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Stephen Lives!: His Life, Suicide, and Afterlife Paperback – April 1, 1993


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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: New Paradigm Pr; First Edition by New Paradigm Press edition (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963496433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963496430
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,152,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anne Puryear is an ordained minister, therapist and writer. She is an internationally renowned psychic and the co-founder and Vice President of Logos World University Church in Scottsdale, AZ.

Customer Reviews

When she does admit shortcomings, it's in a very manipulating passive-agressive way.
lucas cumb
Stephen says that our loved ones on the other side are desperately trying to reach out to us, the living, but that we are simply nonreceptive.
Scholar0a
It would be interesting to hear from a teenager who has read the book, and whether or not it helped them see this.
Cielia Hatch

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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Bravo VINE VOICE on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought this was a wonderful book. I will attempt to explain why by commenting on several other comments that have been made here.
The reviewers who hated this book seem to be concentrated in two distinct camps: (1) Those that hated the book because it was dictated by a "dead" person-- and this does not conform to their personal beliefs about the afterlife and (2) Those who hated this book because the son, Stephen, seems to be having a great time in the afterlife-- and therefore it seems to them that this book actually ENDORSES suicide. I would like to comment on these two ideas.
First, there are a group of reviewers who call this book junk because a "dead" boy is speaking to his mother-- at best, the negative reviewers say that the mother is delusional with grief, at worst that she is crazy. There is no way that we can prove one way or another if this is true or not-- that is, whether a boy is actually communicating from beyond the grave. However, to dismiss the claim so peremptorily with such comments as "Stephen doesn't live anywhere except in the fanciful mind of his mother, the author" and "This is new age tripe at it's worst" is not only dismissing the author, but almost every major world religion-- Christianity, Islam and Judaism all purport a belief in life after death. I am not an expert on Islam, but there are examples in both the Old and New Testament of so-called after-death communication. So to call this book "New Age tripe" simply because the author claims to have had an experience which has been reported in holy literature for over 4000 years is simply incorrect. After-death communication is not even close to "New" Age-- in fact, it is very "Old" Age.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cielia Hatch on November 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you are wondering whether or not you will love or hate this book after reading many of the very disparate opions written here, I hope to clear it up a bit...

Firstly, if you are an admamant atheist, forget it.

If you are a fundamentalist Christian, not for you.

However, if you are an openminded skeptic, much like myself, who is interested in the existence of near death experiences and other kinds of strange and unexplainable paranormal occurances, you might like the book, or at least be interested.

If you have just suffered a loss of a loved one very recently (say, within 6 - 12 months) perhaps this book might be a little much to take all in one gulp, if you don't agree with the beliefs. I myself do agree with many of the beliefs and that's why I gave this book such a high rating. Some of the beliefs in the book are: 1. Life after death exists. Communication with souls who have crossed over is possible. 2. Suicide is not an option for young people because it causes so much pain for those left behind. (However, for older people with chronic fatal illnesses it is different)

I think that a lot of the reason that people did not like this book is because they may have focused more on the suicide notes that Stephen left behind, and not the tormented words of his mother. These notes are sad, yes, but in Stephen's twisted way, he tried to make light of the situation and made lots of jokes and thought everything would be better once he died. The notes are truly sad and I think we should try to remember how naive he was at 15 years of age. I lost one of my best friends to suicide, and I am sure that she thought she would be better off "over there" because she was in so much mental anguish.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2001
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I actually bought this book twice. The first time I read it I gave my copy to a mother who lost her child though suicide who my son had the unfortunate circumstance to have found this child dead. This book was highly recommended by the voice of God in Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsh. This is why I bought it. I purchased a second copy to read again. I only am writing this review after reading all the negative reviews on this book. I can only imagine that this book could bring comfort to any parent who has lost a child. If you believe in the afterlife, then this book will offer great comfort. I know for a fact that loved ones return after they die. It has happened too many times in my own life to be just a coincidence. I really feel sorry for people who have so much negativity in their lives and can't see or don't want to see the light. This book is not for everyone. That much is obvious a lot of the reviews that I have read. Kudos to Anne Puryear for having the courage to write it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dawn on July 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have also lost a child, an 11-year old, to suicide, and reading books like this are the only things that really help. I know my son also contacts me, and Steven's story confirms that. The negative reviews must have come from people who have not lost children to suicide; therefore, they have no idea what they are talking about. A book like this really hits home. If there is a book out there on this subject, I own it, and this books helps. There is nothing positive about suicide in this book, in fact, I WOULD give it to someone who was thinking about suicide, as reading this book might make a change for the better.
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