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Breaking Bad: The Complete Series
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, January 16, 2015
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Excellent, and true to the original.


Sentinel: A Spycatcher Novel (Spycatcher Novels)
Sentinel: A Spycatcher Novel (Spycatcher Novels)
by Matthew Dunn
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, March 11, 2014
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Although some of the physical activities stretch credibility, the tradecraft is flawless. An engaging read, and somewhat exhausting as you sink into it.


My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side
My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side
by Elisa Medhus
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fully veridical and excellently developed, November 10, 2013
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Done through two separate "translators", the text provided a rare integrity to its veridical authenticity. The continuous grounding in the moments of doubt expected of anyone with a scientific background further strengthened the realization that this was not merely the testament of a grieving mother; Dr. Medhus was herself experiencing an epiphany available to anyone understandably entrenched in what is all too often the myopic view of life and existence.

Although the common use of the term "afterlife" could have been challenged and clarified, the conceptual basis of the discussions fully conformed to our exponentially growing understanding of quantum mechanics and the transcendent wisdom of mysticism through the ages.
Marco M. Pardi


Foal and the Angels: Wisdom Comes Through: A Journey of Understanding
Foal and the Angels: Wisdom Comes Through: A Journey of Understanding
by Foal
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wisdom of Foal, September 29, 2012
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This book, in its entirety and in the precise choice of each word is a singular phenomenon. Within its covers it captures all the wisdom of every organized tradition while engaging the reader totally and seamlessly in a fully dimensional experience which will have the reader repeatedly saying, "Oh, but of course".

Unlike many books which soon betray the particular agenda of the author, Foal immerses the reader fully and totally in ways which appeal to those knowledgable of particular traditions while gently opening the way to others. It is a book for all minds. Deists, theists, non-theists, and adherents of particular systems will find themselves floating through portals they may never have realized.

The format might at first suggest its relevance to young readers. But any reader is quickly enabled to shed the oppressive sense of one's own measured temporality and to experience what is always there: one's own fully contextual reality.

The author's masterful and precise command of language displays for us what language truly is, an attempt to circumscribe the ineffable and to invite the listener/reader into full and seamless participation. I recommend this to everyone. Marco M. Pardi
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Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience
Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience
by Pim van Lommel
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most comprehensive resource, July 8, 2011
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As a student, Medical Anthropologist, and researcher I have worked in the overall field of Death & Dying since 1964, taught college classes in it starting in 1973, and worked with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Raymond Moody, IONS, IANDS. and with large varieties of people who have experienced Near Death and/or other "paranormal" experiences. Early on it was apparent that progress toward understanding of this area would best be found in mysticism (Classical through modern) and in quantum mechanics. Therefore, throughout my work in research and teaching I have read and accummulated many dozens of related books. I also have read many "materialist" based science books, often purporting to be counter-points.
I would not have thought it possible to capture, within a single binding, the essential perspectives of all views in so many disciplines, the exact thoroughness of open review and presentation, and the comprehensive anticipation of any questions a reader may have. I especially appreciated the consistent theme of patience Dr. van Lommel unwaiveringly demonstrates toward his most vicious critics. That he happens to be right is comforting; that he also happens to be gracious is too often professionally astounding.
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The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul
The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul
by Denyse O'Leary
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An incomplete argument, April 4, 2008
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While this manuscript is reasonably well researched, current, and well written, it portrays an incomplete debate inasmuch as it only seriously poses Materialists against Non-Materialist/theistic design advocates. The authors give a passing nod to non-materialists who are non-theistic, but their barely hidden agenda is clearly to move the reader into a very particular belief system.

Had they defined the issue properly at the outset, they would have stipulated the 4 propositions at its heart. There is:
1. No non-corporeal existence and no deity. Materialist.
2. Non-corporeal existence and a deity. Theistic non-materialist.
3. Non-corporeal existence and no deity. Non-materialist/non-theist.
4. A deity but no non-corporeal existence. Theistic/selective non-materialist.

The authors devote practically the entire book to a debate of propositions 1 and 2. They conveniently leave out the many thousands of experiences logged in IANDS (International Association for Near Death Studies) and other world wide organizations that strongly support proposition 3 through far more than just NDEs. And, while proposition 4 may be seen as a logical completion of the paradigm, it has indeed been held at times by cultures throughout the world.

Overall, it was an interesting read. However, one must wonder what percentage of readers have sensed that there was (perhaps purposely) "something missing".
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Practicing Conscious Living and Dying: Stories of the Eternal Continuum of Consciousness
Practicing Conscious Living and Dying: Stories of the Eternal Continuum of Consciousness
by Annamaria Hemingway
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rational, comprehensive, and insightful, March 6, 2008
Over the past 8 years American Fundamentalists have attempted to monopolize the literature on Near Death Experiences and associated phenomena, usually employing their publishing factories to disseminate Trojan Horses - books purporting to be about this subject, but carefully crafted for the furtherance of their narrow "religious" agendas. As an Anthropologist (specializing in Death & Dying) for over 40 years, I study the impact of these insidious and often downright untruthful vehicles on the fabric of culture and society throughout the world.

Ms. Hemingway's book is truly welcome on several levels. Her presentation of historical and mythological data is accurate, unbiased,, and very much appropriate to her subject. Her presentations of what many people feel have been their experiences are also unbiased, particularly in her introductions and summary analyses. As a scientist, I am impressed.

Her exploration and treatment of the implications of the reported experiences speaks beyond just the scientist; it speaks to the human in all of us. Thus, the broad value of this book. To her great credit, Ms. Hemingway does not allow herself to be sidetracked onto epistemological cul-de-sacs. Her egalitarian approach allows Deists and non-Deists alike to find validity in her materials, and therefore in their lives.

Of particular interest, regardless of a reader's a priori stance, is the inherently honest message she conveys through the detailed discussions of the life changing nature of these phenomena. Without a subversive agenda of the furtherance of what some narrow group defines as good, this manuscript presents a cornucopia of examples of how to be of benefit, even ultimate benefit, in the lives of others as well as of the self. As such, this book is a service to all mankind.


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