Stop Worrying! There Probably Is an Afterlife (Anglais) Broché – 31 octobre 2013
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There are many things I like about this briskly paced, refreshingly humorous book. I like the structure - the way the author eases us into the evidence, moving smoothly from one topic to another (the segue from NDEs to mediumship is particularly effective). I like the choice of what to include and, even more so, what to omit; the book does not get bogged down in technical debates about super-psi or convoluted skeptical objections, and does not cover physical or materialization mediumship, areas that have historically been rife with fraud.
Above all, I like the book's tone - friendly, relaxed, reassuring, and undogmatic. Note the word "probably" in the title - and the cover image of a smiley-face Grim Reaper.
"Stop Worrying! There Probably Is an Afterlife" is a world-class addition to the growing body of literature on this most intriguing and controversial subject.
(Disclosure: I received a free review copy after making a small donation to the author's crowd-funding effort. As far as I'm concerned, it was money very well spent!)
As to the book itself, it is a fine primer for those readers just dipping their toes into the Afterlife Ocean. Although, most all of the book's contents are readily found in many other books dealing with this subject, the true allure of Greg Taylor's take on things is to be found in his writing style. He writes wisely and presents the evidence for an Afterlife most cogently and cordially. To his credit, he remains open-minded throughout and isn't overly trying to prove things one way or the other. He is smart because he realizes that, with regards to Life after Death, we are still essentially stupid. No one really knows. Not the NDEr nor the skeptic, nor the scientist or atheist or ardently religious-minded. If the total length of the electromagnetic spectrum were a movie film unraveled and stretched from Canada to Mexico, our personal experience and knowledge of that totality comprises but one frame of film! We know so little, perceiving through a glass darkly and too easily thinking the shadows in Plato's cave are the ultimate reality. But all the "evidence" aside, it might just be that none of us truly believes we vanish at death because...we truly don't. Perhaps once something is truly begun, it continues on, as in the first law of thermodynamics wherein energy cannot be created...or destroyed. So rather than the bad baggage-laden word Death, then, why not think of the departed as having Graduated or Transmogrified or further Evolved?
As to this book, it is, yes, a very well-done primer and I recommend it to everyone, true believer and hardened skeptic and all types of people in-between, who desire an open-minded assessment of the Ultimate Mystery. Sadly, too much of the book's evidence of the efficacy of mediumship is based on the Society of Psychical Research's late 19th/early 20th Century studies. Though many of these tales are startling, they can no longer be investigated for the simple reason that all of the principals have crossed over! Where is a truly incisive study of today's mediums, such as James Van Praagh, Sylvia Browne or John Edwards? These folks are supposedly doing much the same as was done over a hundred years ago - yet where are the truly in-depth probes into their alleged talents? And if OBE is real, where are today's out-of-body experiencers and why aren't they being tested to see if they can, indeed, read the card on the cabinet's top shelf? Why hope that in the hospital operating rooms that do, in fact, have such hidden cards for a near death experiencer to hopefully see it and read it and bring its message back to earth? Are there no Robert Monroes around today? Also, I would love an author to run to ground stories such as those I have heard from celebrity mouths, but have never seen investigated or even addressed. Two stories come to mind: Telly Savalas told of his extended encounter with a ghost and Arthur Godfrey spoke of seeing the ghost of his father at the moment his dad had died thousands of miles off. These two examples are truly worth investigating - but I have yet to find an author who has done so. Mostly the same old stories are presented in books of this sort, drawn and distilled from earlier books and resources. There is much new ground that can and should be covered - or rather uncovered - if only the researchers were willing and able to do so.
In brief, turn the cover quickly, read the book carefully and always, always keep an open mind - for if there is, indeed, a postmortem existence, it is more than likely a mental one. And for that ultimate trip the only luggage we can really pack is therefore what we can fit in our hearts and minds.
And let me tell you, it does NOT disappoint.
The stories covered within it are riveting, and the case he builds using both scientific findings balancing the anecdotes is very convincing. You will walk away from this one feeling uplifted, and - dare I say - spiritually expanded.
I will be buying copies of this for MANY people this winter holiday season, you can be assured!