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This is the true story of one man's crossing over to the Other Side in September of 2005, when, after an out-of-control heart arrhythmia at 1:15 a.m., he wakes up dead in the afterlife, and comes back thirty minutes later to tell about it. In the words of his family physician, "Dude, you have been somewhere very few people ever return from." This book also chronicles his somewhat unusual daily life since that time-one of frequent God-encounters, and visits from the other side by family and friends on a mission ...
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Overview


This is the true story of one man's crossing over to the Other Side in September of 2005, when, after an out-of-control heart arrhythmia at 1:15 a.m., he wakes up dead in the afterlife, and comes back thirty minutes later to tell about it. In the words of his family physician, "Dude, you have been somewhere very few people ever return from." This book also chronicles his somewhat unusual daily life since that time-one of frequent God-encounters, and visits from the other side by family and friends on a mission to facilitate love, mercy, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
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***Five Star Review***

"For thirty minutes, Gary Joseph was dead.  ‘Proof of the Afterlife’ is a Christian and devotional tale as Brother Gary Joseph offers his own testimony to the existence of the afterlife, as he relays his story of his death and return to the world of the living, saying that there is something after and to remember that no one is gone for good, that they wait on the other side. Of metaphysical and Christian interest, 'Proof of the Afterlife' is very much worth considering for anyone looking for tales of real people's brushes with the afterlife."

Midwest Book Review, May 2011

"I was captivated by the book to the point that I did not want it to end. It was hard to put down. There was a sense that I was talking with the Lord. I recommend Proof of the Afterlife by Br. Joseph for all ages. We need more books and authors like this."

--Monsignor Joseph Catrambone, Founder, Guatemala & El Salvador Children Missions

Catholic News Service (CNS) of US Conference of Catholic Bishops
The afterlife is a common topic of discussion for a religious brother in Santa Paula, Calif., since the publication of his book, "Proof of the Afterlife -- The Conversation Continues," a book of hope, forgiveness and mercy.

"People can say, 'Oh that wasn't just a dream.' God was having a conversation with their life," said Brother Gary Joseph, a member of the Servants of the Father of Mercy, an association of vowed and lay members in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Brother Gary said he has had encounters with God and been involved in conversations with the afterlife ever since his "near-death experience" Sept. 27, 2005: At 1:15 a.m., "an out of control" heart arrhythmia caused him to collapse and his heart to stop, and he felt the overpowering presence of God.

In that state, according to his book, he was immersed in the embracing love of Christ and absorbed spiritual messages. When he was resuscitated, Brother Gary said, he awoke and noticed the clock read exactly 1:45 a.m. "I had been like a dead man, immersed in this encounter for exactly 30 minutes," Brother Gary told Catholic News Service in a Feb. 8 telephone interview.

A priest guided him to a spiritual director who at the time was planning on doing a film on spiritual encounters. The spiritual director encouraged Brother Gary to keep a journal and eventually write a book. The manuscript was sent to Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony for theological review prior to its publication last November by the Servants of the Father of Mercy.

When people read his book, it helps them to connect the stories and dreams they have had in their life, Brother Gary told CNS. "They never knew how to interpret them."

There was a woman who had told him of her dream about her deceased husband, who was wandering helplessly and in need of her prayers. The book helped her understand the dream, he said.

Saying people have a fear of death, "a fear of dying," and they remain in the dark about it, Brother Gary said he hopes his book will trigger hope for people.

"This (book) shows there is proof of the afterlife and what you do in this life will affect you in the next life," he said. In the few months his book has been out, Brother Gary said he has already seen its effect on families in three cases. One family ordered 16 copies to be handed out to other family members and friends.

He believes the book can help people who have a terminal illness, referring to his mother and a cousin, who both fought cancer. "It's a perfect match for those with illness. It can give a lot of hope."

Although the book has been well-received by many, including Cardinal Mahony and the head of the Eternal Word Television Network, Brother Gary sometimes worries people will take it the wrong way.

"I still wonder if people are ready to hear this, that God is talking with us," he said.

