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The author describes "uncertainty" as a gift and a prerequisite to this journey toward greater spiritual connection....
The author describes "uncertainty" as a gift and a prerequisite to this journey toward greater spiritual connection. Readers blessed with any doubt regarding the spiritual dimensions of life will be richly rewarded with this story. Readers who have not yet pushed aside the veil of certainty may find within this story a window through which they might grasp the gift of uncertainty.
Posted October 4, 2011
If you have ever experienced the loss of a loved one, you will appreciate this book. I, too, lost my father and was holding him when he passed away. I was eighteen years old at the time, but remember the details as if it were yesterday. I remember being convinced he would beat cancer. Being convinced he would come home. Being convinced I would always have my daddy. However, that wasn't God's plan. Although it has taken me several years to reach this point, I am confident God has used each and every experience I have endured to craft the person He has helped me become. Although I continue to miss my father, I believe we are all here for a season and for a reason - and it's not ALL ABOUT ME! (It took me a very long time to reach that point too-with God's help.) This book is the first for our author, Neil Hanson. I have always wanted to author a book, so I am extremely envious that he actually did it! Neil Hanson's Bio: Neil Hanson lives and works in Colorado. Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty is his first book. He blogs actively and writes articles for periodicals. He is an avid outdoorsman, passionate about hunting and fishing. He spends a great deal of time bicycling the roads and trails of Colorado, and backcountry skiing in winter. His passion for gardening spills over into a joint venture with his oldest son, where they operate a landscaping and construction company in Colorado. I would recommend this book for a book club; although I would only discuss it with close friends. This is a personal topic to explore, especially if you haven't previously dealt with the experience.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2011
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Death is the final frontier. It is the destination of every person to walk the face of the Earth. It is unavoidable, inescapable, unknowable - yet it holds such a mysterious fascination. Any book examining death from a personal perspective immediately becomes universal in scope. We all seek to find out what lies beyond. We yearn for answers, yet fear what is impossible to discern. In Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty, Neil Hanson recounts the spiritually charged moment of experiencing firsthand his father's passing. In that hospital room, he witnessed the veil, separating life and death, briefly lift in his presence. It was a profound encounter that continues to shape his outlook on life.
Hanson wrote the book 15 years after his father's death. It is composed in letter format as he attempts to correspond with his father on a spiritual plane. He hopes that by expressing his thoughts and emotions on paper the message will reverberate to where his father's soul now resides. Hanson stresses two points. First, he says he's sorry for any stress his youthful misbehavior may have caused and that he forgives his father for not always being there for him when he was growing up. Second, he tells his father that he loves him. Contrition, forgiveness and love are what Hanson yearns to tell his father from the very depths of his heart.
The emphasis behind this communication is that Hanson's father was brought to the hospital in a coma from which he never recovered. The unexpected nature of the situation left no room for closure. Hanson was never able to talk with his dad again. While his body was still physically present for the remaining time they had together, his mind was not. This absence of words prompted Hanson to write this book. He longed to be able to communicate with his father one last time.
While Christian in nature, the book is pluralistic in tone. Hanson does not endorse any particular faith and in fact finds that many organized religions hinder people from connecting with the divine. He feels people are desperately searching for ways to experience God in their lives, and that they are not provided with the proper spiritual instruction on how to achieve this desire.
His own divine awakening began as a teenager at a high school wrestling tournament. When he was thrown to the ground during a match, he felt his soul leave his body. The atmosphere around him became suffused with light and harmony. He felt a sense of peace he never knew existed.
It wasn't until his father drew his last breath that this doorway opened to him again. Albeit, this time he was only allowed to peek through the keyhole and not walk through the door. The same immense feelings engulfed him as his father's soul became separated from his body. While ultimately feeling sad for their impending separation, Hanson also experienced an overwhelming sense of joy as he felt a divine presence enter the room. With his heart rapidly beating and tears streaming down his face, he was granted the privilege of witnessing his father cross the dividing line between life and death.
Posted September 1, 2011
Neil allows the reader to experience very personal moments with him. He utilizes the form of "Dear Dad" to express his feelings and emotions as he remains in the ICU with his dying father. He is going through a process of grieving and letting go. The reader will realize that Neil has a strong moral character and is a wonderful son. Neil contemplates the past years, thinking of his experiences, emotions, life lessons.... The reader is very fortunate that Neil is willing to share his innermost thoughts. The author lays out his thoughts so candidly, that it is hard to question the truth behind his words. A non-religious reader will not need to worry, the author manages to stay on the spiritual side without touching much of the religious side.
This book was heartfelt and emotional. It is a book worth reading at any time in one's life, there are plenty of lessons and thoughts to think over that the reader will take away. There are so many quotes in this book that the reader will remember and enjoy. The book is a short read, but that adds to the book's appeal-the author goes right to the point of the matter. This book is recommended to teen/young adult/adult readers.