Transitions of the Soul: True Stories from Ordinary People

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A collection of firsthand accounts from ordinary men and women who share a common knowledge: that the human soul survives death. Nick Bunick, author of God’s Truth and Subject of The Messengers, has gathered inspiring stories from dozens of people whose love and faith afforded them the opportunity to maintain contact with their deceased loved ones across the threshold of physical existence. Experience the joy and comfort of knowing that the true essence of each person lives on, and that no boundaries can truly ...
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Overview

A collection of firsthand accounts from ordinary men and women who share a common knowledge: that the human soul survives death. Nick Bunick, author of God’s Truth and Subject of The Messengers, has gathered inspiring stories from dozens of people whose love and faith afforded them the opportunity to maintain contact with their deceased loved ones across the threshold of physical existence. Experience the joy and comfort of knowing that the true essence of each person lives on, and that no boundaries can truly separate us from the ones we love.
  • From the author of In God’s Truth (more than 20,000 copies sold) and subject of the best-selling The Messengers
  • An inspiring collection of real-life stories from ordinary people
  • Convincing testimony that consciousness survives physical death
  • A gift of comfort in the knowledge that death cannot truly separate us from our loved ones
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Is there no such thing as death? Bunick (The Messengers, In God's Truth) has compiled various stories to convey and share precisely that understanding. Death, he argues, is only a transition of our spirits and souls from the confinement of our physical bodies into the spiritual world. The stories come from people of many walks of life and seek to address the question of whether or not we are immortal and eternal. Stories include visitations or the awareness of the presence of deceased loved ones. Some highlight angels, while others convey the presence of the other world through sights, smells, sounds, or even dreams. The stories include the passing of both humans and animals and incorporate references to immortality and reincarnation. This is probably a compilation for believers, as the stories will likely not convince skeptics. Libraries with New Age readers should consider this title. Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach P.L. Dist., FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571742520
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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Chapter One


You truly know that the spirit of God resides within you. You know with all of your heart and soul that you are a child of God. —In Gods Truth


Chase


    Blond, blue-eyed Chase came into the world two months too early. For this he suffered for the rest of his short life. With constant seizures and too much medication, he became limp as a rag doll, completely unable to move any part of his body. Sometimes he would smile at me, the corners of his mouth quivering with the strain of unused facial muscles.

    When he became too big and sickly to care for, I placed him in a nursing home. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. Many years went by, and many late-night emergency phone calls, ambulance rides, and hospital stays. The nursing home wanted to have a feeding tube installed in Chase without the use of an anesthetic due to his condition. I flatly refused, and hired an attorney to make sure that Chase's painful life would never be artificially prolonged.

    A year later, Chase began to die. He fought for each breath for four days. I had anticipated he would pass on in his sleep someday, and now I feared I had caused him even more pain. I was numb, but in the outside world around me it was spring and beautiful.

    The night Chase died, he was thirteen years old, and the June full moon illuminated the sky. I sat next to the window in my dark living room, watching the moon and stars. "Where is he? Are you all right, Chase?" I had always been there for himinthe past. Now he was alone, and he had been so out of it. How was he handling the transition? For the sake of his younger siblings, who were constantly tiptoeing into the room to hug me, I decided I should go to bed.

    It was four A.M. when I got up to lock the front door. Looking out the window in the door, I noticed the crosses on top of each of the two neighboring churches. Both crosses were brilliantly ablaze. I had never seen that before. The next day, I checked them out, but both were just wooden crosses with no lights on them. For many years after that, I would check on the crosses, but they were never again lit up. Could it have been an answer from God to my question of whether Chase was okay?

    A year later, caught up in the busy world of my three younger children, I seldom dwelled on Chase. The worst grieving had actually been when he was alive and suffering. I did, however, miss the joy I used to feel being with him.

    Very late one night, I discovered I was sitting straight up in bed, but I did not remember waking or sitting up. I was just suddenly in that position. Instantly, I sensed I was not alone in the room. My mind said to run, for I was in fear. I began to toss the covers back so I could jump from the bed. Then I saw him standing at the foot of my bed. He was not the invalid thirteen-year-old, but a strong twenty-two-year-old, handsome and physically fit, smiling at his mother. His voice, which I had never heard before, calmly formed in my head. He simply said, "It's me."

    Chase said, "I just came back to tell you I love you, and to thank you." Excitedly, I moved to wake the rest of the family. "No," was his response. "This is just for you." I told him I loved him, and I perceived he wanted me to go back to sleep. I laid my head back down and was instantly asleep.

    The next morning, I thought, "What a great dream. It seemed so real." Everyone went off to school, and I began washing the morning dishes. Suddenly, I knew I was not alone in the room. Startled, I spun around. Chase was standing in the dining room. Now my eyes saw an energy mass about five feet tall. My mind, however, saw what he looked like, the young man of the night before. He telepathically said, "I just want to stay around the family for a few days." Answering out loud, I talked back to Chase as if he dropped in every day like this. It seemed perfectly natural, as if he had never died. He hung around and watched us for the next two days, but I did not tell the other kids, as I did not want to frighten them.

    The morning of the third day arrived. I was sitting on the living room carpet with a take-home classroom test spread out on the coffee table before me, I was trying to concentrate. It was important for me to finish the test before my little boy bounced in the door from kindergarten. Chase was standing about eight feet to my left. In my head, I heard him say, "Look up." In a typical motherly fashion, answering him out loud, I said, "Just a minute."

