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The Unanswered Question: Death, Near-Death, and the Afterlife Paperback – November 1, 2002


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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571742999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571742995
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sauropod on February 5, 2003
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Leland offers a detailed overview of his purported out-of-body travels, which, as he freely admits, took the form of dreams. Allegedly he visited realms of existence to which the rest of us will relocate after we die. Trouble is, his accounts differ markedly from those of people with near-dear experiences and from mediumistic information. So whom to believe? Well, the NDEs and the channeled info can at least be verified in certain ways - for instance, if an NDE involves an observation of medical procedures that are later confirmed, or if the medium brings through information about this world that there is no normal way of knowing, then we may perhaps be justified in accepting the rest of the account as trustworthy. Leland's dreams offer no such objectively testable content, so we have to take them on faith.
The author does try to substantiate his views by comparing them with ancient writings on the afterlife and with some NDE accounts, but it's not clear whether his knowledge of these matters may have influenced his dreams in the first place. I also had a great deal of trouble believing that Leland could remember his dreams/travels in such exhaustive detail; he recounts long conversations, which go on for pages, with otherworldly beings called Facilitators. This material reads like fiction or, at the very least, like a highly embellished account of a dream.
On the plus side, the book is well written and presents interesting summaries of esoteric material from many cultures. I just don't buy into Leland's astral traveling.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Skinner on February 15, 2003
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The Unanswered Question is one of those books that I realize I have been waiting my whole life for. As I read the material and integrate it into my mind and my life, I am feeling shifts in my understadning and daily "Ahas!". Leland combines accounts of his experiences in "otherwhere", and specifically what he terms the afterlife, with accounts of near death experiences, the Tibetan Book of the Dead and the Egyptioan Book of the Dead. For just that combination the book is fascinating, but Leland takes us much deeper than that. The understadning of how negative or unexpressed emotions hold us back, or keep us from growing into our soul's purpose is something everyone could take to heart. I find this and the information on how to do this to be the key behind the fascinating topic of the Unanswered Question. As I read the book, I feel myself connecting more to my own soul's purpose in this lifetime and, although not always an easy journey, I welcome it as I sink deeper into my lessons. Kurt Leland has done the world a huge service by recording his experiences and sharing them with us. His analysis and scholarly attention to detail leaves no questions unanswered, in terms of the material in the book. Because this book is so easy to read and so entertaining, I was not prepared for all the shifts that began happeing in my mind and in my life, but as I said before, I have been waiting for this book for a long time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Redelfs on January 9, 2004
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This is an amazing book! I couldn't put it down. Reading it provided a most powerful validation for me. Much of what the author recounted of his own explorations in the Afterlife resonated strongly with many experiences I've been having in the afterlife zones of what I call the astral plane during my own Out-of-Body experiences (or 'Adventures in Consciousness' as Leland calls them.) I've already ordered his previous offering--'OTHERWHERE'--and I'm sure it will be just as fascinating. In this book, Leland offers a 'triangulated' approach--he compares current NDE research, his own experiences, and sources from the Tibetan and Egyptian Books of the Dead, as well as Swedenborg's 'Heaven and Hell'. It's Leland's contention that the NDE experience--though compelling and valid in itself--might not be enough to go on when we're navigating our own post-death journey. His claim that NDE-ers may only be seeing 'death's threshold' seem valid to me. As both an OOBE-er and also having experienced a non-standard and ecstatic NDE myself, I found that I made much more of my NDE because I was already quite practiced at OOB explorations when this event occurred. This is an amazing title, and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking interesting and stimulating perspectives on the afterlife.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "vitality2002" on May 21, 2003
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While it certainly does stand on its own, this book is to some degree a sequel to "Otherwhere" as there are a number of references to that previous book in this one. So if you are seriously interested in out-of-body exploration and the afterlife, my recommendation would be to read "Otherwhere" first. The difference between this book and the first is that this one is a more in-depth and scholarly look at the subject.
A lot of ground is covered here: There are Mr. Leland's own adventures in nonphysical reality which are compelling reading. In addition he delves into areas such as NDE's (near-death experiences), early Christianity, Swedenborg's "Heaven and Hell", Buddhism, and ancient Egyptian beliefs with regard to the afterlife--and then offers us his own relevatory insights into them. I personally found this book to be utterly fascinating and illuminating--and would highly recommend it.
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