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Proof of the Afterlife: The Conversation Continues

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Monsignor Joseph Catrambone, Founder, Guatemala & El Salvador Children Missions:"I was captivated by the book to the point that I did not want it to end. It was hard to put down. There was a sense that I was talking with the Lord. I recommend Proof of the Afterlife by Br. Joseph for all ages. We need more books and authors like this."

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"For thirty minutes, Gary Joseph was dead. 'Proof of the Afterlife' is a Christian and devotional tale as Brother Gary Joseph offers his own testimony to the existence of the afterlife, as he relays his story of his death and return to the world of the living, saying that there is something after and to remember that no one is gone for good, that they wait on the other side. Of metaphysical and Christian interest, 'Proof of the Afterlife' is very much worth considering for anyone looking for tales of real people's brushes with the afterlife." --Midwest Book Review, May 2011

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* * * * *  Featured by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Catholic News Service (CNS)  * * * * *

Catholic News Service, February 22, 2011 . . .  The afterlife is a common topic of discussion for a religious brother in Santa Paula, Calif., since the publication of his book, "Proof of the Afterlife -- The Conversation Continues," a book of hope, forgiveness and mercy.

"People can say, 'Oh that wasn't just a dream.' God was having a conversation with their life," said Brother Gary Joseph, a member of the Servants of the Father of Mercy, an association of vowed and lay members in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Brother Gary said he has had encounters with God and been involved in conversations with the afterlife ever since his "near-death experience" Sept. 27, 2005: At 1:15 a.m., "an out of control" heart arrhythmia caused him to collapse and his heart to stop, and he felt the overpowering presence of God.

In that state, according to his book, he was immersed in the embracing love of Christ and absorbed spiritual messages. When he was resuscitated, Brother Gary said, he awoke and noticed the clock read exactly 1:45 a.m. "I had been like a dead man, immersed in this encounter for exactly 30 minutes," Brother Gary told Catholic News Service in a Feb. 8 telephone interview.

A priest guided him to a spiritual director who at the time was planning on doing a film on spiritual encounters. The spiritual director encouraged Brother Gary to keep a journal and eventually write a book. The manuscript was sent to Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony [Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles] for theological review prior to its publication last November by the Servants of the Father of Mercy.

When people read his book, it helps them to connect the stories and dreams they have had in their life, Brother Gary told CNS. "They never knew how to interpret them."  There was a woman who had told him of her dream about her deceased husband, who was wandering helplessly and in need of her prayers. The book helped her understand the dream, he said.

Saying people have a fear of death, "a fear of dying," and they remain in the dark about it, Brother Gary said he hopes his book will trigger hope for people. "This (book) shows there is proof of the afterlife and what you do in this life will affect you in the next life," he said. In the few months his book has been out, Brother Gary said he has already seen its effect on families in three cases. One family ordered 16 copies to be handed out to other family members and friends.

He believes the book can help people who have a terminal illness, referring to his mother and a cousin, who both fought cancer. "It's a perfect match for those with illness. It can give a lot of hope."

Although the book has been well-received by many, including Cardinal Mahony and the head of the Eternal Word Television Network, Brother Gary sometimes worries people will take it the wrong way.

"I still wonder if people are ready to hear this, that God is talking with us," he said. When asked by CNS how one can tell if an encounter is from God, one's self or the devil, he offered two basic filters to distinguish the difference. He said the first is that the dream, vision or physical encounter will inspire greater acts of charity. Secondly, he said, the experience would increase the person's faith.

Sometimes a person can encounter the devil, he said, but when one says, "Jesus is Lord," the devil will dispel. Since Christmas 2010, "Proof of the Afterlife -- The Conversation Continues" ($19.95, softcover) is being sold by Barnes and Noble in its stores nationwide and online []. Brother Gary said BookMasters also plans to stock the book in its national warehouse in Ashland, Ohio, promoting it to clients such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor and their retail outlet, AtlasBooks.

"All proceeds of the book are going to Servants of the Father of Mercy congregation serving homeless men, women, and children in America with food, water, clothing, blankets and spiritual supplies," said Brother Gary.

