For those who have lost a loved one to that liar and fraud named Death.
So reads the dedication of William Peter Blatty's Finding Peter, a deeply moving memoir that tests the bounds of grief, love, and the soul. Blatty, the bestselling author and Oscar Awardwinning screenwriter of The Exorcist, lived a charmed life among the elite stars of Hollywood.
His son Peter, born over a decade after The Exorcist, grew from an apple-cheeked boy into an "imposing young man with a quick, warm smile." But when Peter died very suddenly from a rare disorder, Blatty's world turned upside down.
As he and his wife struggled through their unrelenting grief, a series of strange and supernatural events began occurringand Blatty became convinced that Peter was sending messages from the afterlife.
A true and unabashedly personal story, Finding Peter will shake the most cynical of readersand it will remind those in grief that our loved ones do truly live on.
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From the Introduction:
Might you believe it if I were I to tell you that my beloved son Peter, who passed away at the age of nineteen, looked up at me from his crib when he was barely six weeks old and said, “I love you,” and that over the seven years since his passing at the age of nineteen, he has given Julie, his mother, and me unremitting strong evidence that his death, like all human death, is a lie. The task of this book, its sole and entire purpose, is to win your belief that this is so and give ease to the hearts of those reading this work who have lost a loved one, most especially a child. But I must go slowly, very slowly, for first I must win your belief in me. Along the way you’re of course allowed to smile. Starting now....
This is me, Bill Blatty, writing in the voice of my early comic novels and about to tell you of a gift so extraordinary, so wonderful, that has blessed me so late in my life, which is the gift of not merely believing but actually knowing there is life after death. But besides immortalitya subject for which I have to prepare you for the first three-quarters of this booka secondary theme of these headlong jottings straight from the heart is that mysterious something long known to us as “Providence.”
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I love this book! I confess that I have been a fan of William Peter Blatty since I first read "The Exorcist" while I was in high school. He is a writer who is not afraid to tackle the "big questions" such as is there a God and what is the purpose of existence yet at the same time he knows how to tell a great story so that you don't feel like you're being hit over the head with his on opinions. This book, unlike most of his others, is non-fiction, but the first part is all about his life from childhood up to the present and it reads like fiction in that it is colorfully and amusingly told. It is, in fact, one of the funniest things I have ever read about anybody's life. The point seems to be to show how he feels that the "hand of Providence" has led him to the point of writing this book which is ultimately about the tragic death of his son Peter and about what he sees as "signs" (he would say proofs) that there is an afterlife and that death is not the end for any of us. This part of the book is something of a sudden change from the first part which is so funny but I can see how he needed to explain all about his life in order for us to see why he feels about death as he does. This second half is extremely touching and i think that whether you believe in life after death or not (and I happen to) you would have to be a pretty insensitive person not to be profoundly moved by the story of Peter and his death and the struggle by his parents to come to terms with that reality. I think this is a book that anyone who ponders the question of what happens to us after death and who just loves really good writing will enjoy as I certainly did.
While I enjoyed reading about his childhood life, especially his mothers colorful ways, reminded me of my mother. I would have wanted to read more about the experiences he had with Peter. I am a believer in life after death, for I have had several experiences with loved ones that have passed on. Especially with my mother.