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“A lucid, engrossing memoir from a psychologist and philosopher dedicated to the afterlife. . . . The supernatural undertones saturating the narrative are dwarfed by an overwhelming sense that this eccentric visionary just might be on to something . . . the fascinating life story of an impassioned mystical maverick.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[In Paranormal] Moody… looks back, reflecting on his fascination with death, the effect of his life’s work, and trying to figure out what it’s all meant. One key revelation: … the psychologist and philosopher…says he has ‘woken up to God.’” (Religious News Service)

“Raymond Moody radically changed the way modern humans think about the afterlife. In Paranormal, he sums up his journey and shares fresh insights. The result is a thrilling and inspiring literary experience. Anyone who is not grateful for Moody’s immense contribution to human welfare ought to check his pulse.” (Larry Dossey, MD, Author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions)

“Paranormal is the fascinating and heart-warming story of Dr. Raymond Moody’s extraordinary life, chronicling the exciting journey that has given us some of the strongest evidence that life after death is a reality. I highly recommend it.” (Jeffrey Long, M.D., author of Evidence of the Afterlife)

“Raymond’s Moody lifetime pioneering activities have been the major impulse for all later research that has been attributed to breaking the scientific and social taboo about near-death experiences, shared death experiences, and the possibility of contact with deceased relatives.” (Pim van Lommel, author of Consciousness Beyond Life)

“The personal story of Raymond’s life before and during his pioneering research into what happens at the point of death—once again expertly written by Paul Perry—will help every reader better understand their own search for the same answers.” (Dannion Brinkley, author of Secrets of the Light)

“Best known as the man who coined the phrase ‘near-death experience’ . . . Moody is candid and upfront about his life working with near-death experiences, past-life regression, and mirror gazing . . . an interesting addition to any library.” (Library Journal)

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From the bestselling author of Life After Life and pioneer researcher and leading authority on near-death experiences comes Paranormal, an intimate look at a lifetime spent fearlessly wrestling with humankind’s most important and perplexing question:

What happens when we die?

Paranormal begins with a harrowing account of Moody’s suicide attempt—due to an undiagnosed illness that led him into depression—and proceeds to explore his lifelong fascination with life beyond our bodies. Moody traces the roots of his obsession with the point of death and how, at age twenty-three, he launched the entirely new medical field of near-death studies. He went on to explore the world of past lives and possible reincarnation before stumbling into the fascinating realm of facilitated visions. Moody’s rural research center, Theater of the Mind, dramatically advances paranormal research by melding ancient and modern techniques to arouse many of the transformative elements of the near-death experience in people who are still living.

After more than four decades of studying death and the possibility of an afterlife, Moody still sees endless promise in the fringes of psychological sciences, where he continues to seek answers to what happens to our souls after death.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006204642X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062046420
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raymond Moody

Raymond Moody, M.D., Ph.D. is the bestselling author of eleven books which have sold over 20 million copies. His seminal work, Life After Life, has completely changed the way we view death and dying and has sold over 13 million copies worldwide. His latest book is GLIMPSES OF ETERNITY: Sharing a Loved One's Passage from this Life to the Next.
Dr. Moody is the leading authority on the "near-death experience"--a phrase he coined in the late seventies. He is best known for his ground-breaking work on the near-death experience and what happens when we die. The New York Times calls Dr. Moody "the father of the near-death experience."
Dr. Moody has enlightened and entertained audiences all over the world for over three decades. He lectures on such topics as: Near Death Experiences, Death With Dignity, Life After Loss, Surviving Grief & Finding Hope, Reunions: Visionary Encounters With Departed Loved Ones, The Healing Power of Humor, The Loss of Children, The Logic of Nonsense, and Catastrophic Tragedies & Events causing collective grief response.
In addition to his writing and lecturing, he is in the private practice of philosophical counseling and consulting on dying. Dr. Moody also trains hospice workers, clergy, psychologists, nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals on matters of grief recovery and dying. He helps people to identify systems of support and to cope with their anxiety, grief, and loss through better understanding of mourning and bereavement.
Dr. Moody received his medical degree from the College of Georgia and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Virginia where he also received his M.A. and B.A.
He is the recipient of many awards including the World Humanitarian Award and a bronze medal in the Human Relations category at the New York Film Festival for the movie version of Life After Life.
Dr. Moody is a frequent media guest and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show three times, as well as on hundreds of other local and nationally syndicated programs such as MSNBC: Grief Recovery, Today, ABC's Turning Point, and hundreds more.

