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Preparing for Death: The Science of Dying Paperback – May 9, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Science of Truth (May 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936251094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936251094
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,061,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

This book has been removed from direct Amazon distribution but is still available for free from the author (see below).
I believe some of the reviews have mis-characterized the book's contents. It appears they must not have read the book in its entirety, or perhaps cherry-picked the text - as the ebook was offered for free through amazon for some time. 
There are two important issues made clear in the book I believe these reviewers missed. The first is that the information provided is not the author's opinion. Rather, the information comes from ancient teachings passed on for thousands of years from teacher to student and documented among ancient scriptures.
Secondly, I believe these reviewers missed the critical foundation for the basic element of understanding death - that each of us is not the physical body.
The physical body is a temporary vehicle each of us drives around for awhile, and we leave it at the time of death. Scientists have determined that every molecule and atom in our body is recycled within five years. Like a waterfall, the body is changing, yet we remain. We know scientifically that the baby body we had years ago is not the same body we have today. Yet we are still the same person.
Understanding this basic premise can lead one to freedom from death, as we understand that we are spiritual by nature rather than physical. The body may die and decompose but we - the eternal spiritual person - lives on after the body dies.
This fact - that we live on after death - is also supported by modern science, with tens of thousands of documented clinical death events and counting.
To understand that we leave the body after death means looking at death from a completely different perspective. The typical concepts of death relating to graves, burials, and mourning over decomposing bodies are no longer useful. The important question is where we go after death.
This book answers that question, using insights passed down for centuries by an ancient lineage of spiritual teachers. The book's contents are not the author's opinions, and this is clearly stated in the book's introduction and throughout the book.
It appears some of the reviewers chose to lash out because their beliefs collided with some parts of these understandings, or possibly just the notion that we live on after the body dies. Be that as it may.
It should also be noted that the word "science" used in the title relates to the actual science of who we are, rather than the limited physical-sense acquired views and hypotheses of modern scientists - though the book does reference a number of modern and ancient scientists. I agree that the book could have been titled better.
However, understanding who we are is significantly scientific, because if we do not know our identity, what, in fact, do we know?
This said, the author apologizes for any unintentional offending statement in the book, given this sensitive topic. 
The author will continue to offer the ebook for free to those who seek its content. The author can be contacted at gcwadams(at)gmail(dot)com for a free copy.

From the Inside Flap

Chapter One: Who Dies?
What is Death?
What is Life?
The Living Force
Which Body Part is Alive?
Matter versus Life
Recycled Matter
Brain Recognition
The Elderly Contradiction
Emotional Chemistry?
The Observer
Genetic Anomaly
The Inner Self
Chapter Two: The Death of the Mind
Mind versus Self
What is the Mind?
Where is the Mind?
Mind Science
The Mind-Brain Bridge
Mental Death
Mind Games
Mental Escape
Chapter Three: Living after Death
Clinical Death
Out of Body Experiences
The Ancient Knowledge
The Evolution of the Self
Chapter Four: The Science of Faith
Nirvana? Enlightenment?
Our Need for Love
Where is Real Love?
Where is Heaven?
So Where is Hell?
The Perfect Love
Returning Home
For the Skeptics
Chapter Five: The Pain of Death
The Anatomy of Pain
Tolerating Pain
Detaching from Pain
Deathly Pain and Pain Medication
Chapter Six: Our Time for Death
The Biological Necessity of Death
A Timely Message
What Happens when My Body Dies?
Dying in the Hospital
Managing our Body's Death
Our Death Bed
References and Bibliography

Customer Reviews

2.4 out of 5 stars

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janine B on April 4, 2012
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It was not really what I thought it would be but it is a good read if you enjoy this type of book. It is based on the regliious aspect of dying more than the medical aspect which was what I was looking for.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ilse Wenzel on March 9, 2011
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This book appears to have involved much reasearch and is well written with references to science and Christian perspectives on the process of death. After having read the book, I no longer fear death because I am reassured that there is indeed another dimension
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Snoozysuzy on October 18, 2012
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I suggest this book for anyone who doesn't mind thinking about a topic that is often the elephant in the room.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Travis B. Hartwell on May 29, 2012
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I admit I got the book because it was free and the title caught my attention. Not having closely read the book description, I assmed it would be similar to other books that talk of grief and similar.

When i started reading, it wasn't at all what I expected. At the beginning, there were explanations of scienific concepts and I found it intriguing. Then I started wondering about the book's veracity and agenda when any research cited that used animals was described as cruel. It's not that I agree or disagree with the characterization, but the judgment felt out of place with the tone of the material thus far presented.

Then it became clear that the book was about the author's spiritual opinions. Ideas such as reincarnation are presented as fact as much as any scientific research. As both a scientific and religious person, I am comfortable reading the two and drawing conclusions. I don't have to agree with something entirely to get benefit from a spiritually-minded text. But I found the tone of the book entirely too jarring, going from explanations of biological systems to instructions on what you should do at death both in the same tone.

I found the material at the beginning of the book interesting and informative. Even some of the author's spiritual views were things that gave me things to think about. But the anner in which the conclusions on what one should do were drawn just made me uncomfortable.
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