Peace At The Edge Of Uncertainty: Finding Beauty in Mystery, Reclaiming Truth From the Myth of Certainty

Peace At The Edge Of Uncertainty: Finding Beauty in Mystery, Reclaiming Truth From the Myth of Certainty

by Neil Hanson




An inspirational story of one man's journey to the end of life with his father. Filled with beautiful introspections into the nature of family and relationships, Hanson pulls no punches when questioning the struggles of difficult life and death decisions.

Most of us will face difficult and wrenching decisions at some point: When does life begin and end? What are the complexions of distinction between bare and primitive "life" on the one hand, and "human-ness" on the other hand? Where and when and how do we "play God" with our life support decisions? How do we face these questions, and work our way to effective answers?

Woven through the story are descriptions of magical and mystical encounters that inform and guide the life of the narrator, helping to open honest questions about how religion aids and obstructs the journey through faith that most of us explore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982639108
Publisher: High Prairie Press
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 0.31(w) x 8.50(h) x 5.50(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

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Peace At The Edge Of Uncertainty: Finding Beauty in Mystery, Reclaiming Truth From the Myth of Certainty 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
CMash on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
PEACE AT THE EDGE OF UNCERTAINTY by Neil HansonPublished by High Prairie PressISBN 13: 978-0-9826391-0-8At the request of Tribute Books, a TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion Synopsis (from tour press package): In this story told in the first-person form of a letter from a middle-aged man to his deceased father, Hanson invites us to journey with him through the final days of the father¿s life, finding a magical transition waiting at the end of that journey. The story weaves end-of-life reality and spiritual questioning into a sensitive and revealing tapestry of Truth and Wisdom. The tapestry is colored with true stories of mystical experiences that inform the spiritual path of the son.Most of us will face difficult and painful end-of-life decisions with the most important people in our lives. The threads of this aspect of the story are sensitive, and Hanson reveals the struggles and destinations of the son as he wrestles deeply with the journey that he must walk in making these decisions for his dying father. My Thoughts and Opinions: When I was first approached to read and review this book, and after reading the synopsis above, I honestly had to step back and think about it. Due to the fact that I am personally going through this same process, could this topic help or would it add to the stress I am already feeling. I kept reading the 2nd paragraph and felt that, yes, being the sole person responsible, it would help, and so I accepted.It is a very short read (approximately 100 pages), and as the synopsis states, is a letter from a son to his father through the process of death and dying. It is also about the journey the son takes with his own faith. And as stated in the synopsis "difficult and painful end-of-life decisions", yes, a decision had to be made by the writer and 2 siblings but I felt that it was glossed over. In all fairness to the author, my expectations were set high on surviving family members having to make the "painful and difficult decisions". Being a former nurse and now the sole family member who is making the tough decisions, I was hoping that this book would convey how important it is and to help open communication within families regarding this topic, that is so uncomfortable to talk about but a reality no less, and one conversation that should take place. My Rating: 2
SilversReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Standing beside the bed with Julie, I felt Erik's spirit as clearly as I saw his face, and it was obvious that a circle had begun to close - a circle that had been incomplete before he entered the room." Page 40 & 41.I believe in this circle too...I believe we begin to come full circle with our life and the lives of our brothers and sisters when the circle is complete with love for each other that is there, but many times not expressed. I think it is a beautiful closure for everyone.This is an extremely introspective book that will make the reader think about his/her life and the relationship with family and especially one's parents.Do you we really know another person the way we should know they feel, how they perceive/perceived things? it better to not know the "all" about the life of our parents as we grew up and our relationship with them.There is also a theme of forgiveness throughout the book. It was difficult to get started, but once you begin reading this short book, you will want to continue so you can compare your life to what is going on in the book and perhaps make changes in relationships before it will be a regret for you. 4/5
wrighton-time on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Article first published as Book Review: Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty by Neil Hanson on Blogcritics. In a time of unrest and world troubles, spirituality begins to eke back in the mainstream of society. Looking for the ever-elusive answers, many search for the process of belief.Among this trouble and turmoil, Neil Hanson has brought forth an in-depth work of his own experiences, both as a young man and later as a grieving son. In Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty, we follow the ever-expanding view and belief of Hanson as he puts his thoughts and feelings on paper, in the form of a letter to his departed father.His story is written with emotion and feeling. His emotions show through and whether they are his anger or his hope he shares them with the reader. He does not hide or try to belittle the mistakes he has made on his journey; he just states them as they are.He does a brilliant job of allowing his emotion to show through and yet he does not push his belief as the only answer. He shares his experiences of a possible after death experience with a brilliance he tries to explain, one that happened in a wrestling tournament when he was young and knocked unconscious. Even knowing at that time that something extraordinary has happened, he is not ready to believe or to share his experience.It was only as he sat with his father as his life slowly slid away and he watched the finality of the process that he is again offered a glimpse of that certain something the many often search for throughout their lives.If you are a believer in a higher being, regardless of religious belief, or even a non-believer, you will find the poignancy of the story both sad and yet interesting. The beauty of the words adds a bit of poetry and harmony.Through it all Hanson makes no excuses, he highlight his selfishness and thoughtlessness, as well as the beauty and wonder. I enjoyed the text in the form of a letter, although at times, I could not find the letter itself, and it read more like the passage of a self-expose.If you are at all interested in spirituality or just wonder about the beauty of the universe, this would be a wonderful book for you. It is short and compact but carries hope and joy, along with a different way to look at life. In Hanson¿s uncertainty, there is a form of verse and beauty: a certain creativity and sensitivity that guide you through the life of the author.This would be a great book for a book club, a chance to talk about beliefs and thoughts. It would be a chance to air perceptions and interests, and lend credibility to both sides of the conversation.This book was received as a free copy from the author. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material.
