Start the Conversation: The Book about Death You Were Hoping to Find

Start the Conversation: The Book about Death You Were Hoping to Find

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by Ganga Stone
     
 

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Combining Eastern spiritualism with Western science, the founder of the national charity God's Love We Deliver creates an inspiring, practical, and hopeful approach to facing death. Uplifting without being sentimental, Stone explores such important issues as fear and grief, near-death experiences, survival, and preparation for death.

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Combining Eastern spiritualism with Western science, the founder of the national charity God's Love We Deliver creates an inspiring, practical, and hopeful approach to facing death. Uplifting without being sentimental, Stone explores such important issues as fear and grief, near-death experiences, survival, and preparation for death.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If wishes could fly, this simplistic homily about what happens when we die would be airborne. The book is based on a "six-week course about death" that Stone has given regularly since 1989, and it sounds it: chatty, meandering, anecdotal, lacking the rigor of a proper study of death-for example, David Darling's Zen Physics (Forecasts, Feb. 26). This is Stone's first book, but she is well known as the founder of God's Love We Deliver, an organization that delivers free meals to homebound AIDS patients. Here, she makes no bones about her belief in the integrity and survival of the self after death, but she's coy about the likely source of her faith in this idea-her discipleship to the Hindu guru Swami Muktananda. Instead, she points to near-death experiences as proof of survival, missing the point that these experiences are called "near" for a reason, and then to flimsy evidence regarding past lives. The author does forcefully remind readers of the inevitability of death, but her scanting of the "grief process" as "not logical, not appropriate" because we're immortal anyway smacks of spiritual superiority. Stone insists that "there is literally no such thing as death," contradicting the teaching of nearly every major spiritual tradition that death is not only real but a mystery. She no doubt means well, but her book doesn't start the conversation-it stops it dead. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446672801
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
06/19/1997
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,175,547
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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Start the Conversation: The Book about Death You Were Hoping to Find 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a Gift! This book truly is the book you've been looking for about death. As a death educator, I devoured it's contents in one sitting and I am recommending it to my clients who are currently in this process.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lost my son at the age of 18 and it was a brutal sudden death, my therapist suggested i read this book. Well this wasnt for me. Its more for people to prepare for death who are dying of an illness. I do not suggest this book to anyone who is a grieving parent
J_Mae More than 1 year ago
If you are a member of the 100 percent of humanity doomed to certain death and the thought strikes fear in your heart, it's time to "Start the Conversation" with Ganga Stone. No religion necessary, just bring a mind open to common sense and the experiences of those who have gone before. I first happened upon this book at my local library and had just checked it out again when we were informed my husband had cancer. Within two weeks, he suffered a stroke that landed him in the hospital at death's door, unable to speak but very clearly communicating fear. Relating examples in "Start the Conversation" that prove we are much more than our bodies, I was rewarded by the relief on my husband's face. When he died a few hours later, a wondrous love slowly but steadily filled the room, prompting my silent cry, "It's all true!" Read this book. It will change your life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago