Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt
If you caught a glimpse of heaven, would you choose to come back to life? Investigative journalist Judy Bachrach has collected accounts of those who died and then returned to life with lucid, vivid memories of what occurred while they were dead, and the conclusions are astonishing. Clinical death—the moment when the heart stops beating and brain stem activity ceases—is not necessarily the end of consciousness, as a number of doctors are now beginning to concede. Hundreds of thousands of fascinating post-death experiences have been documented, and for many who have died and returned, life is forever changed. These days, an increasing number of scientific researchers are turning their studies to people who have experienced what the author calls death travels — putting stock and credence in the sights, encounters, and exciting experiences reported by those who return from the dead. Through interviews with scores of these “death travelers,” and with physicians, nurses, and scientists unraveling the mysteries of the afterlife, Bachrach redefines the meaning of both life and death. Glimpsing Heaven reveals both the uncertainty and the surprising joys of life after death.
Glimpsing Heaven brings information and insight from not only those who have experienced not “near-death”, but “post-death experiences”, but also those in a position of knowledge. Ms Bachrach brings the stories of “travelers” (those that had the experience), those that actually observed the person dead and then also those that research and try to find the answers of this experience. It is common that most people are afraid of death, they want to hang on as long as they can, stay here and live. Why then do those that have these post-death experiences want to stay “dead”?
It is fascinating to know that Ms Bachrach was one of those scared to death of death. She started this book with the belief that there was nothing more to us after we are gone than just that DEATH. Nothing more, nothing less and nothing for us once we are gone. The stories she relates are amazing and full of hope for all of us. The experts she speaks with are insightful and intelligent. The “travelers” are humble and articulate. The information is amazing. What does it mean? Well that is for each reader to decide for themselves.
I think it is amazing that Ms Bachrach came into writing this book with that belief that death is just death and she ended up having hope that it is more, belief that it is more. The one continuing idea that sticks with me is that the “travelers” speak of coming HOME! That when we die, we go back home. That is a comforting idea and one that I am happy to see is expressed by those that have gone and come back. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in what happens when we leave this world, anyone that is facing a terminal illness in their lives and anyone that is just curious.Glimpsing Heaven is well written and brings a dreaded subject to the forefront.