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About the Author

John O'Shaughnessy is also the author of a memoir, The Greatest Gift-A Return to Hope. He is also a Certified Grief Counselor and Co-Founder with his wife Sandy, of Good Mourning Ministry, a Catholic bereavement organization located in Plymouth Michigan. John and Sandy are both widowed. Together they have four children, Eric, Collin, Morgan and Ryan. In 2012 they welcomed Collin s wife Kimberly into the family.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Zoe Life Publishing; 1st edition (June 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938807316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938807312
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,067,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will grab you within the first ten pages, I couldn't put it down.
Carl G DuBois
An amazing story that will forever change the way you feel about life, death and what's in between.
Kathryn Watson
I loved this book so much I bought copies for members of my family to read.
Beth B

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Rigsbee on August 20, 2013
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I LOVE THIS BOOK.
I have read it twice now and fully intend to read it again, this time with a highlighter. Jimmy, while he may seem unlucky at first, winds up being the luckiest boy in the world. He gains a peace that is hard to come by. Not only does he learn to live well-RIGHT NOW, but he learns to not fear death, for it holds a magical promise. One last day with the most important person in your life, to me, is a dream come true.
My favorite parts are the lessons he learns - live in the now. It sounds simple, but we all know it is not.
"The goal now is not to get somewhere, it's to BE somewhere."
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I read Encounter on the train from Detroit to Chicago. I have to tell you that for the next five and a half or so hours, I was totally blown away by the powerful story of young Jimmy Fitzsimons. As Christians, our faith teaches us that we will see our loved ones again but this author captures the simplicity and beauty of that faith and reconfirms that death is not an end...it is the beginning. I truly loved this book and have already passed it on to a friend, but made her promise to return it to me, as I will be reading it again. I strongly recommend this book and know it will touch your mind and soul as it did mine. Beautifully written...a masterpiece!
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By Beth B on July 18, 2013
Once you pick up this book, you simply cannot put it down until you read the last page. I always had my own thoughts and feelings about the after-life, but encounter made me think of it in a whole new way. It's a wonderful story -- a story we all wish that we could experience in our own life/death. It's about being able to say "good-bye" to a loved one, to talk to them one last time, to see them one last time. Jimmy Fitzsimons has this wonderful experience -- and what he experiences and learns during his brief death -- changes his life forever. I loved this book so much I bought copies for members of my family to read. Enjoy!
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This book will grab you within the first ten pages, I couldn't put it down. The author teaches us thru the life story of little Jimmy Fitzsimons that the way you "live" your life is important in that heaven holds no secrets. The love you have in your heart you take with you in death. For those of us who have lost love ones and wish for one more chance to tell them you love them - take comfort for it will happen. A MUST READ.
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By Kathryn Watson on October 15, 2013
An amazing story that will forever change the way you feel about life, death and what's in between. This book has me thinking about it every day since I read it. You will be more grateful for everyone in your life - those past, those present and those who have passed on.
I recommend this book for anyone you love, close friends and family.
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