Stephen Lives!

Stephen Lives!

by Anne Puryear
     
 

"Mom, I had to get away and think because I didn't know if life is worth living..." So begins the story of Stephen - his life, his suicide, and afterlife - told in the deeply moving words of his mother. Stephen took his own life when he was fifteen years, three months, and fifteen days old, because he felt it hurt more to live than to die. Unsparing in her emotional…  See more details below

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"Mom, I had to get away and think because I didn't know if life is worth living..." So begins the story of Stephen - his life, his suicide, and afterlife - told in the deeply moving words of his mother. Stephen took his own life when he was fifteen years, three months, and fifteen days old, because he felt it hurt more to live than to die. Unsparing in her emotional honesty, Anne Puryear tells of Stephen's short life, his heartbreaking final moments, and her own search to understand the suicide of her cherished teenage son. In the suicide notes discovered in a spiral notebook in his pocket, Stephen promised to explain his actions to his mother at some later date. For a time, Anne didn't see how she could go on. But hers is a story of hope and healing. As Anne searched to understand Stephen's suicide, something remarkable happened: she found a way to communicate with him beyond the grave. With the power of faith and the gift of spiritual openness, Anne learned to connect with Stephen in the spirit realm, beginning a series of astonishing conversations in which Stephen answers her many questions while reaching out through her to help others in crisis. Describing the circumstances of his suicide, Stephen offers lifesaving advice for kids and parents that will prevent others from committing this tragic, irreversible act. Guided by Stephen's determination to build a bridge between the worlds of the living and of the spirit, Anne Puryear's Stephen Lives! is a journey of faith and hope, revealing universal truths of life, death, and afterlife that will comfort and inspire all who journey with them.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Puryear, whose son Stephen committed suicide when he was 15, claims to have connected spiritually with Stephen through long conversations, during which he expressed remorse and implored her to help others. Ethical considerations aside, the simultaneous audio release and hefty marketing push will stimulate sales.
Kirkus Reviews
A credulity-straining account by a deeply grieved mother of her son's brief and troubled life on earth, his suicide, and his soul's happier existence in another dimension.

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671536640
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
757,914
Product dimensions:
0.68(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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Elisabeth Kubler
Stephen Lives! is an incredible consolation to any parent who loses a child...
Bill Guggenheim
Anne Puryear's book will bring comfort and assurance of life after death to millions of readers.

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