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VINE VOICEon April 6, 2005
My father suffered a stroke several years ago, and he was kept alive on a feeding tube for years. Because of my own obvious interest in life-and-death issues, I bought this book several months ago out of curiosity as to what drives George Felos.

Reading it is a descent into a New Age snakepit.

To say Felos is strange is an exercise in charity. He has some odd notions that God speaks to him directly and that God somehow thinks that Felos is his Death Angel on earth.

In my father's case, I always wondered why people feel the need to talk to him in baby-talk like he's retarded, or to shout at him like he can't hear a thing. Neither is true, but it would take about two minutes for someone who still saw him as a human being to notice my father is still very much THERE.

In just one example of how bizarre this book is, Felos claims he has the God-given ability to "psychically connect" with PVS and coma victims. How does he do it? He SHOUTS at them, "Do you want to LIVE?? Do you want to LIVE??"

Obviously George Felos thinks everyone in a brain-injured state is also DEAF. But it doesn't matter; Felos also claims that because of God, he can "hear" the "souls" of the conscious-impaired "talk" to him "inside his head."

According to the book, none of the "souls" ever told George they want to live.

In another instance, Felos claims God gave him the ability by his sheer will to keep an airplane aloft. If he wanted to crash the plane, all he needed to do was wing a thought in that direction, and the plane would come crashing down. God told Felos that he is imbued with "special powers" that the rest of us mere mortals do not possess.

In a sane world, anyone who claimed such special privilege from the Almighty would be based in an inpatient program at Bellevue, not at the forefront of deciding how the speechless and silent want to live - or not live - their lives.

There is much room to discuss the part the law should play in issues of life and death for those who cannot speak for themselves. This book, however, is NOT, in any way, shape, or form, the book to launch that discussion.
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