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Puzzled By the One Star Reviews!
on June 1, 2010
Having so little time for reading, I'm amazed at myself for reading this book from cover to cover. I've been reading it each night before going to sleep, often with a flashlight under the covers so as not to keep my husband from sleeping. That should be enough to tell you that I find this a thoroughly fascinating book. I only hope Dr. Hamilton will write another one for us.
Now, about the critics of this book, here are my comments:
One has simply to go to the University of Arizona website to find a Dr. Allan J Hamilton,brain surgeon. The information given regarding his education matches that stated in the book, "The Scalpel and the Soul". What doesn't match is his picture! At first I thought perhaps the writer of the book was an imposter stealing the identity of the doctor at U of A. But, when I went to the website Allan [...], there was a picture of Dr. Hamilton that looked very much like the one on the U of A site. So, the one on the U of A site is of Hamilton when he was quite young. Apparently, they are leaving it up, even though he is no longer at the University due to his own medical problem. The picture of Allan on his own website shows him a bit older, and the one in the book and also on the "A Second Chance" site has him with longer hair and whitish beard. But in all the pictures his hair is parted in the same manner. It is possible to see these are all the same person.
I'm convinced Dr. Hamilton is for real and I'm the wife of a retired U of Idaho professor whose brother spent his entire career teaching mathematics at the University of Arizona, which is neither here nor there except that I've probably taken on some of their natural skeptisism.
Another point regarding authenticity is Dr. Andrew Weil's endorsement. Could anyone believe that a guy would put a celebrity on the inside cover of his book without permission and then fake the endorsement? Really!
As for the matter of a Pam Reynolds being the real Miss Sarah Gideon, a woman who had an incredible experience while being, for all intents and purposes, dead during surgery to repair an anurism, one needs only to look up the near death experience of Pam Reynolds, online....oh, and read it. The experience of Pam Reynolds is totally different than that of Sarah Gidoen. Their ages are close, 35 and 34 and they both had anurisms in their brains. I believe these are two different and amazing cases.
But, if you who wrote the one star criticisms must be skeptical, then so be it. I feel, however, that your skepticism, this time, is misguided. Just remember, no matter how the universe and all that is in it, and all the other universes believed to exist, no matter how their existense is explained, the explanations are fantastic! Quite unbelievable, don't you think? How 'bout the big bang theory. If you're going to accept it, you have to accept the part about the thing that exploded and that it was the size of a pea, a very, very, very, very dense one!
All the explanations require us to take them on faith. They are all way out there! But.....there is an explanation that is correct. For me, this book is a big help in my search for proof of life after life since I find Dr. Hamilton to be credible given his career as a brain surgeon. And there's nothing like a credible witness.