Peace At The Edge Of Uncertainty: Finding Beauty in Mystery, Reclaiming Truth From the Myth of Certainty

Peace At The Edge Of Uncertainty: Finding Beauty in Mystery, Reclaiming Truth From the Myth of Certainty

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by Neil Hanson
     
 

An inspirational story of one man's journey to the end of life with his father. Filled with beautiful introspections into the nature of family and relationships, Hanson pulls no punches when questioning the struggles of difficult life and death decisions.

Most of us will face difficult and wrenching decisions at some point: When does life begin and end?

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An inspirational story of one man's journey to the end of life with his father. Filled with beautiful introspections into the nature of family and relationships, Hanson pulls no punches when questioning the struggles of difficult life and death decisions.

Most of us will face difficult and wrenching decisions at some point: When does life begin and end? What are the complexions of distinction between bare and primitive "life" on the one hand, and "human-ness" on the other hand? Where and when and how do we "play God" with our life support decisions? How do we face these questions, and work our way to effective answers?

Woven through the story are descriptions of magical and mystical encounters that inform and guide the life of the narrator, helping to open honest questions about how religion aids and obstructs the journey through faith that most of us explore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982639108
Publisher:
High Prairie Press
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
0.31(w) x 8.50(h) x 5.50(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Peace At The Edge Of Uncertainty: Finding Beauty in Mystery, Reclaiming Truth From the Myth of Certainty 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Tribute_Books_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
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.