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Beyond Reason: Lessons from the Loss of a Gifted Child Paperback – July 28, 2009
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The unusual focus of the memoir is the utter conviction with which his 9-year-old son Brian foretold the timing of his death, and prepared himself, his family and friends for it. Even though Gregg was a scientist, rooted in evidence-based medicine, he was unable to deny the reality of his son's ability to see the future. Gregg Korbon began to study the reaches of the mind into other times and dimensions, and the new perceptions helped to reconcile his grief.
It took him 15 years to finish this book, and I can only think that this too is divine timing. So many books have come out in recent years about the afterlife and near death experiences that the writers are no longer looked upon as weird. In fact a surprisingly large number of them have been written by medical doctors, including Larry Dossey and Deepak Chopra. They all attest to the continuity of existence beyond the physical.
Gregg Korbon's tender narrative is sure to help other grieving parents find comfort and reassurance that their children are still with them. It is only about 100 pages, so turn off the phone, have a box of tissues handy and enter into the magic of this child of light.
Thus begins his family's quest to come to terms, not just with Brian's death, but his precognition and his response of selfless courage and love. The many acts of kindness Brian leaves behind are heartbreaking in their tenderness and beauty. Brian's father Gregg journals his struggles to make sense of the situation and later to explore other cases of pre-death cognition and premonitions of future events, which he finds widespread among parents who have lost young children. Beyond Reason lives up to its title as it whisks us along Gregg's experiences that defy what we have come to believe is the reality around us, and reveals a deeper, more magnificent one. The diary-like first person narrative is very intimate, making one feel like a welcome guest in the alternately turbulent and soothing imagery.
Personally, I found this book very comforting as I grieved my father's death. Gregg is very courageous as he bares his most personal emotions and even relates how his health degenerates and recovers over the long course of his journey. Much of the book describes Brian's bravery in the face of death, but I find Gregg's own response, and his willingness to publish his deepest fears, equally inspiring. The story and its telling are moving beyond words.
His is a tragic tale, very heart-wrenching to hear and read, but a story of a man who was strong enough to follow his heart and gut and intuition into new territory, not knowing where it would lead. His life, and possibly the lives of those who read his story, was enriched and made fuller by his openness to discovering and sharing some of the secrets of the universe.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very good book. If you've ever lost a child, a parent, or someone very close to you, and you've had strange metaphysical coincidences happen before or after their... Read morePublished 6 months ago by The Scottsdale Observer
I met the author of this book because he lives in my town and his daughter is an organization that I volunteer with. He is truly a calm prescence. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by To buy or not?
good condition and well packaged and sent promptly. We need to be more in tune with our children and their thoughts. This is a good way to start opening an adult mind. Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by Chistiann
Excellent. It must have been hard to write about your grief and love and put them together in such a wonderful book.Published on July 11, 2011 by P. Turnbough
Has this entire story been properly vetted? Who were the three friends at Brian's party? Has independent research identified and interviewed each individual involved, confirmed... Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by jen
Dr. Korbon's loss is profound and life-changing, in obvious and inspiring ways. He used the emotion and grief to come to a new way of thinking about life, the hereafter and what a... Read morePublished on June 21, 2011 by Diana in VA
Gregg Korbon shared with me his profound transformations that came from the heart breaking challenge of the loss of a his extraordinary son, Brian, told in delicate truthful... Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by JLKImmel
My wife and I lost our son, Brian, on August 23rd, 2009. He was 23. A month after his accident my office manager was listening to StoryCorps. Read morePublished on July 28, 2010 by Kyle Hudson