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Title is misleading!
on January 20, 2010
The subtitle of this book states it is comprised of "compelling reports from those who have glimpsed the after-life." This is patently untrue. In fact, there are only TWO (2!) such reports (pages 52 and 69-70 for the curious). Other than those two accounts, all further quotes are from other writers -- the ones who have actually DONE the research. This is a pastiche of others' work, fluffed out with endless 24-point titles and 20-point subtitles and 18-point sub-sub-titles; further endless bulleted lists that give a pseudo-scientific appearance to the text which is otherwise anything but scientific; rather statements of the author's own personal beliefs and conclusions.
For example, let me quote from page 33:
"At the risk of giving away the ending before I even start, let me share the picture that I(italicized) have drawn from the dots:
*The human person is an irreducible union of matter and spirit.
*Upon death, the person continues to exist, albeit in an unnatural state.
*Depending on the choices made in this life, one spends eternity with God or in self-imposed separation from God.
*At some point, the soul of the person animates a body again, but one which is free of earthly imperfections and also capable of restoring you to the fullness of the person you were on earth (this last idea is a central tenet of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and can only be justified on the basis of acceptance of a specific claim of divine revelation)."
In addition to the grammatical errors of the last point, I see no evidence in other NDE accounts of the reanimation of the body! In actuality, this text is about dissing "physicalists"("fundamaterialists", "relataivists," "naturalists," and New Age "reincarnationists" -- the last rather puzzling, considering his own above-stated philosophy.
Then the author departs from the subject matter entirely, with long, boring chapters on "universal testimony" -- citing beliefs of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, China, Africa, Persia; then analyses of Judaism, Christianity (with long digressions on purgatory, intercession of the saints, and resurrection of the body), followed by a whole chapter on "visitations" -- Medjugorje, Kibeho, St. Faustina Kowalska -- I personally have stopped reading the book by now and am just skimming the voluminous headings, reading a paragraph here and there, finding that this book is little more than a summary of one man's personal opinion.
Bottom line? Save your money ... or spend it on other far more worthy books on the subject, such as Long's "Evidence of the After Life: The Science of NDEs" or many other truly scientific approaches to this tantalizing hypothesis.