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Subject: Life after death stories/books from various 'religions'
Date Posted: 3/25/2011 8:28 PM ET
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I am curious what is out there in supposed life after death experience books or stories.  I am not interested in just 'I saw a bright light and knew I was going somewhere wonderful'.  Have any of you read or can you point out any stories like this?  I am curious what people report who are not 'members' of the same religion.

Thanks

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 3:44 PM ET
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23 Minutes in Hell by Bill Wiese is a great book that talks about one man's vision of Hell. 

Date Posted: 4/16/2011 5:46 PM ET
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Thank you Brandon for responding.  I have that one, as well as 90 Minutes in Heaven.  I was hoping to find what other "religious perspectives" report.  I actually became curious after seeing a documentary about (and I'm going to mess this up) the connection between a bodies"hibernation" type response to severe cold and trauma which has allowed people to be resuscitated after lengthy (think hours not minutes) time underwater in the cold.  A study was done in Europe (forget country) where they interviewed a large number of people who basically died.  It made me wonder what people experienced, and figure that they would most likely come from a diverse cross section of philosophies or religions.

Date Posted: 5/2/2011 12:34 PM ET
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You are very welcome.  I know I've heard a lot of cool stories from speakers and teachers about trips to heaven, but usually it is the type of thing that is wedged in a book about a different topic (dreams, visions, etc...).

Date Posted: 6/12/2011 12:05 PM ET
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Angie, there are several "must read" researchers that have written about this topic, Raymond Moody is the very best starting point, he's the accepted authority, anything by him is enlightening; then Brian Weiss, Kenneth Ring, Yonason Gershom and P. M. H. Atwater.  For first hand accounts there's Dannion Brinkley, James Van Praagh and Betty Eadie.  It's a truly fascinating field and once you get started you'll be hooked!

Cheers, Margaret.

Date Posted: 10/30/2011 5:12 PM ET
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Good topic. Sorry I don't have a recommendation, but you made me think of two books that are novels that deal with the afterlife that are novels. 1. Safely Home, 2. Deadline. Both written by Randy Alcorn.

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Subject: Life after death stories/books from various 'religions'
Date Posted: 12/5/2011 2:50 PM ET
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Hi, just saw your question...In case you are still interested...

Life After Death
Author: Tom Harpur
Is there life after death? — This question has puzzled humankind from time immemorial. For thousands of years religions the world over have taught that life does not end at death. Ancient Egyptians used to bury boats with their dead for transport to a new life. Medieval Christendom was rife with graphic, “eye-witness” descriptions of heaven and hell. In the West today, many people claim to have seen or heard from the dead; others have “remembered” past lives while under hypnosis. Still other have experienced “death” and have returned with remarkably similar stories to tell. Yet sceptics, agnostics, and atheists have challenged or rejected the notion of an afterlife, arguing that there is no proof of it whatsoever. Who is right?

In Life After Death, Tom Harpur, religious scholar, Anglican priest, journalist, and best-selling author, takes a fresh and wide-ranging look at the question. He searches with an open mind, not for proof, but for evidence, within science, psychology, the Bible, the tenets of world religions, and the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people. And the evidence he meticulously assembles points unfalteringly towards one, logical conclusion: “Death is very much like birth. It is the traumatic but essential passage into a new phase of life.”

Life After Death is an extensively researched and eloquently reasoned investigation, which radiates the author’s intelligence and scholarship. Harpur’s powerful conclusions will challenge believers and sceptics alike. One thing is certain – his message will inspire all readers to reassess the meaning of life.

 

Date Posted: 1/20/2012 6:06 AM ET
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Being Buddhist, I'd have to say The Tibetan Book of The Dead.