Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Glimpsing Heaven - Book Review

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I picked up Judy Bachrach's new book Glimpsing Heaven at Book Expo America this year partly because I find books about near-death experiences interesting but mainly because of the book's subtitle: "The Stories and Science of Life After Death".

The "science"? Now that's intriguing.

I wasn't sure if this was going to be a book that discredited near-death experiences or not, but either way, I wanted to hear what science had to say about it.

The first thing I learned is not to call them "near-death experiences". These people didn't nearly die. They were clinically dead, and then they weren't. So, in essence, these are death experiences.

"Well, what these people claimed to have experienced is just the result of the brain losing oxygen," you might say. This book, and science, addresses that argument and so much more to really make you think about how the brain functions as the body appears to be going through its death stages - and there's still a lot that science doesn't know about that.

I don't want to give anything away in this review that might hinder your own sense of discovery and thought should you choose to read this book. And you really should choose to read this book. There is so much we don't know about a dying body because the medical instrumentation doesn't exist to measure and study what happens, especially in those first few minutes after someone is technically dead. I find the study of this fascinating, if not only to better understand how the human body works, but also to better understand the death experiences that so many resuscitated "travelers" (as they are called in the book) have experienced.

Glimpsing Heaven is published by National Geographic Books and is available to purchase now. I received a free advance review copy at Book Expo America with no obligation to review.

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