seattle Times)
“...COMMUNION is surely the most throught-provoking book on UFOs and alien visitation published so far.” (Rocky Mountain News)
“Patently honest...There is no doubt this man has endured experiences of compelling realism.” (Vermont Sunday Magazine)
“Vividness of detail and depth of feeling...Convincing!” (New York Tribune)
“A fascinating story...And it certainly could be true.” (Detroit News)
“Should give second thoughts to even the most hardened skeptic!” (Dow Jones News)
“A convincing case.” (Houston Chronicle)
More About the Author
My best-known works of nonfiction are Communion and the Communion series: Transformation, Breakthrough, Confirmation, the Secret School and Solving the Communion Enigma. I've also published the Key and have just finished Super Natural: a New Vision of the Unexplained with Rice University Religion Chair Jeffry J. Kripal. It will be published by Tarcher/Penguin in February of 2016.
I had a close encounter of the third kind in December of 1985. This was universally taken to be an encounter with aliens, and I became the media's poster boy for alien abduction. The fact that I had prefaced Communion with ""the enigmatic presence of the human mind winks back from the dark" was entirely ignored.
I do not understand what causes the abduction experience, but I do know that it is not presently identified and is in need of study, as is the whole area of what is generally called "the paranormal." This is why Jeff and I have written Super Natural. It is time to go beyond the millennia long debate about whether or not the paranormal is real and find out what it is.
This is why Tarcher is called Super Natural the most important book on the subject since Charles Fort published the Book of the Damned in 1919.
Top Customer Reviews
Once in a great while, a book comes along that changes the way one perceives reality. For me, and I venture to say many others, Communion is such a book.
I don't know if Strieber's "visitors" are real physical beings, multidimensional travelers, creations of the human mind, or none of these things. Neither does he. But some of the things Strieber describes in Communion have been experienced by far too many people, to be pure fantasy. There is SOMETHING very strange going on, be it alien abduction or widespread shared dreams. Either way, the subject deserves serious investigation.
Read this book. If you come away believing it, you'll be a changed person. If you come away believing it's fiction, you'll have read one hell of a story.
Strieber's experiences with missing time, bizarre implants, and the now farmiliar Grey creatures are riveting and offputting at the same time. What makes this book really stand out from most of the ufoology is that Strieber really tries to figure out what the "visitors" as he calls them want with us. He comes up with several interesting theories, and the book is fresh and interesting throughout, never bogging down.
I would highly recommend this read for the open minded and the curious.
The book is written in novelistic style with great skill, as the author tells his own story of the trigger-events in late 1985 which shockingly alerted him to the intrusion of the "visitors", as he terms them, into his life and the lives of his wife and son (whose ID is protected as his name is never mentioned in print). It's a real page-turner and highly readable, as the narrative builds and fills in the complex emerging picture of the interactions which are always on the visitors' terms and never (by them) explained.
Back in 1987, this reviewer first came across the name of Budd Hopkins through the pages of Strieber's book, but did not come to personally know and respect this intelligent, humanitarian and first-class investigator until many years later. New-York based Strieber was lucky to find Hopkins, who helped him unravel the complex tangle of memories and introduced him to others with similar experiences.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the book attempted to tell the truth of a real experience. I have experienced far more than this. I have spoken face to face with aliens who came to me. Read morePublished 2 days ago by aacrowley
This is a great book for anyone who is interested in visiter/abduction stories. The two that follow this book are a little hard to find but I purchased them as soon as I finished... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul
I was writing my own schlock novel about being abducted by space aliens when the doorbell rang;
The Visitor had arrived...
"You have no right...". Read more
This is wonderfully written and what an interesting story. I still can't say if I believe it happened, but I believe the writer - by that I mean I believe he had some sort of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Suzer