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A spiritual counselor and lecturer shares the incredibly moving story of her 15-year-old son's suicide and her subsequent communication with him. Stephen Lives! is a journey of faith and hope, revealing universal truths of life, death, and afterlife that will comfort and inspire. 16 pp. photo insert. 304 pp. Author publicity. 30,000 print.
Puryear, who with her husband runs a holistic center and church in Arizona called the Logos Center, is seriously into interpreting auras and channeling. She asserts that not only did her deceased 15-year-old son, Stephen, ask her to write this book, but he dictated a substantial portion of it. As she tells it, spirit guides conversed with her for years before her son's death; thus, her belief that Stephen carries on lengthy conversations with her is not surprising. As she describes her own unhappy life—she repeatedly married the wrong men, and she ignored the clues Stephen gave her that he was a boy in need of help—a picture emerges of a credulous, guilt-filled woman. The book's message, as expressed by Stephen "from the other side," is that most suicides can be prevented if kids can be reached soon enough, relieved of peer pressure, helped to develop self- esteem, and put on the right diet. For a message from the spirit world, it sounds oddly mundane. An appendix contains excerpts from various sources on suicide prevention; a directory of resources for suicide survivors and those struggling with such problems as alcoholism, drug abuse, and eating disorders; and an extensive reading list on angels, reincarnation, suicide, love, diet, and allergies.
The notion of communicating with one's deceased loved ones has long had appeal to many, and some bereaved parents may find this book persuasive and even helpful. Skeptics, however, are more likely to view it as the sad product of a New Age mother's remorse and unresolved grief.
Posted June 1, 2008
I read this book about a year after my lil brother committed suicide. I have to say this book helped me be able to heal thru the loss of my brother and ease my pain. It helped me understand and make peace with what he had done. I hope other children or other people out there read this and change their minds about suicide. It isn't the answer. I thank you Anne for sharing your story so others like me can heal and live our lives again. You're a blessing from up above.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2008
This book is simply a wonderful piece to read. Every parent, every teenager, every person (not just someone who has lost somebody) EVERYONE! yes you! You have to read this book. People like me spent their teenage years toying with the thought of dying, yes either by accident or suicide...ever since I was 12. And I seemed normal, nobody asked me anything...This book is helpful for ourselves. It helps us understand more about the things that science haven't been able to explain yet we all know they are there whether we believe it or not. I have written suicide notes...this book is a step by step to healing and fully understanding what goes on when someone (and kids) committ suicide. God bless Stephen and thanks to this book my hopes have been renewed again. Thank-you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 23, 2003
Not only did this book help to heal my soul about a lose of a close friend, it also made me think about life after death and put a new perspective on everyday life. I recommend this book to every soul not just the ones who have lost someone. Enjoy it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.