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I read this old POCKET BOOKS edition in one sitting; it is a very rare thing now that I'm getting older, that a book can preoccupy me for several hours straight without interruption. But this is a subject that interests me to a considerable degree, and the text is not all that extensive or scientific. I started this book no real knowledge of the author, although I must have come across references to him and this book in the past, as I've read several books on near death experiences. It eventually became evident that this book was intended to be more than a collection of interviewed or previously-documented experiences. There is a definite "religious" slant to the book in the form of chapters that focus on spiritual observations by Emanuel Swedenborg and Helen Keller, among others. These are generally short, and therefore tolerable. It turns out that the author, a veteran of WW2 who participated in the D-Day landing in Normandy (my printing has a typo that gives a date of June 4 rather than June 6, 1944), became a member of the Christian Science religion in the early 1950s. The title of this book, The Vestibule, is derived from one of Mary Baker Eddy's works. So while some of the content--in some of the near death experiences the individual doesn't even reach the "afterlife"--is very interesting, I question the overall motive for the book. From a truly Bible-believing Christian perspective, the "scientific proof" of an afterlife isn't needed, nor does dispelling the "fear" of death exactly serve a good purpose. Many accounts of near death experiences seem to involve messages about the universal of humanity, that people of all religious and philosophical persuasions (potentially) in the same light-filled realm where they meet "God" and reunite with loved-ones. This, I feel, is deceptive and can and often does mislead and misguide people. So this book is best read with caution and a critical mind.
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Initial post: Nov 22, 2014 10:38:07 PM PST
LOL you believe the Bible! I doubt you ever actually read the Bible! Read Leviticus and tell me if you dont shake your head! Quit white washing it and making excuses for its PRO-Slavery slant! Heck the 10 commandments, God tells s dont be jealous of all the slaves your neighbor owns, LOL! what rubbish! Like we are born bad and need to be saved from a BURNING forever when we die,. how can you and BILLIONS of others believe such nonsense! No, church's just give us a goofy 20 min sermon on how Jesus is our buddy! If they taught the BIBLE it would make alot of people mad!
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