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Title:
Glimpsing heaven : the stories and science of life after death
Author:
Bachrach, Judy, 1948-
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Edition:
1st [edition].
Publication Information:
Washington, DC : National Geographic Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
249 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
If you caught a glimpse of heaven, would you choose to come back to life' Investigative journalist Judy Bachrach has collected accounts of the post-postmortem, and the conclusions are astonishing. Clinical death-- 'the moment when the heart stops beating and brain stem activity ceases'-- is not as straightforward as it may seem. Hundreds of thousands of post-death experiences have been documented, and for many who have died and returned, life is forever changed. And now an increasing number of researchers are turning their studies to people who have traveled beyond the near-death experience, recognizing patterns and pushing the boundaries of science. 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.
Language:
English
Contents:
The light is what happens -- Struck by lightning -- What are death experiences? -- Bliss -- Hell, or something like it -- Those we meet -- With, or without, God -- Unasked-for gifts : the knowing and the powers -- Going home.
ISBN:
9781426213700

9781426215148
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Book

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If you caught a glimpse of heaven, would you choose to come back to life? Investigative journalist Judy Bachrach has collected accounts of the post-postmortem, and the conclusions are astonishing.
Clinical death-the moment when the heart stops beating and brain stem activity ceases-is not as straightforward as it may seem. Hundreds of thousands of post-death experiences have been documented, and for many who have died and returned, life is forever changed. And now an increasing number of researchers are turning their studies to people who have traveled beyond the near-death experience, recognizing patterns and pushing the boundaries of science. Through interviews with scores of these odeath travelers,o 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.


Author Notes

JUDY BACHRACH, a renowned investigative journalist, is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and professor of journalism at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. She was educated at Chatham College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Her work as a hospice volunteer inspired her investigations into life after death.


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Near-death experience is the common term for when an individual undergoes physical death but after resuscitation has memories of retaining consciousness and awareness of what happened while they were dead. Investigative journalist and Vanity Fair contributing editor Bachrach (journalism, John Cabot Univ., Rome) attempts to find out exactly what happens when we die, through interviews with doctors, nurses, hospice workers, researchers and those who experienced near death-which she says is a misnomer. There is nothing "near" about it; these people met all the definitions of being clinically dead. Death travelers (Bachrach's term) are consistent in reporting being drawn to a peaceful white light or tunnel, often meet dead relatives or other beings, and commonly watch medical practitioners working on their corporeal bodies or observe their loved ones reacting to their demise. This happens to young and old, men and women, atheists and religious types alike. As medical science advances these reports are becoming more plentiful. VERDICT There are previous books on the subject, such as Raymond Moody's Life After Life, but this book's journalistic approach makes the topic accessible to the secular and skeptical crowd.-Janet Tapper, Univ. of Western States Lib., Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 15
Chapter 1 The Light Is What Happensp. 25
Chapter 2 Struck by Lightningp. 53
Chapter 3 What Arc Death Experiences?p. 75
Chapter 4 Blissp. 101
Chapter 5 Hell or Something Like Itp. 125
Chapter 6 Those We Meetp. 147
Chapter 7 With or Without Godp. 173
Chapter 8 Unasked-For Gifts: The Knowing and the Powersp. 197
Chapter 9 Going Homep. 225
Acknowledgmentsp. 237
Notesp. 239
About the Authorp. 249