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on January 28, 2018
I thought this book was going to be about his experience in heaven but most of the book is him preaching. This is why sobriety is so important on the spiritual path. I'm not talking about the sobriety of not ingesting substances. I'm talking about the sobriety that comes from a mature understanding of what is really going on with reality -- a disciplined approach that focuses on the elimination of self importance and ego.
There is, of course, value in the initial spiritual experience, whether it be an NDE or otherwise. But if you're going to write a book about this subject, either present the events as they happened in a narrative that simply describes the events and spare us your self-indulgent emotionalism. Don't get me wrong. The emotional experience is important but that is a very individualistic experience and can't really be expressed effectively. Rather, give the reader the benefit of the doubt and trust them to feel the emotions behind the experience through reading the telling of the events. For instance, when the author was describing his actual experiences, I had a strong emotional connection. When he is preaching at me and trying to convert me (preaching to the choir), it has very little impact. Rule one of writing: SHOW, DON'T TELL. The author's words would have had so much more impact if he had followed this rule. And when he did, it proved itself. And then, he may have avoided a common pitfall in his description of reality which is inconsistent. For instance, he writes a number of times about things that are "unforgiveable" and then tells us God is all forgiving. Well, which is it? Frankly, he comes across as an expert which, of course, he isn't. That is why he should just lay out the events and let the reader make conclusions. If you come across as an expert you can really turn off the reader.
It's interesting because it mirrors what you often see in religion. A priest or whomever stands at the pulpit and preaches at you and you're supposed to unquestioningly accept what he's saying. We all want certainty. It's only natural. But God gave us the ability to reason, well, for a reason.
If the writer had left out his preaching this would have been a good book. His inconsistent preaching about reality weakens, rather than strengthens, his efforts to "convert." Which brings up another point. Why does the author assume the reader needs converting? If this book was an effort to bring people to God, be clear about that. I'm already converted. Why go on and on and on about how great God is? Show us. Don't tell us! Those of us who already know how great God is will enjoy stories about it. Those of us who don't may actually be inspired.
I felt very disappointed in this book. It was a missed opportunity.