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The Body Departed by [Rain, J.R.]
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About the Author

J.R. Rain is an ex–private investigator who now writes full-time in the Pacific Northwest. Chronically creative from an early age, he first fell in love with writing while making his very own Choose Your Own Adventure books as a child, and has since written thirty-three novels and five short-story collections, as well as screenplays for Paramount Pictures. Rain was born in Southern California and has lived up and down the West Coast. He currently resides just outside of Seattle, living in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie, who has more energy than Robin Williams.

Product Details

  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0557312310
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (April 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7X0RQM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1) Technically, the book is well-written - a very pleasant reprieve from the hundreds of distracting errors in many free ebooks!
2) The plot is fairly unique, and at FIRST it seems interesting as we're offered a close look at death and becoming a ghost. If only the focus had remained there...

Those are 2 stars. Now for the 3 missing ones:

3) Nowhere in the synopsis is it mentioned that this is, for the most part, a Christian novel. A ghost story is advertised, but what's delivered is more theological than supernatural.
4) The repetition. This story could be shortened by half without losing anything. Well, except a lot of redundancy.
5) Characters! Where are they? It needs another character (or 5) to add some depth and round out a very flat environment.
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I downloaded this book because it got good reviews, and also because the premise interested me.

It was a very entertaining read! Think "Ghost Whisperer" from the rather humorous vantage point of the ghost! ...I was caught up in the story immediately, and found it hard to put down. It certainly is a departure from the kind of book I normally read; but I loved every bit of it.

Long after the book was finished, I was still thinking about the ideas and metaphors about death and the hereafter, and so I started reading it again. I've told all my friends about it. Not often I do that!!
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I just "found" JR Rain and his novels, and I'm captivated! I first read Moon Dance, and it was good, but this was beyond GREAT! If you enjoy fantasy with ghosts and a little bit of theology mixed in..this is the book for you. I'm off to read more of Mr. Rain's novels...great job, and please keep them coming!!
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I had never heard of J. R. Rain before reading this book, but the synopsis of The Body Departed intrigued me so much that I downloaded it via the Kindle, and I was not disappointed. It was a very fast, short read that kept me in the deliciously in the dark and turning pages. Since it is written from James' point of view, the main character, we only know and see what he knows and sees. The way in which Rain wrote this book is very effective in keeping the mystery alive and the reader guessing. My only gripe was it was too short; however, I am a believer that if a story is done, it's done and the silly guidelines created by publishing houses these days that require authors to make their stories 100,000+ words or 300 plus pages is simply ridiculous. So, with that said, I commend Rain on not adding anything unecessary to the story. I never skipped a sentence, a paragraph, or chapter and that is the highest compliment I can give an author. To me, every detail, every sentence, and every word was pertinent to the story and moved it forward. Unlike many other authors who are forced by publishing house requirements to lengthen their plots, or add filler, Rain, does not. Also, I found very few if any typos in Rain's work. I can't say the same of other books. I enjoyed this story so much I bought other e-books by Rain and haven't been disappointed yet. Well worth the read - Rain is a very concise, creative, clean, writer!
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What if there really were ghosts? What would it feel like to be one? What powers and limitations do they have?

J.R. Rain explores these intriguing questions. And though I suppose the book is spiritual in its way, it certainly isn't Christian. One of the characters is a medium, and many other people are said to be mediums as well, without knowing it. (In this book, a medium is anyone who senses the spirits or ghosts around them.) There is no heaven or hell, only "whatever you want there to be." Reincarnation is one of those things. And though angels and even Jesus himself make appearances, this is not the Jesus of the Bible (though it is not an offensive representation, in my opinion). Jesus' name and the word "hell" are frequently used as swear words throughout.

I found the book to be entertaining, thought provoking, and creative. I also found it mildly disturbing at times, early in the book, when James, the ghost, seems to be trapped in a kind of hell, losing his memories and his sense of identity day by day.

As a former church youth leader, I kept thinking this book would be excellent as a teaching tool for high school students in church. It would be really fun to discuss the ways it veers away from orthodoxy. The book is short, a quick read, reasonably well written, funny and touching. It also concerns itself with repentance and forgiveness, so that may be why some people saw it as Christian.
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Looking for something inexpensive to read, i downloaded this and "Moon Dance." The Body Departed is a look at a troubled spirit who can't let go of his former life. He knows there is something unfinished. The author creates a believable story that will leave you crying - from the deeply moving ending to wanting more stories from this exceptional author!
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This was my third J.R. Rain book in 3 days. having just discovered him I can say he is not your typical writter. I am loosing sleep trying to cram his stories in. His strong imagination takes twists you dont see coming. Bringing Jesus to life for a spell was a bold move and a bit disconcerting, but I finished the book with tears in my eyes and a new possibility in after lifes.
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