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Product Details

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (June 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419693050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419693052
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inspirational afterlife memoir studded with messages for the living from a young man who has passed, as divined through his father. Humans have long been fascinated by the possibility of communicating with spirits who have passed from the earthly realm. In Eternal Bonds, readers meet Ricardo Petrillo, a 20-year-old college student who fell to his death in 2005. Through two years of sporadic communication with his father, the co-author Claudio, the book details Ricardo's experiences in the beyond. A year and a half after his death, Ricardo alerts Claudio and co-author Knoploch, his mother, that together they'll be transforming all the communications into this book. Upon dying, Ricardo finds himself in a Plato-like land of forms, first in hospital surroundings and then soon undertaking training to comprehend his spiritual evolution. He also learns how to transmit what he's learning to the living. Ricardo's messages, in both prose and verse, are geared toward helping the living understand their own spiritual multiplicity, with love as the ultimate answer to life's trials. A touching exploration of life's possibilities which illustrates that death is not an end, but a part of the life cycle. -- Kirkus Discoveries May 9th, 2008

Customer Reviews

The book is half poetry, half prose, with the poetry said to be written by Ricardo.
Clevelander83
I'm still giving this book three-stars. . . because I think for the right person, it could be enjoyable.
G. Hearn
This book left me wishing I had not wasted the time reading it (and I skimmed most of the poems).
Naomi Manygoats

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Dalrymple VINE VOICE on January 28, 2009
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I'm having a difficult time deciding what to say about this book. My problem stems from the fact that I have a difficult time with the concept that someone who has passed over, is able to communicate with those left on earth. It's not that I dispute what authors Ricardo Petrillo, Claudio Petrillo and Silvia Knoploch say - to them, what is, is. I am obviously the one left wanting in the belief department.

Twenty-year-old son, Ricardo, died after an accidental fall. The book relates his experiences on the other side and begins his experiences in that realm in a hospital setting. This is not how I envisioned heaven. My thought is that once you are there, you become a "pure," faultless and whole being. I think this is one reason I was not able to suspend my old thought patterns long enough to read this book.

Much of the book is written in poetic form. Descriptions of life on the other side seem more concrete for some reason, when written this way. This is a beautifully written volume and, as I read in other reviews, it is comforting to those who have lost loved ones. That seems to be the importance of this book. It comforts some who are grieving. That's important and certainly worthwhile. If I find the concepts the book offers difficult to believe, that's my problem.

Can I recommend this book? I think whether or not a reader would enjoy this volume is purely up to the one doing the reading. Not much help, I guess, but I feel this is true.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bridrod on October 9, 2011
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There are so many religions that believe in life after death, or better, life after life. Those who blunt deny it must have not gone far and beyond looking for answers. History shows that "different" causes panic and denial. Humans are afraid of change and that's a fact. Those who already found and experienced the other side will enjoy this book. Very reassuring and touching! Who wouldn't want to know life does not end! It's a new beginning! And knowing your loved ones are right there with you, waiting and helping you on your own journey is a blessing! We can deny as much and as long as we want to, but inevitably we'll all get there in our spiritual evolution and growth!

This book was great! Specially hearing how the home studies of the Gospel can not only benefit us, but also those still lost in the other side! A+++!
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OK, I usually dig this sort of thing--- anything to do with past life, weird experiences, ghosts, religion, paranormal experiences, God, life purpose and so on. (This is part of the reason that I ordered this book!)

However, I have found this particular book rather difficult to get through.

The basic plot of the book is that the son of the author has died. He then comes back and dictates this book to his father via some sort of spiritual communication.

In the book he tells about his transition to the afterlife, what he learned in this life, and what he does there in the afterlife. It is all very personal, although he does touch on universal issues of life and death and life purpose.

Sounds interesting, right? So why have I had such a difficult time getting through the book?

Well, first of all I think it's because the son has also dictated loads and loads of metaphysical poetry--- almost half the pages of the book are poems. I like poetry well enough, but this was just waaaaaay too much poetry for even me! I found myself thinking "all right, enough with the poetry already! Come on!"

I think the other reason I found this rather difficult to get through might sound rather harsh--- though I have to be honest and say that it made me rather uncomfortable--- was that the father and mother still seem totally distraught over their son's death, and because their son seemed to be their entire earthly purpose in this world. It seemed like their entire world revolved around him--- his birth WAS something of a miracle, so that is somewhat understandable. Subsequently, his death almost destroyed them. Their accounts of this are really hard to read. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it seemed way too personal, if that is possible.
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This book is written in both prose and poetry communicated through thoughts to surviving parents by their deceased son.

The first third of the book is prose and was very hard for me to muddle through all of the ideas. Not that it was difficult to read but there was so much present to think about that I felt overwhelmed. As mentioned by other reviewers, there was some repetition in the ideas but with so much material being presented, I think this is necessary.

There was no solid timeline. I had a hard time following the expereinces of Ricardo because of this. It is difficult communicating the actions in "another realm" to those living in a totally different one. I understand this but want to make not of it because it can get frustrating to those of us bound by time. The good news is that once I got through the first third of the book, the rest was easier to read.

The remainder of the book is various poems intermixed with sections of addtional prose. I found the ideas conveyed fascinating and did enjoy this portion of the book more because I wasn't so overwhelmed.

The most interesting part of the book for me is when Ricardo shares Sarah's story. Ricardo meets Sarah when she visits his parents during their times of spiritual study and prayer. What is fascinating is that Sarah is still alive. She has Downs Syndrome and her spirit is obviously more advanced than her physical body and is able to goto these meetings/spiriatul sessions.

As someone currently mourning the loss of a loved one, this book did not make me ponder about the afterlife, what is going on, what to expect or what my loved one is going through.
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