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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; Book Club Edition edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608681602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608681600
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Assante is a bit unusual. Not only is she a medium; she has a PhD from Columbia, and her focus of study is Near Eastern history. That puts her in a position to understand the death traditions of the ancient world, and, of course, as a medium, she can speak directly to the dead. Even if not every reader believes that, Assante’s book offers many fascinating insights into death and dying. She covers not only near-death experiences but also discusses reincarnation, what death feels like, ways to empower yourself to “a good death,” and the role of religion in death practices. There is also much here about communicating with the dead, including plenty of anecdotal evidence. The conversational style and “insider” information make this easy to read, and though skeptics might laugh, those inclined to believe will find this account both comforting and useful. And, on more of a global level, the book’s concluding chapter, “What Would the World Look Like without the Fear of Death?,” is insightful and thought-provoking. --Ilene Cooper


“Social historian Assante, who is also a medium, has penned what may be the most important book on the enigma of death since the groundbreaking work of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross....An outstanding read.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Throughout history, the fear of death has caused more suffering for human beings than all the physical diseases combined. You are holding in your hands the cure for this suffering. Some books transform lives. This one may transform a planet.”
Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words and The One Mind

“A convincing glimpse of nonlocal reality, which may be the essence of our immortal being.”
Deepak Chopra, author of Spiritual Solutions and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

The Last Frontier presents a brilliant combination of three categories of evidence for survival of consciousness after death — the science, the history, and personal experience....Exceptionally well grounded and accessible, it offers an important contribution to our understanding of death, dying, and beyond.”
Dean Radin, author of The Conscious Universe and Entangled Minds

“Unveils the afterlife as a realm of unlimited possibility, expanded awareness, and ineffable love.”
Dianne Arcangel, author of Afterlife Encounters and coauthor (with Raymond Moody) of Life After Loss

“Julia Assante helps us to approach death in ways that enlarge life, and to grow our ability to step between worlds and have timely and helpful contact with those who are living on the other side....She succeeds magnificently in a venture that is of urgent and essential relevance to all of us.”
Robert Moss, author of The Dreamer’s Book of the Dead and Dreaming the Soul Back Home

More About the Author

Julia Assante is both a mystic and a scholar. She is a professional intuitive with four decades of experience with the afterlife, a past-life therapist, and an Interfaith minister. Her accuracy scores from clinical tests on telepathy and remote viewing (Columbia University) were off the charts. She teaches workshops in the US and Europe.

Academically, Julia is a specialist of the ancient Near East (PhD Columbia). She has taught at Columbia, Bryn Mawr, and the University of Münster, published in many academic journals, and lectured worldwide. Her breakthrough interpretations of magico-religious rites have provoked revisions in all scholarship of antiquity.

Customer Reviews

Come on... I believe this wonderful book will change lives, and, in doing so, may even change the world.
John Burch
Having spent my life in science and actually not particularly caring about documented research, it was again Dr. Assante's personal experience that spoke to me.
Robert Keller
I appreciated the solid work upon which this book is based and Assante's ability to share it compassionately and professionally.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Steven D. Raymond on November 14, 2012
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I worked as a registered nurse in intensive care units, emergency departments, oncology units and seven years in AIDS units in the earlier days when death was the quick outcome. So I have a very grounded view of death as it occurs in hospitals, and I accepted near-death experiences as real after hearing enough accounts, and especially in seeing the transformative effects when people accept them as real instead of a hallucination or bizarre dream.

Julia's book takes the understanding of death to a new level...I could say "deeper" level, but I really mean to a "More Accessible" level. And I love it. I love it because our society is afraid to engage discussions of death, and we tuck it away and sanitize it because we are afraid of it. One result is that our population buys into a false promise that is offered by high tech medical care near the end-of-life. Instead of living the last phase of this life completing emotional and spiritual business, practical business, and enjoying the company and love of friends, too many people spend several nightmarish weeks or a few months in torturous circumstances in an intensive care unit, and then die. And I can tell you, it can get to be downright barbaric, and all because we chase an empty promise of continued life because we are terrified of death. High tech medicine has its place, but it is extremely overused, to the detriment of families and patients, and with enormous financial costs to our society.

