Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife [NOOK Book]

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From the bestselling author of Life After Life and pioneer researcher and leading authority on near-death experiences comes Paranormal, an intimate look at a lifetime spent fearlessly wrestling with humankind’s most important and perplexing question:




What happens when we die?




Paranormal begins with a harrowing account of Moody’s suicide attempt—due to an ...

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Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife

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Overview


From the bestselling author of Life After Life and pioneer researcher and leading authority on near-death experiences comes Paranormal, an intimate look at a lifetime spent fearlessly wrestling with humankind’s most important and perplexing question:




What happens when we die?




Paranormal begins with a harrowing account of Moody’s suicide attempt—due to an undiagnosed illness that led him into depression—and proceeds to explore his lifelong fascination with life beyond our bodies. Moody traces the roots of his obsession with the point of death and how, at age twenty-three, he launched the entirely new medical field of near-death studies. He went on to explore the world of past lives and possible reincarnation before stumbling into the fascinating realm of facilitated visions. Moody’s rural research center, Theater of the Mind, dramatically advances paranormal research by melding ancient and modern techniques to arouse many of the transformative elements of the near-death experience in people who are still living.




After more than four decades of studying death and the possibility of an afterlife, Moody still sees endless promise in the fringes of psychological sciences, where he continues to seek answers to what happens to our souls after death.

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Raymond Moody's claim to being the grandfather of the Near Death Experience movement seems secure: He not only coined the term; his 1975 Life After Life is still regarded as a seminal work on the topic. (To date, this classic has sold over ten million copies.) Dr. Moody's autobiographical Paranormal describes his first tentative probes of this new field of study and his subsequent explorations of its surprisingly widespread manifestations among diverse near-death survivors. A memoir to be remembered.

Lisa Echenthal

Jeffrey Long
“Paranormal is the fascinating and heart-warming story of Dr. Raymond Moody’s extraordinary life, chronicling the exciting journey that has given us some of the strongest evidence that life after death is a reality. I highly recommend it.”
Pim van Lommel
“Raymond’s Moody lifetime pioneering activities have been the major impulse for all later research that has been attributed to breaking the scientific and social taboo about near-death experiences, shared death experiences, and the possibility of contact with deceased relatives.”
Dannion Brinkley
“The personal story of Raymond’s life before and during his pioneering research into what happens at the point of death—once again expertly written by Paul Perry—will help every reader better understand their own search for the same answers.”
Religious News Service
“[In Paranormal] Moody… looks back, reflecting on his fascination with death, the effect of his life’s work, and trying to figure out what it’s all meant. One key revelation: … the psychologist and philosopher…says he has ‘woken up to God.’”
Larry Dossey
“Raymond Moody radically changed the way modern humans think about the afterlife. In Paranormal, he sums up his journey and shares fresh insights. The result is a thrilling and inspiring literary experience. Anyone who is not grateful for Moody’s immense contribution to human welfare ought to check his pulse.”
Library Journal
Moody (Life After Life) is best known as the man who coined the phrase "near-death experience." But what is less known is the psychologist and physician's own life story, including his suicide attempt in 1991. Moody reflects on and documents his varied life, including his bouts with myxedema, which occurs when the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone and, if not treated, can lead to slowness of speech, depression, and decreased senses of taste and smell. He is quite candid and upfront about his life working with near-death experiences, past-life regression, and mirror gazing, and especially about discovering the disease that was not diagnosed correctly until after his suicide attempt. Many stories in this book relate to patients and their past-life regressions, the author's comments and opinions on these regressions, and patients' near-death experiences. Moody also confronts critics who claim that his research and methods are inconclusive and/or irrelevant given his own instability and psychological background. VERDICT While not a book for the reference shelf, this title would be an interesting addition to any library's New Age, religion, and/or psychology section.—Bradford Lee Eden, Valparaiso Univ. Lib., IN
Kirkus Reviews
A lucid, engrossing memoir from a psychologist and philosopher dedicated to the afterlife. If Moody's (The Last Laugh, 1999, etc.) career capstone arrived with the lionizing 1975 publication of his landmark report Life after Life, his memoir, co-authored by Perry (co-author: Evidence of the Afterlife, 2010, etc.), an acclaimed author on the subject, affords his life's work even more dramatic heft. Moody's passion for the spiritual world can be traced to an early childhood in World War II–era Georgia raised by an abusively crass father and a depressed mother. He recalls at age 4 establishing theories about death and concepts of postmortem "soul survival." Moody writes ardently of an interest in astronomy throughout adolescence, undeterred by a skeptical father and crippling myxedema, a thyroid deficiency. As a philosophy scholar, he became "hooked on death" and intensely explored spiritual phenomena, out-of-body sensations, near-death events and theories of mind-body coexistence. Plumbing an interest in "facilitated visions" via hypnotic past-life regression therapy, Moody details his nine former lives, including that of a threadbare wooly mammoth hunter, a drowning boat builder and a murdered female Chinese artist. He coined the term "near-death experience" as his first book soared in popularity; on the lecture circuit, he befriended fellow afterlife pioneer Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. Then his illness resurfaced, causing a suicide attempt and a stint at a psychiatric facility after his experimentations with spirit communication and crystallomancy were discovered by his closed-minded father. Now in his mid-60s, Moody continues his revolutionary research. The supernatural undertones saturating the narrative are dwarfed by an overwhelming sense that this eccentric visionary just might be on to something. The fascinating life story of an impassioned mystical maverick.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062046444
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 309,928
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Raymond Moody Jr., M.D.'s, seminal work, Life After Life, has completely changed the way we view death and dying. He is widely acknowledged as the world's leading expert in the field of near-death experience.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    I whole heartedly agree with the Kirkus Review in that "the supernatural undertones saturating the narrative are dwarfed by an overwhelming sense that this eccentric visionary just might be on to something." Indeed I believe he has been for quite some time. This book is informative yet "a good read." I would love nothing more than the opportunity to meet Dr. Moody but this writing leaves me with the impression that I already have.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    Wonderful Book from a Great Teacher I recommend this book to an

    Wonderful Book from a Great Teacher I recommend this book to anyone
    interested in learning more about near death experiences from a great
    teacher. Dr. Moody talks from the heart about his own life, experiences
    learning about paranormal occurences, and patient stories about real
    near-death experiences (NDE) - this is important, as there is a book
    about a child supposedly having an NDE that is clearly fiction, being
    sold as fact when it is completely misleading and wrong. Dr. Moody is
    the real deal, and writes about the features of a REAL NDE, then goes on
    to talk about working with dying patients. Truly a great book, and
    highly recommended, particularly to anyone who really wants to learn
    about NDE experiences.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    Good book

    This book helps to answer some of the questions regarding near death experiences. The author uses a scientific approach and this makes everything seem more realistic.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Disappointed

    More of a biography with a lot of things thrown in from his previous books. Very disappointing and I felt it was a book compiled just to try and sell another book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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