DanaBurgess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is a sentence on the back of this little book that, I think, best sums up the content therein. It reads: 'Explore the strength of "uncertainty" as a gift through which the magic of Wisdom and Truth might enter our life.'In the form of a letter addressed "Dear Dad", Neil Hanson allows us into some very personal and very spiritual moments as he 'journeys to the edge of death with his father', and remains behind as his father carries on over that edge.What impressed me most about this book was Mr. Hanson's ability to lay bare some very personal emotions and experiences without apology. As I read, I wondered to myself why it was so easy for me to simply accept the experiences I was reading about. The conclusion I reached was that in not asking me to believe what he was saying, Neil Hanson allowed me to see the truth in what he experienced. He writes in a way that is open and non-judgemental which allows the reader to be the same.The experiences Neil went through as his father lay in the ICU dying, and the realizations he came to over the following fifteen years, make for an intense spiritual story. More than that, however, they open the door to the exploration of long held beliefs as well as new spiritual ideas.In exploring the events of, and surrounding, his father's death, the author manages to explore the spiritual without spilling over into the religious. He does this by not spelling out the name of Deity but instead using 'G-d' and terms such as 'Spirit'; 'Presence'; 'Something Divine', and by alternating between male and female pronouns when writing about this Power. Also, in the 'Notes to the Reader' at the beginning of the book the reader is invited to: 'Make no assumptions or pre-judgements about what I might mean by the word, and instead, paint the word with your own beliefs.' This inspirational treatise has given me a lot to think about and has refocused my spiritual lens. It is a book I know I will return to and reread as I travel my own path of new experiences and uncertainties. Definitely one I would recommend to anyone with a spiritual - not just Christian - bent.
phh333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has experienced the death of a parent. To anyone who has had to face the difficult end-of-life decisions that can come with the passing of a loved one.This book would be an excellent choice for book clubs.
Tribute_Books_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Death is the final frontier. It is the destination of every person to walk the face of the Earth. It is unavoidable, inescapable, unknowable - yet it holds such a mysterious fascination. Any book examining death from a personal perspective immediately becomes universal in scope. We all seek to find out what lies beyond. We yearn for answers, yet fear what is impossible to discern. In Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty, Neil Hanson recounts the spiritually charged moment of experiencing firsthand his father's passing. In that hospital room, he witnessed the veil, separating life and death, briefly lift in his presence. It was a profound encounter that continues to shape his outlook on life. Hanson wrote the book 15 years after his father's death. It is composed in letter format as he attempts to correspond with his father on a spiritual plane. He hopes that by expressing his thoughts and emotions on paper the message will reverberate to where his father's soul now resides. Hanson stresses two points. First, he says he's sorry for any stress his youthful misbehavior may have caused and that he forgives his father for not always being there for him when he was growing up. Second, he tells his father that he loves him. Contrition, forgiveness and love are what Hanson yearns to tell his father from the very depths of his heart. The emphasis behind this communication is that Hanson's father was brought to the hospital in a coma from which he never recovered. The unexpected nature of the situation left no room for closure. Hanson was never able to talk with his dad again. While his body was still physically present for the remaining time they had together, his mind was not. This absence of words prompted Hanson to write this book. He longed to be able to communicate with his father one last time. While Christian in nature, the book is pluralistic in tone. Hanson does not endorse any particular faith and in fact finds that many organized religions hinder people from connecting with the divine. He feels people are desperately searching for ways to experience God in their lives, and that they are not provided with the proper spiritual instruction on how to achieve this desire. His own divine awakening began as a teenager at a high school wrestling tournament. When he was thrown to the ground during a match, he felt his soul leave his body. The atmosphere around him became suffused with light and harmony. He felt a sense of peace he never knew existed. It wasn't until his father drew his last breath that this doorway opened to him again. Albeit, this time he was only allowed to peek through the keyhole and not walk through the door. The same immense feelings engulfed him as his father's soul became separated from his body. While ultimately feeling sad for their impending separation, Hanson also experienced an overwhelming sense of joy as he felt a divine presence enter the room. With his heart rapidly beating and tears streaming down his face, he was granted the privilege of witnessing his father cross the dividing line between life and death.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
Neil allows the reader to experience very personal moments with him. He utilizes the form of "Dear Dad" to express his feelings and emotions as he remains in the ICU with his dying father. He is going through a process of grieving and letting go. The reader will realize that Neil has a strong moral character and is a wonderful son. Neil contemplates the past years, thinking of his experiences, emotions, life lessons.... The reader is very fortunate that Neil is willing to share his innermost thoughts. The author lays out his thoughts so candidly, that it is hard to question the truth behind his words. A non-religious reader will not need to worry, the author manages to stay on the spiritual side without touching much of the religious side. This book was heartfelt and emotional. It is a book worth reading at any time in one's life, there are plenty of lessons and thoughts to think over that the reader will take away. There are so many quotes in this book that the reader will remember and enjoy. The book is a short read, but that adds to the book's appeal-the author goes right to the point of the matter. This book is recommended to teen/young adult/adult readers.