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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Kamlak Center (January 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972100539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972100533
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... an inspiring, sensitively told story, opening the door for our whole culture to a new way of living." -- Anne Baring, Co-author of The Myth of the Goddess and The Mystic Vision

"This book ... provides a remarkable blueprint for coping with the challenges posed by the 21st century." -- Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Saybrook Graduate School

"Dr. Kovacs has joined the growing ranks of academic, medical, and scientific professionals who are increasingly researching and exploring the capacities of the human mind. Her experiences and conclusions pose a giant step forward in understanding ourselves and the mysteries of other dimensions. You will be moved by her personal loss, insights, discoveries, and conclusion that 'Love and life are indestructible.' This is a book you need to read." --Joel Martin, Co-author of Love Beyond Life and National Bestseller We Don't Die

"... this is much more than a book about death, it is a book about life and a powerful call to connect with deeper orders of reality, to live our lives as consciously as possible, and to play our part in the healing of humanity and of the earth." --David Lorimer, Former Director of the Scientific & Medical Network, UK

"The Miracle of Death is about liberation, love and creativity and will transform all those who have the courage to accept 'inner experiences which have no validation in the outer world.'" --Evelyn Elsaesser-Valarino, Co-Author with Kenneth Ring of Lessons from the Light

About the Author

Betty J. Kovacs received her PhD from the University of California-Irvine, in comparative literature and theory of symbolic language. She studied and taught in Europe and the United States. She studied the spiritual traditions of prehistory and indigenous cultures and worked with shamans from the Amazon and the Andes in Peru. She served on the board of directors of the Jung Society of Claremont in California. She presented Experiencing the Mystery of Death—and Life at the 8th Scientific & Medical Network Beyond the Brain Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, England (2009). Other seminars in which she has participated include Deeper Orders of Reality: Creating Our Future and The Feminine Dimension of the Divine.

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I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something deeper to read.
Lori Soard
Throughout the book she compassionately relates her grief and her pathway to a deeper understanding of life and death.
Harold McFarland
If we could all love each other this deep, I know this world would be much better for it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Rose Bird on July 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
There is Nothing but Life: to experience this essential truth is to experience the miracle of death, this premise is profound and its ramifications pave the way for an original framework for conceptualizing death suitable for the 21st century. "The Miracle of Death" begins with Kovacs' powerful moment, the call saying her son had been in an accident and that his condition is "very serious." Dr. Kovacs turns her grief into a lesson for all of us to be aware, trust in dreams, strive to understand artistic expression and to trust intuition. While the miraculously synchronized events that unfold in the book are unlikely to happen to all of us, the author uses events leading to death as tools to teach us how to recognize the language of both fate and coincidence. Kovacs deals with some of the most difficult topics humans ever encounter, with aplomb and resolve.
Dr. Kovacs' interpretations and analysis sometimes are weighed down by New Age jargon that masks underlying emotion, rendering the text difficult to penetrate. The author is most engaging when she falls back on her background in literature and writing, that is, when she delves into personal narrative. Kovacs personal accounts propel the reader to turn each page eagerly and as we move through the difficulties with her, respect for her courageous attitude mounts. Losing a child is something dreadful and unexpected but the author turns this and other equally horrific tragedies in her life into moments of inspiration, clarity, vision and even joy.
There is a unique blend of western and nonwestern thought in this book. Dr. Kovacs often reflects on the work of Carl Jung yet she also utilizes the Native American Medicine Wheel, Celtic Spirituality and Ancient Egyptian belief systems. Dr.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have known Dr. Kovacs--Betty, of course to all those who know and love her--for--it will be forty years this fall. She has been a teacher to me and a guide. She is a great teller of stories--that ancient form of human expression that, along with myth and ritual, poetry and song, dance and music, speaks to us on a level more immediate than the verbal. That she leaves out mention of this form in her delineation on page six is perhaps a slip of modesty.

She has found her voice here in this wonderful and amazing recollection of a miracle that she experienced, recorded, transcribed, and now relates to us as the wise shaman of old often did around the prehistoric campfire, night after night, our faces warm, our eyes dancing with the flames, and our ears tuned to the voice of wisdom, mystery, experience, awe and spirituality.

"The Bard," as Betty calls this speaker, this charmer, this weaver of words--words that skip past the rational mind, dodge ordinary consciousness, to light into the very soul of the listener, is none other than herself, an expert on myth and culture telling us what was, what is and what will be, for herself, for those she loved and for those who loved her, and now for readers of this book. (A beautifully presented book, by the way, meticulously edited and artfully designed, clearly written, every word weighed and weighed again, and every sentence polished.)

Sometimes it is the smallest thing, a sudden rustle in the trees, the fall of rain out of a cloudless sky that awakens us to a realization of the extraordinary depth of things. In Zen this is seen as Enlightenment, something that comes and goes and comes again until perhaps we are ready and then it stays.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Henry Berry on April 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
THE MIRACLE OF DEATH by Betty J. Kovacs, Ph.D., Foreword by Anne Baring. Kamlak Center, Claremont, CA 91711-4716. 2003. appendices, notes, resources, bibliography, index.
Betty Kovacs uses her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Theory of Symbolic Language from the University of California at Irvine and position as member of the Board of Directors of the Jung Society of Claremont, CA, to understand the mystery and the tragedy of the death of her son Pisti. Kovacs' husband Istvan shared in the journey to a profound understanding of this momentous event in their lives. "The Miracle of Death" has much broader appeal than its apparent New-Age topic. It will draw as well readers interested in grieving and grief studies, women's memoirs, family studies, and psychological and spiritual journeys and quests. Kovacs cites historical and mythological studies, individual experiences surrounding death, and cutting-edge science to support a radical change in the way we think about death and life.
In the course of her revelations, Kovacs came to realize that her formal education and professional activity had imposed limitations on her understanding. She felt her customary ways of thinking and comprehending breaking down under the impact of her son's untimely death. Moving beyond her past experiences and learning, she became open to experiences and aspects of reality she had been blind to. A short passage of Christopher Fry quoted by Kovacs summarizes her journey and what she learned--"...there is an angle of experience where the dark is distilled into light...." Kovacs found that angle. In so openly, honestly, and sensitively relating her experience in assimilating the meaning of her son's death, Kovacs can also open the reader's life to ordinarily buried dimensions of existence and experience.
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Betty J. Kovacs received her Ph.D. from UC Irvine, in Comparative Literature and Theory of Symbolic Language. She studied and taught in Europe and the U.S. She studied the spiritual traditions of prehistory and indigenous cultures and worked with shamans from the Amazon and the Andes in Peru. She served on the Board of Directors of the Jung Society of Claremont in California. She presented Experiencing the Mystery of Death--and Life at the 8th Scientific & Medical Network "Beyond the Brain" Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, England (2009). Other seminars: Deeper Orders of Reality: Creating Our Future and The Feminine Dimension of the Divine. More on Dr. Kovacs is available at www.kamlak.com.

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