When asked by CNS how one can tell if an encounter is from God, one's self or the devil, he offered two basic filters to distinguish the difference. He said the first is that the dream, vision or physical encounter will inspire greater acts of charity. Secondly, he said, the experience would increase the person's faith.

Sometimes a person can encounter the devil, he said, but when one says, "Jesus is Lord," the devil will dispel. Since Christmas 2010, "Proof of the Afterlife -- The Conversation Continues" ($19.95, softcover) is being sold by Barnes and Noble in its stores nationwide and online.Brother Gary said BookMasters also plans to stock the book in its national warehouse in Ashland, Ohio, promoting it to clients such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor and their retail outlet, AtlasBooks.

"All proceeds of the book are going to Servants of the Father of Mercy congregation serving homeless men, women, and children in America with food, water, clothing, blankets and spiritual supplies," said Brother Gary.

The Servants follow the Rule of St. Benedict. The community's religious brothers and sisters take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Its lay members must commit themselves to practicing basic Catholic spirituality and serving homeless people at least five hours a month. --(Emily Lahr)

Midwest Book Review
***Five Star Review*** For thirty minutes, Gary Joseph was dead. 'Proof of the Afterlife' is a Christian and devotional tale as Brother Gary Joseph offers his own testimony to the existence of the afterlife, as he relays his story of his death and return to the world of the living, saying that there is something after and to remember that no one is gone for good, that they wait on the other side. Of metaphysical and Christian interest, 'Proof of the Afterlife' is very much worth considering for anyone looking for tales of real people's brushes with the afterlife.
Midwest Book Review
Five Stars

"For thirty minutes, Gary Joseph was dead. 'Proof of the Afterlife' is a Christian and devotional tale as Brother Gary Joseph offers his own testimony to the existence of the afterlife, as he relays his story of his death and return to the world of the living, saying that there is something after and to remember that no one is gone for good, that they wait on the other side. Of metaphysical and Christian interest, 'Proof of the Afterlife' is very much worth considering for anyone looking for tales of real people's brushes with the afterlife."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615410098
  • Publisher: Servants of the Father of Mercy, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 622,829
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Br. Gary Joseph is the founder of Servants of the Father of Mercy, a Private Association serving the homeless in America in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Bilheimer Cabin 6

Chapter 1 Introduction to the Conversation 10

Chapter 2 Me 26

Chapter 3 Brother 32

Chapter 4 Father 44

Chapter 5 Mother 59

Chapter 6 Cousin 76

Chapter 7 Jesus 98

Chapter 8 God the Father 116

Chapter 9 Mary & Joseph 128

Chapter 10 Relatives and Friends 141

Chapter 11 The Poor, Homeless, Lost and Broken 151

Chapter 12 Lessons Learned 161

Postlogue: An Invitation 182

Addendum: Help the Homeless in Purgatory 185

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    This book was a true roadmap of how to live your life and what i

    This book was a true roadmap of how to live your life and what is truly important! Sometimes the reader needs to be reminded that being charitable and serving others benefits far more than what we want. It clearly shows we can get everything in the afterlife that we want if we just help enough other people get what they want. If we follow the teachings of the book rather than the details of what eternity looks like we achieve our ultimate goal. Please remember the author receives no financial profits from this book due to his vow of poverty! This greatly enhances his credibility! A must read for young and old! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    THIS BOOK WILL MOVE YOU TO ACTION This book is more about how we

    THIS BOOK WILL MOVE YOU TO ACTION
    This book is more about how we live our lives in the present than what happens to us after we die. That's really what living a life inspired by compassion is all about. Brother Gary shares his experiences in a warm and loving manner that focuses on how we can, as imperfect human beings, make the most of our humanity. This book is a must read for anyone who had a less than perfect childhood or anyone whose looking for meaning in there lives that goes far beyond bank accounts and material possessions. Love, mercy, forgiveness-these are the compassionate keys that can open up our hearts to share the very best of ourselves with the rest of the world. Much thanks goes to Brother Gary for sharing his deeply personal journey with us. READ THE BOOK---AND BE INSPIRED!

