Imaging Life after Death: Love That Moves the Sun and Stars

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The awardwinning author, theologian, and psychotherapist Kathleen Fischer illuminates the mystery of the afterlife in Christian and nonChristian(Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, American Indian, among many) traditions in this probing, eloquent, and reassuring meditation drawn from sources as varied as religion, literatureDante, St. Exupery, Tolkien, Mary Oliver, Jane Kenyonscience (quantum physics and cosmology), psychology, personal and professional experiences.
The author centers her book on the three questions fundamental to belief in life after death: "What survives death? Do relationships continue beyond death? How does life now relate to life then?" Within this construct, she soberly and lyrically rethinks the meaning of soul, presence, transformation, discussing the imagery of the afterlifelight, fire, seeds, butterflies, angelsand the use of portents of the divine found in nature, and experiences of beauty, justice, love, humor and hope, all the while emphasizing that focus on the afterlife, does not absolve us of our commitment to our present life. She shows the same compassionate allegiance to the dying and grieving, in a singular discussion. Completing her work are end chapter prayers and reflections, extensive annotated bibliography and suggestions for further reading.

A work of "grace and imagination," IMAGING LIFE AFTER DEATH is an invaluable resource for anyone trying to fathom a question as mysterious and perplexing as the afterlife, and anyone caring for the dying or grieving.


About the Author

Kathleen Fischer received a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including the awardwinning Paulist Press titles: Transforming Fire, Autumn Gospel, Women at the Well, and, with her husband Thomas Hart, Christian Foundations

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809142446
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: What Survives Death?
1 Invisible Realities
2 Soul Talk
3 Metamorphosis
4 Amazing Seeds
5 Awareness
Part II: Do Relationships Continue Beyond Death?
6 In the Company of Friends
7 Kinds of Presence
8 One with the Universe
9 Remembrance
10 Meeting the Light
Part III: How Does Life Now Relate to Life Then?
11 Earth Crammed with Heaven
12 The Mystery in Our Midst
13 Second Chances
14 Justice and Mercy
15 Walking with the Dying
Notes and Further Reading
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