The Servants follow the Rule of St. Benedict. The community's religious brothers and sisters take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Its lay members must commit themselves to practicing basic Catholic spirituality and serving homeless people at least five hours a month. -- (Emily Lahr) Catholic News Service (CNS) of U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, February 22, 2011

The book has been featured on SpiritDaily, Catholic Television Network (CTN), Catholic News Service (CNS) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Mediatrix Radio, The Archbishop's Hour - Archdiocese of San Francisco, Archbishop George H. Niederauer, WBZL Jordan Rich Show - Boston, Nite Line - Greenville, SC and many others.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mercy Books, Serv of the Father of Mercy (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061541009X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615410098
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About Brother Gary Joseph, author of Proof of the Afterlife - The Conversation Continues:

Gary Joseph has been a vowed Brother of the Catholic order since 2007. He is the founder of the Servants of the Father of Mercy, an association of vowed and lay members in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The Servants of the Father of Mercy serves homeless men, women, and children in America with food, water, clothing, blankets and spiritual supplies. The Servants follow the Rule of St. Benedict, taking vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and its lay members must commit themselves to practicing basic Catholic spirituality and serving homeless people at least five hours a month.

Br. Joseph's theological training came from both Catholic and Protestant seminaries. He earned a Bachelor's in Theology from Anaheim Christian College, also known as Melodyland School of Theology, a Master's from Central Bible College of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and 48 units of Catholic Theology/Philosophy from St. John's Seminary. He has also completed Ph.D. units of credit in Catholic Moral Law and Ethics at Duquesne University.

Although books of private revelation do not need to receive approval from the Catholic church, Br. Joseph's book Proof of the Afterlife; The Conversation Continues, has received wide acclaim from leaders in the Catholic church including thank you notes from Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Edward Clark as well as reviews from Monsigniors and Priests. He also appeared on "The Archbishop's Hour" (Archdiocese of San Francisco), as well Catholic Television Network and Catholic News Service of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Recounting his near death experience in 2005 and the encounters that have continued weekly ever since, the book shares his message of hope and certainty that there is life after death--one filled with love.

Br. Joseph lives in Southern California where he serves a community of 73,000 + homeless. All proceeds from the sale of Proof of the Afterlife go to the Servants of the Father of Mercy homeless mission.

Out of the Mouths of Children Come Reviews You Can Trust!

On May 16, 2013 Br. Joseph spoke for two hours to St. Mary Magdalene's fourth grade class in Southern California. Because the kids were highly engaged, afterward, a teacher gifted each child a copy of the book. The children had much to say after reading their copies of "Proof of the Afterlife" . . .

+ Thank you Brother Gary for telling that amazing true story. It is so cool to know about that. Love, Isabella
+ One of the things that impressed me was when you saw the gigantic cross. Srensierly, Nathan
+ Brother, [I remember about] love, mercy, marated grace and unmarated grace. Thank you, Nathan K.
+ Brother Gary, Thank you for the speech, it was really cool. Ethan
+ Br. Gary, You were great, you got me in to the book. I read it for like 30 minutes. You took me on a journey. Your Pal, Keanu
+ Dear Brother Gary, Thank you for the wonderful book. Yes, like you said: "If your sister is being mean, go clean her room." Ha, ha, ha, funny! Thanks to you 1000,000,000,000 times 2000, 000, 000,000 = 3000, 000, 000,000 thank yous. Your Fan, Angelina O.
+ Dear Br. Gary, I loved it! I liked it when God talked to you. Your story is inspirering. I love your book! Love, Sydney S.
+ Dear Brother Gary, First of all the book you made was so good that my family read it. The way you put it in such detail, I felt I was with God and with Jesus. All I have to say is thank you! Your Friend, John
+ Dear Brother Gary, Thank you so much for visiting our fourth grade class. My grandma and I are such a big fan of you! I got hom I told my parents and my grandma all about your visit! From Kaela
+ Dear Brother Gary, One of the things that made an impression on me was that said that it was peaceful when you were about your body. I love your book. Love, Paige
+ Thank you Brother Gary, I didn't know your chest could go that high. Your Friend, Stanley
+ Thank you! Mercy made an impression on me. Thank you, you changed the way I look at things. A Student, Isaac
+ Dear Brother Gary, When you said you were peaceful when you were dead, when I'm dead, I want to feel like that. Student Unknown
+ Dear Br. Gary, I remember everything. Thank you for sharing your journey. Love Brandon, P.S. I'm the Philipino man.
+ Dear Brother Gary, I remember when you had to trust God through the darkness, it was my favorite part. From William L.
+ Brother Gary, Thank you! Thank you for the book. I will never forget you and your story was great. God bless, Omari

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Blake VINE VOICE on June 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Proof of the Afterlife: The Conversation Continues" is a beautifully written account of a most unusual experience. In July of 2005 Br.Gary Joseph made a commitment to establish a dialog and relationship with God as a top priority.