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Blessed are the Broken

    Through Brother Gary Joseph, it seems that God is giving us the message that mercy is at the heart of heaven. This book smacks of the consistent theme found in the writings of Flannery O'Connor (and, actually, the Gospel!): those who "make it" to heaven are not always the well-kept-together "nice" people who pay their bills on time and sit in the pews each Sunday. Brother Gary's experiences with the other side reveal a heaven populated by addicts, homosexuals, the messy, the broken. In other words, the people Jesus hung out with when he walked the earth. And the costs of a ticket into this heaven? Forgiveness. Mercy. Charity. Proof of the Afterlife leads to the realization that gossip can be just as deadly to the soul as premarital sex. A good wake-up call for us regular church-goers, this book lingers long after it's put down, instilling both a sense of hope and a call to profound conversion.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    An incredible journey of faith and the proof of the eternal life that awaits us.

    Proof of the Afterlife is a very comforting book and Brother Joseph is sincere throughout his depictions of his encounters and in his relationship with his family and close friends. This leads me to believe he truly has had all these experiences, as he has written in his book. Soon after his life-after-death experience Gary started to have apparitions, dreams and other out of this world things happen and continue for many years of his life, which he documented. Br Joseph was raised in a very dysfunctional family, with a controlling father, an abusive brother and a mother who never stood up for herself. Gary explains about his struggle to understand and forgive his parents and his brother, all who are now deceased. His greatest conflicts were with his father, who even disowned and refused to visit his own son, Gary's brother, while he lay dying. As his father grew older Gary later tried to get him to have a relationship with God, especially before his father passed on. I found this part of the book to be very emotional and difficult. Br Joseph chose to write and share about his life and this incredible journey, not only to show how he found peace during the most difficult times in his life, but also so others could find comfort in knowing there is life after death. That we may know their is a God who loves us all, even if we think we are not deserving of that love.

    When a member of the clergy comes to mind, whether it be a Nun, Priest, Father, Bishop, Cardinal or a Brother like Gary, I have never felt the need to wonder if maybe their parents or brothers or sisters also believe in God. It has never really crossed my mind until I read this book, and now for some reason I find the need to give it thought. God chose Gary to speak directly to, yet he is just like anyone else on this planet. Br Joseph is a sinner like us all, and he makes it a point many times throughout the book. I clearly understand the way Br Joseph explains how God may speak to someone. Whether it be through a dream, in our daily thoughts, however I had a problem understanding the locution thing he talks about. Gary gives many accounts throughout the book of being ?in the presence of God and having visits from the other-side. All of which I believe are genuine since he always describes them as being peaceful and always giving him guidance and understanding. Having studied and read hundreds of accounts of afterlife experiences. It has been well documented by many that do cross over and then coming back to life do keep a spirituall connection to that other-side and even continue to have visits and unusual experiences. Proof of the Aferlife is a life changing book and one to share with others. This is a very powerful book and it makes a great read for anyone, atheist, Christian, any believer in God and especially for those who may believe there is no afterlife.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    This book was fantastic-it is just what you are looking for!

    I would like to thank Bro. Gary Joseph for having the courage to share his experiences with all of us. In a very straight forward manner he preesnts what most people search for their whole lives, but don't know where to find it: Proof of the Afterlife. For anyone who has experienced some of the things that he has, his book makes it okay to admit that you have. You will love this book!

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Live To Read

    What is it like to die? Many of us will find out, but never be able to tell others about our experiences. This is an interesting novel in that the reader will experience what the author is feeling. The journal entries feel a tad preachy and even a little fake, however, they are intriguing. The reader will enjoy reading about the author's ideas and extrapolations based on his near-death experience. Many biblical references are made, these are explained well-the reader will not be confused or left in the dark. There are pictures in the middle to help explain some of the references and stories the author speaks of. The journals could have used a little more detail, it sometimes seemed that the author was explaining too much rather than letting the facts speak for themselves. Overall, a reader who is interested in this topic would be most likely to enjoy this novel.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    God Encounters: A Story of Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

