Raymond A. Moody
There are a whole range of
books currently out on the market that deal with the phenomena
of Life After Death or Near Death Experiences. So many in
fact that when I decided to read up on the subject I asked
for a recommendation as to which book I should read. 'Life
After Life' was the recommendation.
The problem with some books
out on the market is that they look at the subject from a
biased point of view - they either look at it from devout
believer and take everything offered as fact and evidence
of life everlasting, or they try to completely rubbish the
idea and make out that believers or experiencers are 'deluded'.
Life After Life, however, is
refreshingly unbiased. Distancing himself away from the individuals
who have only third-party experience of the dying process,
Raymond collected over 100 individual, personal accounts from
people who have, themselves, 'died' and subsequantly resuscitated.
It is these accounts that form the basis of this book.
Raymond notes how all of these
personal, inidividual accounts have striking similiarities
and common themes to the extent that with them he is able
to build a 'guideline' on the common themes people have related
when they 'died'. Could these be what happens to you when
you die? Each stage is backed up with anecdotal evidence that
Raymond has collected.
Afterwards the book focuses
on some of he parallels of what he has collected based on
other literature - namely the Bible, Plato, The Tibetan Book
of the Dead and Emanuel Swedenbord. Each past literature is
compared to the modern experiences that he has collected to
show a number of striking similarities between all four and
And to further highlight the
unbiased nature of this book, it ends with well-researched
questions and 'rational explanations' that could be the cause
of what people are experiencing. These rational explanations
are backed up with anecdotal evidence to show that they can
produce similar results, but Raymond also points out the differents
All in all this is a very enlightening
book to read. It isn't caked with belief or scepticism, but
rather focuses on the main point of what the book is about
- the evidence. It doesn't try to prove that what these people
are experiencing is truly life after death, nor is it rubbishing
them all as some medicine-induced hallucenation. It presents
the findings truthfully along with remarks and comments by
the author, and allows the reader to assume their own mark
on what has been written.
For those who are frightened
of death then this book could very well put your mind at ease.
At the lease it'll give you something to think about.
After Life' is available to buy on Amazon.co.uk.
Simply click on the front cover image above and it'll take
you to its page.