Paul Perry
Paul Perry is the co-author of four New York Times bestsellers, including Saved by the Light (which was made into a popular movie) and Evidence of the Afterlife. He has co-authored five books with Dr. Raymond Moody, including a memoir Paranormal, due to be published in February 2012. His books have been published in more than 30 languages around the world.
Paul is also a documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on worldwide television. His best known film, Jesus, the Lost Years was first the subject of a book he wrote for Random House, which follows the trail believed to be used by the Holy Family as they fled into Egypt to escape the murderous soldiers of King Herod. He has produced and directed several other films, including one on 18th Century piracy in Madagascar that aired on History Channel in 2011.
His most recent work, Afterlife, explores mankind's most nagging question, What happens when we die? This and other questions about the Afterlife are scientifically explored through modern research into near-death experiences. Through interviews with noted researchers Raymond Moody, MD, PhD, and Jeffrey Long, MD, this documentary explores the evidence of the afterlife using insightful interviews with researchers, emotional case studies, and crisply done re-creations.
"NDEs are spiritual events of staggering magnitude and complexity that have the power to change our attitudes toward death and life" says director Paul Perry. "There are reasons people are transformed when they return from a brush with death, one of which is the confidence they gain in knowing that a fresh new world awaits our last heartbeat. Another, especially for the physically ill, is the discovery that we leave our body behind and continue on as spirits free of earthy pain."
Paul is a graduate of Arizona State University, Antioch University in Los Angeles, and a former fellow at the prestigious Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University in New York City. He taught magazine writing at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, and was Executive Editor at American Health magazine, a winner of the National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Since becoming a full-time writer, Paul has written or co-written more than 20 books on a variety of topics, including biography, health, medical science, and history.

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I have read a few of Dr. Moody's books and was eager to read this one when it was released. What a life he has lead in pursuit of answers to life after death! And in this book he mentions something I had never heard of - shared near death experiences! Relatives who have gathered around the deathbed of a loved one and experienced another dimension much like the one who is passing experiences. It kind of puts the kabash on those who say it's a lack of oxygen in the brain or some kind of chemical reaction in the brain at the time of death. Not so if the relatives are experiencing similar things at the same time! I took care of my 85 year old Mom when she was bed bound and watched her reach up as if to hug someone above her. She would turn her head, smile, and say "Daddy!". I am certain that there is another dimension that we pass over to and it is a comforting thought! And I'm glad Dr. Moody finally got the thyroid diagnosis he needed, even though late in his life! There is just so much we still don't know, but thank goodness for researchers like Dr. Moody who keep pursuing the truth!
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Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife by Raymond Moody and Paul Perry is the story of Raymond Moody's lifelong journey into the paranormal. This is the man who coined the term "near death experience" and his life is without a doubt, highly interesting.

This is an exceptional read for anyone interested in the paranormal, especially concerning "near death experiences" and past lives. Even though it doesn't go into too much detail about either subject (he has other books for that), enough is given for anyone to grasp the ideas if they haven't learned much about them.

The journey Moody takes us on in this book is on his own life. He describes how he was raised as a boy and shows how that influenced his beliefs as an adult. As a young adult, he was interested in philosophy and astronomy, and eventually became interested in medicine as well. The paranormal field has been improved greatly thanks to this interest because he was able to link together the phenomena of "near death experiences" into something that happens to people when they have a near death experience. Catchy phrase, huh?

I especially enjoyed reading the parts of the book about past lives. This book is about Moody's journey, so naturally he also described some of his past lives that he has delved into from hypnotic regressions. Most people just have "ordinary" past lives, and as he puts it, we can't all be Cleopatra or Napoleon. His may not have been to that height, but are still quite fascinating reading about.

As someone who has read a very large amount of books on the paranormal, this is one that I really think stands out. I highly recommend it for everyone interested in the paranormal to read.

* Thank you to the publisher of Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife, Harper One, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Raymond Moody' can legitimately claim to be father of the Near Death Experience movement, coining the phrase in his seminal work Life After Life (more than ten million copies sold). In Paranormal, Dr. Moody (with the help of Paul Perry) tells the story of his interesting life. Raised during the Forties in Georgia, by an abusive father and depressive mom, he first showed an interest in death at age four. He later became "hooked on death" and devoted himself to research on spiritual events such as out of body and near-death experiences. He also got involved with past-life therapy. Moody recounts his own past lives, such as a hunter of mammoths, a murder victim, and asian artist.

Moody is candid about his struggles, including a suicide attempt. Later he discovered it was caused by a thyroid condition which leads to depression. Now in his sixties, Moody continues his research bringing his strong mind to this important research. I'm confident anyone interested in Near Death and after-life experiences will find this memoir an absorbing read.

If you like this book, other books you might like that I've read and recommend: Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Matter and Mind which takes some focus, but will be of interest to those with a scientific bent) and I Walked to the Moon and Almost Everybody Waved: The Curiously Inspiring Adventures of a Free Spirit Who Changed Lives; somewhat the opposite. Great stories and moving account someone devoting themselves to a life of love/spirit.
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I get the impression that Dr. Moody wrote this book to provide his long-time readers with a sense of closure in their relationship with him and his research. By providing autobiographical insights into his life, I better appreciate the integrity and motivations behind his life's work. To him, I would like to say "thank you" for addressing an important topic whose time has again come.

The book not only provided the historical and philosophical context within which the author entered the study of near death experiences (NDE's), but caused me a bit of pain in learning of his troubled relationship with his father, and a life-long struggle with a thyroid deficiency which disrupted his relationships, made him the victim of an unscrupulous financial manager, and took him past the brink of suicide.

As important as his studies of near death experiences and related paranormal incidents, the written review of his life is equally fascinating. For in studying his life, we might better understand both our own, and the lives of countless others. And that is truly a gift to humanity.
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