    "Proof of the Afterlife: The Conversation Continues" is a beautifully written account of a most unusual experience. In July of 2005 Br.Gary Joseph made a commitment to establish a dialog and relationship with God as a top priority. Joseph writes to shed light on life-giving communication with God in the midst of commuting, routine activities, and responsibilities to help the reader learn how to hear from God and how to enter into conversation with Him. He helps the reader understand that the results of these conversations are evidenced by: . a growing peace in their heart . an ongoing dialog with God . and a continuing conversation with deceased and living loved ones This kind of experience requires: . a humble heart . an open mind . a spirit of "charity" (love) Brother Gary Joseph s.F.m. draws from dated entries in his personal contemplative journals to relate experiences, reflections, revelations, illuminations, and locutions in his book. He includes his thoughts on miracles of healing, visions, and after death experiences. The author's writing is engaging, sincere, and articulate. His views are influenced by is training and service within the Catholic community. As the story progresses Brother Gary shares incidents and conversations with his father, mother, brother, cousin, and other family members and friends. This is a book for anyone in the midst of family concerns, faltering relationships, or other life challenges. "Proof of the Afterlife: The Conversation Continues" offers hope with a message of love, mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation. In exchange for a fair and honest review I was provided a complimentary review copy of the book by the author. As Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    A thought-provoking tale of the afterlife

    I interviewed Bro. Joseph for an article and I must admit that I was intrigued when I got the assignment.

    His experience is one-of-a-kind and really speaks to those of us that still have doubts that there is indeed a higher being. His narrations are touching, thought-provoking and inspiring. What is more incredible is that he recounts his encounter with amazing clarity and depth!

    "Proof of the Afterlife" is a must-read for believers and non-believers alike. This book will speak to you.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    AN INSPIRATION!!!

    I advise everyone to read this book. Br. Gary's story involving his family and friends relates to our similar situations. Even though we have our difficulties in life, it is reassuring that through our works of Charity, Love, Forgiveness, Compassion and Respect we can help people (living and deceased). Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    Hard to Put Down

    I read the book cover to cover in one sitting. The exerience I had was one of the renewal of my faith, increased spirituality, more hope and the true meaning of reconcilliation. I enjoyed it so much, each of my adult children received a copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2011

    This is a "must read"! I would definitely recommend it!

    Br. Gary Joseph is a gifted write whose locutions and experiences have changed his life's direction. His is an inspiring story of acceptance and forgiveness, and love. Many readers will likely be able to identify with the stories included in this great read. An added bonus is the inspiring prayers and the invitation to be part of a most noble service.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    Thought Provoking and Uplifting!

    I found "Proof of the Afterlife" more than just a story about a near death experience. Brother Gary also shares his journey about learning about forgiveness, love and faith. Through it, one feels compelled to not only reflect on what we can expect from beyond but on the changes we can make today to make life better for us and those we love. I believe Brother Gary's book is a must-read for everyone!

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Br. Gary's inspiring story of his encounters with the Triune God, the Blessed Mother and various souls who have passed to the next life is nothing short of miraculous! It offers us true hope in a world that can so often seem hopeless or without meaning...may he be blessed for sharing his personal journey with us all! I highly recommend this book!

    PF,
    California, USA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2010

    It's a True Story and Highly Recommended

    Proof of the Afterlife - The Conversation Continues is a true story about one man's crossing over to the Other Side in September of 2005, when, after an out of control heart arrhythmia at 1:15am, he wakes up dead in the afterlife, and comes back thirty minutes later to tell about it. In the words of his family physician, "Dude, you have been somewhere very few people ever return from." Since that time, this book chronicles his somewhat unusual daily life - one of frequent God-encounters, and visits from the other side by family and friends on a mission to facilitate love, mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation.

    So pick up the book and come along for your own hope-filled journey into the reality of eternal life. Struggling with family, relationships, terminal illness or just life in general? This book will lead you to concrete, indisputable, life-changing and reassuring facts: God is real! He is alive and well, and in control. Your family and friends who have passed on are very much alive. They love you and are waiting for you to come home.

    Cautionary Note
    While reading Proof of the Afterlife - The Conversation Continues, God-encounters are possible, weeping and grieving may occur, and peace may flood your soul. Uncontrollable laughter and joy may follow!

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