Is death the end of this existence, as some scientists seem to assume? Fontana, a British psychologist and fellow at Cardiff University, thinks not. In this manual, he marshals studies and other evidence to demonstrate the persistence of unexplained phenomena that point to the likelihood of life after death. In systematic fashion, Fontana plows through chapters on parapsychology; apparitions and visions of ghosts; hauntings (where apparitions are seen by more than one person in the same place over a long, continuous period); the history and nature of mediumship; different kinds of mediums; electronic voice phenomena; near-death experiences; out-of-body experiences; and reincarnation. Throughout, he includes case studies of alleged paranormal events from around the world, and also describes some of his own experiences, including a local Cardiff poltergeist he investigated from 1989 to 1992, and a medium who seems to have communicated with Fontana's deceased mother. It's clear that Fontana believes that many claims to the paranormal are true and that they provide credible evidence that a soul or spirit survives beyond physical death. Still, his tone is a bit more balanced than other paranormal apologetic texts. The book is indeed "comprehensive," as the subtitle indicates, and it is organized well enough that readers can easily skip to the chapters or sections that interest them rather than slogging through each chapter sequentially, since the writing can be overly detailed.
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'Scholarship, personal experience and high quality always show. This highly accessible, detailed and authoritative book will become a classic. After reading it and assessing the evidence, there can no longer be any doubt that there is life after death. David Fontana's book should be mandatory reading for all those involved in the care of the dying - and of course for the rest of us who know we will have to face it one day! Dr Peter Fenwick, Britain's leading clinical authority on Near-Death-ExperienceSee all Editorial Reviews
Anyone who has read Colin Wilson's book on life after death will recognise a lot of the material here, although Wilson concentrated on PSI ability while Fontana's interest seem to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve B
This is an excellent book, especially for anyone wanting to learn more about the "afterlife" or "spirit world" who started getting interested in it during the last... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Judith H. Shea
Please put this book into digital format. I need it for a class that starts Jun 29th. I bought the text, but the print is much too small for me to focus on. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barbara Larter
Extremely knowledgeable, excellent writer, clear and powerful intellect, and very credible.Published 13 months ago by F. J. Logan
If you have any doubt about the afterlife I would give this book a read, it throws out alot of evidence for the case of an afterlife, this book will take a while for you to read as... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Sam
Courtesy of Mr. David Fontana, we have been endowed with this unquestionable gem of scholarship. In dealing with the many allegedly peculiar phenomena of the world, he reveals in... Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by S. Alexander Hardison
I am about 1/3 of the way through this book and am so irritated and tired of the author's arguments. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Cat Whipple
"There is no doubt in my mind," says Fontana, "that the question of whether or not we live after death is by far the most important that faces us. Read morePublished on November 15, 2011 by Dubious Disciple
The book was way to long, a lot of opinons with a lot of unproven information. I personally did not enjoy it and skipped over a lot of material because of the size. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by Robert Gardner