Glimpsing Heaven: The Stories and Science of Life After Death (英語) ハードカバー – 2014/9/2
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If you caught a glimpse of heaven, would you choose to come back to life? Investigative journalist Judy Bachrach has collected accounts of those who died and then returned to life with lucid, vivid memories of what occurred while they were dead, and the conclusions are astonishing. Clinical death—the moment when the heart stops beating and brain stem activity ceases—is not necessarily the end of consciousness, as a number of doctors are now beginning to concede. Hundreds of thousands of fascinating post-death experiences have been documented, and for many who have died and returned, life is forever changed. These days, an increasing number of scientific researchers are turning their studies to people who have experienced what the author calls death travels -- putting stock and credence in the sights, encounters, and exciting experiences reported by those who return from the dead. Through interviews with scores of these “death travelers,” and with physicians, nurses, and scientists unraveling the mysteries of the afterlife, Bachrach redefines the meaning of both life and death. Glimpsing Heaven reveals both the uncertainty and the surprising joys of life after death.
“This book’s journalistic approach makes the topic accessible to the secular and skeptical crowd.” –Library Journal商品の説明をすべて表示する
While I was truly dead, I did not have an "NDE" or death voyage. Disappointed is the appropriate word to use in this case. Prior to this reading, I have read several books on the NDE experience and always wondered about the journey even though I certainly did not want to die to obtain the experience.
This cardiac arrest event is what prompted me to buy this book. I wanted to know more about death voyages and maybe gleam some facts about why certain people had them while others - such as myself - did not. I did not find the answers in this book although it contained well researched statistics on the matter.
This well researched book consists of 9 chapters preceded by a well written introduction and followed by "Notes" which validate the information contained therein. The authors interviews with both death travelers and doctors presented a very well balanced reporting on this important topic. My favorite chapter was the on titled Going Home. As my father approached death in 2005, he started talking to his long dead sisters and telling his family that he was "Going Home". In fact, we put that phrase on his casket lining.
I liked the quality of the research as well as the depth. I also appreciated that the author did not make any attempts at quantum leaps to proclaim any new theories. She basically let the doctors and travelers tell the story and it is up the reader to decide on what this all means. I do believe she presented a preponderance of evidence to say these voyages to the other side are real and as concrete as our daily lives.
The message that I took away from the entire book is that we are all connected. Unity is the what makes the world go around.
This book is highly recommended.
Michael L. Gooch