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No One Ever Asked Me That: Conversations on the Afterlife Paperback – June 30, 2014
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"Catherine asks all of the right questions and gets some very insightful answers. This is a great book for all who care about the big questions in life. Enjoy!" Noah Levine, author of Against the Stream
"I was absolutely fascinated. I love the variety of people she has interviewed and so many unique responses!" Cathy Duffy, author, speaker, educational curriculum expert
"Reminiscent of Socrates in the Golden Age of Greece; listening to others is an exalted virtue--and Levison has it in spades. An intriguing study, sure to raise important questions about imagination and the afterlife--and compel readers to discover the answers." Douglas Bond, author of The Betrayal
"I immediately resonated with Catherine Levison's book. She has modeled for us what it means to truly listen as if people matter." Dennis Okholm, author of Monk Habits for Everyday People
From the Author
In order to write an interesting book I had to find diverse people. I did not interview everyone I met. Instead, I patiently waited and looked for those who were from many different countries and held to vastly different beliefs. While it was a tremendous amount of work that took nearly twelve years it was also highly enjoyable. I was able to sit down and partake in these conversations, savor the accents, observe the reactions of each person included.
This is a departure from my other books because this is not about homeschooling. My writing career began in 1996 with a three book series on the Charlotte Mason method of education. I know this book will be enjoyed by homeschooling families and perhaps even used as part of the homeschooling plan but the audience for this book is much wider as anyone will enjoy reading it.
I am pleased with how this book reads. I find it to be fun and entertaining even though the topics are among some of life's most important issues. Some very serious ground is covered and yet the book is not foreboding in any sense. I'm confident that readers will enjoy the opportunity to really get into someone else's mind. I sincerely hope this book will spark many conversations for all who read it. There is a Facebook page dedicated to discussing this book at: facebook.com/pages/No-One-Ever-Asked-Me-That-Conversations-on-the-Afterlife/361324627252998
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Catherine Levison uses an interview format and a series of questions based upon the topic of imagination to delve into what people think about the origin and purpose of imagination, where it "resides" in them, and whether or not it accompanies them when they die. Clearly, answers to these questions draw out beliefs about the nature of man; differences between heart, mind, and soul; and whether or not an afterlife even exists.
I love that Levison found people with very diverse backgrounds for her interviews. (I can just imagine the time it took to set all up all the interviews!) No matter their background and their (sometimes) stated religious affiliation, people often responded in ways that you would never have expected. When they expanded on their answers it became increasingly intriguing.
Most people believe that you shouldn't talk with others about controversial topics, but Levison's strategy along with her non-judgmental approach are an excellent example of how we can talk about meaningful and controversial topics. Perhaps it works better with those we don't know well, but I think this could work even with those we THINK we know well if we put aside our preconceptions and try to just listen to what they have to say.
If you are interested in meaningful conversations, try the questions yourself!