Julia is both a mystic and a scholar, and she skillfully weaves a compelling understanding that the dead are not gone, and that we can communicate with them. I have used Julia's method to communicate with my parents and two deceased friends. Was it all within my psyche, or was I actually communicating with them?
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jae Clark on November 7, 2012
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I read Dr. Moody's ground breaking book "Life after Life" a few decades ago and recall his closing comment that it would be the one and only time he would discuss the afterlife. Time and the demand to know more has kept him as a pioneer as a result of our deepening desire to "know" what we become after this thing called "life". More recently a neurosurgeon has stepped out of the world of provable science to share his experience on the "other side".

Dr. Assante's book has taken our understanding in many more directions. Historically rich, profoundly readable and deeply engaging. At each turn she is able to help the reader find comfort in her words and information. I am prepared now to take the leap in exploring my ability to step beyond the veil.

Thank you Julia for the honest portrayal of your own experiences and for letting all of us know that we too are, and have always been, capable of learning the path to communicate with those who have passed before us.

This is a MUST READ!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ken Korczak on January 6, 2013
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This book recommends that everyone speak to the dead, and I agree. I'll be blunt: I've tried speaking to the dead, and I'm happy to report that it works. And, yes, they talk back. If a cynical, hard-headed skeptic like me who loves empirical science and rational thought can speak to the dead and gain value from it, then anyone can.

Not only is it possible to speak to the dead, but it will make you feel absolutely on top of the world. I'm not kidding. Having a conversation with a dead loved one - or any deceased person - is like undergoing a terrific psychological cleansing. It's amazingly uplifting.

Even if you absolutely cannot believe that the dead live on somehow -- on another plane or in some kind of afterlife -- and even if you are the ultimate rational atheist, you can still benefit greatly from speaking to the dead. If you don't believe me, try it. You might be a super rational, empirical materialist, but still, I dare you - I double dog dare you - to use some of the methods this author, JULIA ASSANTE suggests for contacting the dead.

So this is a pretty terrific book. What I like about it most is the author's dogged insistence that the issue of death should be a positive and uplifting subject in our society. Death, dying and being dead is something which should be stripped of the fear and sense of the macabre our mainstream culture has overlaid on all things to do with it. As the author says, our two greatest achievements in life are probably being born and dying - and death is definitely not the end.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Tymn VINE VOICE on October 24, 2012
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As I see it, trying to understand the nature of reality is like working on a very abstract jigsaw puzzle of a thousand or more pieces. Joining the edges together is a task in itself. Inside those margins, the verisimilitude is mind boggling. Most people might as well be doing it blindfolded. But this book is a puzzle solver, assisting the open-minded seeker of truth to more easily identify the interlocking pieces. As they mysteriously join together, the reader begins to see a picture taking shape, even if it is a bit elusive at times. After all, how does one visualize a reality in which there is no time, at least as we know it? How do we visualize the infinite, the eternal, or Oneness? Then again, how does one visualize the Internet?

Basically, as the subtitle states, the book is about "exploring the afterlife and transforming our fear of death." In addition to being an academic, having taught at Columbia, Bryn Mawr, and the University of Münster in Germany, the author is a professional intuitive, medium, and past-life therapist. Most books on the subject of death and the afterlife are by either researchers or by experiencers of one kind or another, but Assante offers an interesting blend of both science and spirituality, often relating personal experiences with the dying and the dead. For example, she tells of being at the deathbed of her father and feeling a tugging at her solar plexus, from which a cord composed of strands of energy was issuing. "The tugging turned into an abrupt and clear snap, as if some unseen force had pulled it out," she relates, adding that it "then followed my father upward, like streams of billowing smoke" before disappearing along with him into thin air.
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