Joseph writes to shed light on life-giving communication with God in the midst of commuting, routine activities, and responsibilities to help the reader learn how to hear from God and how to enter into conversation with Him.
He helps the reader understand that the results of these conversations are evidenced by:
* a growing peace in their heart
* an ongoing dialog with God
* and a continuing conversation with deceased and living loved ones

This kind of experience requires:
* a humble heart
* an open mind
* a spirit of "charity" (love)

Brother Gary Joseph s.F.m. draws from dated entries in his personal contemplative journals to relate experiences, reflections, revelations, illuminations, and locutions in his book. He includes his thoughts on miracles of healing, visions, and after death experiences.

The author's writing is engaging, sincere, and articulate. His views are influenced by is training and service within the Catholic community. As the story progresses Brother Gary shares incidents and conversations with his father, mother, brother, cousin, and other family members and friends.

This is a book for anyone in the midst of family concerns, faltering relationships, or other life challenges. "Proof of the Afterlife: The Conversation Continues" offers hope with a message of love, mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation.

In exchange for a fair and honest review I was provided a complimentary review copy of the book by the author.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Autumn Blues Reviews on August 3, 2011
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Proof of the Afterlife is a very comforting book and Brother Joseph is sincere throughout his depictions of his encounters and in his relationship with his family and close friends. This leads me to believe he truly has had all these experiences, as he has written in his book. Soon after his life-after-death experience Gary started to have apparitions, dreams and other out of this world things happen and continue for many years of his life, which he documented. Br Joseph was raised in a very dysfunctional family, with a controlling father, an abusive brother and a mother who never stood up for herself. Gary explains about his struggle to understand and forgive his parents and his brother, all who are now deceased. His greatest conflicts were with his father, who even disowned and refused to visit his own son, Gary's brother, while he lay dying. As his father grew older Gary later tried to get him to have a relationship with God, especially before his father passed on. I found this part of the book to be very emotional and difficult. Br Joseph chose to write and share about his life and this incredible journey, not only to show how he found peace during the most difficult times in his life, but also so others could find comfort in knowing there is life after death. That we may know their is a God who loves us all, even if we think we are not deserving of that love.

When a member of the clergy comes to mind, whether it be a Nun, Priest, Father, Bishop, Cardinal or a Brother like Gary, I have never felt the need to wonder if maybe their parents or brothers or sisters also believe in God. It has never really crossed my mind until I read this book, and now for some reason I find the need to give it thought. God chose Gary to speak directly to, yet he is just like anyone else on this planet.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By I. P. A. Management, Inc. on December 23, 2011
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As a publisher for 26 years it is rare to find an author that inspires, generates new ideas, confirms or challenges one's belief in their faith, and also creates a bit of controversy, all the elements of a successful book. If you want a fairy tale, this book is not for you. However, if you need a bit of reinforcement in your faith, a dose of spiritual inspiration and another way of looking at your own mortality then this book will bring you comfort and peace.

I met Brother Gary through his effort of helping the homeless and when his manuscript was in the early stages. I knew then that this book was destined for success and I wanted to be considered as its publisher. At the time I had just published a children's book entitled: This Bible Talks by Pamela Fischer. This Bible Talks Her book also received the blessings of Cardinal Mahoney. Being considered as the publisher of Proof of the Afterlife, I confirmed Brother Gary's position in the church as well as the endorsement by his Cardinal and receive confirmation. I was not selected as the publisher. However, I wish to challenge a hateful negative review of the book and of Brother Gary himself. It is petty, meant only to discredit the author and this important book.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Simona on February 21, 2011
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The inspiring stories in Proof of the Afterlife give evidence to the importance of our lives and relationships here in this life. What we do here is important and has meaning! Through out the book these amazing stories illustrate the importance of forgiveness, love, and authentic relationship with God and with each other. We will see our loved ones again. Death is not the end. God is real and He cares deeply about us. This is a great read!
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