    "Look up," he repeated. I looked straight ahead at the clock, and knew I was running out of time to get my test done.

    "Just a minute," I said again. In a more stern voice, he said for the third time, more slowly, "Look up now!" I turned my head and looked at him. He gently said, "They're coming for me now, and I won't be back." We exchanged "I love you" just as two balls of energy flew into the room, and just as quickly he flew out with them. I sat on the floor, stunned. The room seemed incredibly empty. That was six years ago, and Chase has never been back, at least where I can see and hear him.

    He gave me a great gift those three days. I have never since grieved over him, but instead think of him as a young man capable of taking care of himself. Every once in a while, some wonderful little miracle will happen to us in conjunction with something to do with Chase, but that is another story. This story is how it came about that death no longer exists in my home.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Part One / Visitations 1
Chase MARILYN LINDELL 3
Mother's Light BARBARA FURNISS BAUER 6
I Am Never Alone CLAIRE GARDNER 10
The Rock of Gibraltar TAMMY MCGOWAN 14
I'll Be There in Spirit MARC FAULKS 17
The Little Girl ANONYMOUS 19
My Daughter LISA CAHALL SWISHER 21
The Truth KATHLEEN ELLSTROM 22
Mom's Special Gifts MYRA Z. JOHNSON 24
Curtis SANDRA LINTON 26
The Funeral SHIRLEY KEELINE 33
Going Home MARTHA M. GRANDA 37
Well, I'm Going Now! MARC FAULKS 41
The Violets KIMBER LEA ALLEN 43
Our Final Good-bye CATHIE L. WELLS 46
I'm Here, Tilton, I'm Here SUSAN LEE 48
My Best Friend BETTIE WHITEHEAD 52
Princess CATHY PARADISE 54
The Apartment EVA JENNINGS 57
The Envelope JOHN LINCOLN 60
Sweetest Sister ABBIE REIQUAM NELSON 62
The Vision MAGGIEDEGEAR 64
Rob's Return BARBARA FURNISS BAUER 67
Dearest Jim JUDY WALLACE 71
The Divine Love ALEXANDER POLLAYIL 74
The Visit MARRIOTT LITTLE SHELDON 77
Aunt Margie, Dad, and Liz CHERYL NOLAND 78
I Know You're with Me, Doug MARK A. KRUCHOWSKY 84
Understanding NICK BUNICK 86
Part Two /Angels 89
Catch That Bus KAY HILLMAN 92
The Day That Death Transformed Life COLLEAYN T.
KLAIBOURNE 98
The Guardians SHARON DORLAND 102
The Angels and Grandma SHERRY SHARABAIKA 104
Harriette JOHN PIATEK 107
Good-bye, I Love You DIANE KOSER 110
A Heavenly Experience RUTH ANN POINDEXTER 112
The Witness M. O'LEARY 115
Our Journeys NICK BUNICK 116
Part Three / Sights, Smells, and Sounds 121
Don't Close the Door MARY LOU HOMER 125
Don't Worry, Be Happy ELLA GODIN LACROIX 134
Baby Marc's Life Story ALICE M. A. LALONDE 137
Christmas Spirit KATHLYN STABILE 143
You Will Always Be My Baby MARY CHRISTNER 146
The Rose LAURALEE KOZIOL 150
The Dairy Queen KAREN MONTAGUE 155
The Chimes MARILYN FERNANDEZ 159
The Eagles PATRICIA CLOYD 160
Lifting the Veil BARBARA BIBAS MONTERO 163
Beloved Ashley ERIC DELAUNE 171
The Spiritual Signs DORIS CHRISTENSEN 174
Whoosh DICK POLLINS 177
The Rebirth of Baby Jackie ROBERT PIZZAGRANI 181
Babe SHEILA T. DAHSINGER 190
My Beloved SHARON WILLIAMS 192
The Music Box ANNA R. DEAK 195
Death's Blessing KENDREA KIM MOCCIA 196
In Memory of Paul GINNY SCHUMACHER 199
Part Four / Dreams 203
A Tribute to a Dear Friend LOURENE JURKOVIC 206
My Dream Visit to the Next Life HERB LEE 212
Love Everlasting CANDACE BORJA 218
Mother, I Love You JOSEPH FLIPPO 220
Healing Dreams MARYANN DESTEFANO 222
My Bradley CONSTANCE VIAR 226
Master Antonio LOURENE JURKOVIC 230
Dad JULIE BENNETT 236
My Son's Dream PAM VANSLYKE 238
The Balance NONA BRIDGE 241
White Picket Fences ANGELA JAMES 242
The Picture PATRICIA C. HARCUM 244
Part Five / Extraordinary Personal Stories 247
Brad CHERYL NOLAND 250
Clear Prop JOE DEFLORIO 254
Be Not Afraid PETER OATES 261
Overwhelming Love CLAIRE WEISSMAN 265
The Service REVEREND DORIS ROSER 267
We Truly Are Spirits MARSHA D. KENNEDY 269
The Soul Departs COLLEEN COVEY 272
Joshua's Lighthouse Angels MARY DANSICKER 275
Trials and Lessons SHIRLEY ESSENBERG 278
My Spiritual Journey FAYE WOLFF-ALLEN 284
Bonnie SYLVIA HECKERT 293
Afterword 295
Index 297
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