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Reconciled by the Light: The After - Death Letters from a Teen Suicide [Kindle Edition]

Ron Pappalardo
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The author's 17-year-old son commits suicide. Through mediumship, the son reveals his thoughts, his fate, and describes what life is like in the spirit world. An uplifting story of hope provides guidance for handling grief and finding peace.

Product Details

  • File Size: 213 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0557089697
  • Publisher: Ron Pappalardo (May 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081WAL0S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reconciled by the Light January 28, 2010
I believe it must have been incredibly difficult to write this book without agony. Work like that is not for the faint of heart, and readers, but especially the newly bereaved, can be encouraged that there is light at the end of a long, painful journey.

The book is very short and gives a factual account of Josh -- Mr. Pappalardo's deceased son - last days on earth, his death, and the days following his funeral. Then it becomes an account of Mr. Pappalardo's special quest to find and reconcile with his son, and his consequent efforts to bridge the great divide between the physical and spiritual worlds.

A poignant chapter is the account of Mr. Pappalardo's preparation to read Josh's first letter. In it, the heart of a father aching to meet and embrace his son, and the incredible longing of the parental heart is bared for the reader. The information Josh brings from the spiritual world is reassuring and comforting. There is always residual fear about a realm we have not experienced personally. Josh -- through a number of mediums -- tells stories about his transition and growth, the friends he met and the help he received. He talks to his parents and siblings with love, humor and a new found wisdom, and he also gives advice to his former school friends. It is an incredible journey, and it is an honor to be taken along such a path.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely Poignant, Ultimately Hopeful Telling January 2, 2010
In this real life account and reflection written by his father, Joshua (Pappalardo) is the "typical troubled teenager" who makes that one, most unimaginable, and very fatal decision. However, as the whole story is told and through Josh's letters "from the other side" he also becomes - transformed through his journey "within the light" (of knowledge, forgiveness and love). It is a uniquely poignant telling, yet ultimately hopeful in both a metaphysical as well as that most basic, painfully human sense. The journey for the Pappalardo family no doubt continues. I pray and hope that parents, friends and others who are hurting, even "broken" by such tragedy and sorrow, will find this book. Let every Joshua be found. And let every parent, child, and loved one, be fully reconciled . . . within the light.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book! November 27, 2010
Anyone who has had a loved one die and who misses them, should read Reconciled by the Light. It is Ron Pappalardo's beautiful account of the healing of his relationship with his son, Josh, following his son's suicide. It is impossible to absolutely prove the existence of life after death, but this book provides thoughtfully-written and very persuasive evidence of three crucial things. The first is that the people we love do not in fact, disappear into oblivion after they pass from this life -- they are born into a new life! The second is that, by Heaven's grace, those whom we love are often able to continue growing, and indeed can find increasing happiness and joy in their new lives. The third is that sometimes we are given the grace to be able to hear from our loved ones who have passed on, and that they benefit from our love and prayers just as we can benefit from theirs.

If you miss or long for someone who has passed from this life -- a spouse, a parent, a brother or sister, a friend -- you need to read this book. I believe that it will give you a lot of insight and hope!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book December 15, 2011
This book is wonderful, tremendously comforting for anyone dealing with the pain of losing a loved one through suicide. The author describes his experience of losing a child and ultimately discovering that death is not the end, that life goes on beyond the grave.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down December 18, 2012
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Excellent read. Ron walks the reader thru what could have been unrecoverable event info the light of spiritual understanding and peace. A light and energy so strong that it must be shared. This book and Ron have become a vehicle for the divine and a comfort for those among us who have shared this pain. For this his writings are truly a gift that the world and I thank him for. Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful May 21, 2012
This book had to have been very difficult to write, my Son also left this plane by his own choice in August 2011. It continues to be a painful journey for me to come to grips with my only child hurting so badly he felt death was his only way out. It was a comfort to read the feelings and physical trauma such a death of a child causes from another parent's perspective. I cried several times while reading this book, both in hope that my Son is developing as Joshua is, and in relief that what I felt, and still feel today is normal, counselors say as much, but hearing it from another parent is different somehow. Thank you Ron, for having the courage to put your feelings and thoughts into writing and sharing Joshua with the rest of us, I know he must be even more proud to have you for his dad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking but a necessary read April 1, 2012
By Molly
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A must-read for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide - and even moreso for anyone contemplating suicide. While it's by and large a comforting book, it doesn't shy away from the heartbreak of the family, or the soul suffering caused by such a death on the victim.
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About the Author

Ron Pappalardo has been published in several North Carolina newspapers and periodicals including The News and Observer, Raleigh, and the Greensboro News and Record. A history graduate of the University of the State of New York's Regent's College, he also studied religious education at the Unification Theological Seminary in New York State. His decades of work promoting political and religious reconciliation have brought him to numerous nations including Russia, Uzbekistan, Korea, Japan, and Honduras. He resides in Cary, North Carolina with his wife and three surviving children. Reconciled by the Light is his first published book.

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