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Afterlife Encounters: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Experiences

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2005

    Don't be afraid!!

    This is a brave book, well written by a careful and experienced person. Because of her knowing and understanding that over the centuries - indeed the millenniums - humans have experienced and continue to experience interaction and communication with those on the ¿other side¿, she did the study and wrote the book. In the US we have become a society seeking spirituality ¿ unfortunately we also remain a society filled with high levels of skepticism¿ some people still think it is cool to be a skeptic. But, this book, which has just too many stories for anyone to have created on their own and the 5 year study upon which the book is based includes people from all walks of life and from all over the world, along with the research done over the years by others that is sited, should quiet most skeptics. Read this book. Listen to the wisdom. Get beyond the fear of being labeled ¿weird¿. Do your own thing. Read the evidence here. Value what you know in your heart to be true. When you ¿open up¿ and begin talking about these experiences you will find out for yourself what Andrew Greeley in his book ¿Religious Change in America¿ (published in 1989 by Harvard University Press) found ¿ that ¾ of Americans believe in an afterlife. So, join the crowd who are experiencing the powerful and transforming afterlife encounters that go beyond the cultural and organized religions¿ taboos. Find the wonder of these afterlife encounters for yourself. I enjoyed the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    Visits from the other side

    Paranormal phenomena, such as survival of bodily death, can be difficult to swallow without personal experience. The very mention of such personal experiences in polite conversation is often met with suspicion. While doing hospice work, the author worked with many people who received visits from newly departed loved ones. Though most found these experiences comforting, some were taken aback by their seeming unreality. The book was written to validate such experiences so that people can focus on the comfort rather than the excoriating self-doubt and fear of going crazy. The backbone of the book is her study, which categorizes different kinds of apparitions, the circumstances in which they occur, and personality profiles of people experiencing them. Her wealth of anecdotal examples weaves through and animates the entire book. Ms. Arcangel takes special care to rule out more mundane poo-pooing tossed out by ¿skeptics¿ to trivialize and poo- poo these phenomena. What makes these visits even more believable to me is their extreme specificity and personal nature, though my skepticism is softened by my own personal experience with such visits. She describes different kinds of mediums and documents her own conversations with some of them. Her writing is clear and easy to read, and backed by solid scholarship. My only complaint is the vaguely written subject heads in the table of contents, which necessitates reading it from front to back rather than nibbling away at it, as I am so wont to. Interested above all in her analysis, I found myself skipping some of the examples. This book is useful both for parapsychology novices and for people well versed in this field.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2005

    Contact With the Dead

    Encounters with those who have passed into the next dimension or life are analyzed and explored by Diana Arcangel, a former director of the Elizabeth Kubler Ross Center. She created a five year study/survey which she called, Aferlife Encounters Survey. Arcangel, a doubtful and skeptical investigator when she began the study developed the six categories to weigh the responses. Her stories as reflected from the perceiver sound real and genuine. Arcangel¿s six categories applied to each interview give authenticity to her interviews. She discusses profiles of typical perceivers and also discusses the many charlatans who pretend to be able to perceive and some of their methods Her descriptions of Mediums, their success and failures and her categorizations of encounters with the dead are interesting and revealing. She specifies methods of interviewing in order to get facts plus observations of those interviews. Archangel¿s explorations of these phenomena are important and one of the most urgent topics facing modern science. Acquiring information that affects so many makes this book a very important one to everyone who has the interest and forethought to read it.

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