Lerma wrote this with a strong Christian bias, in case you were looking for something of a more general spiritual nature. He's also clearly a fan of Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen, which he freely and generously acknowledges. It's unfortunate that he's used this otherwise enlightening collection of experiences as a bully pulpit for Christianity; I probably wouldn't have chosen the title had I known he had such a penchant for preaching. He offers more in the way of distinctively Christian interpretation than he actually documents accounts from the dying patients' perspectives, which disappointed me.
Narrator Arika Escalona, however, is exceptionally good and deeply engaged in the material! I'd eagerly search for her as such in other audiobooks.
Because Home Fires is such a deliciously lengthy listen, don't be surprised if you often need to put it aside, because like a box of fine chocolate, it's a treat to be savored. Encompassing a half-century, Donald Katz's rich, magical weaving of history and no-holds-barred biography is seamless in its compelling beauty and complexity. Not one Gordon family member escapes the steady intensity of Katz's burning gaze into his or her life.
Especially those of us Baby Boomers caught in the undertow of the bewildering historical and cultural tsunamis which battered the last half of the 20th century will readily relate to the pain, struggle, confusion, and hope which unceasingly washed over us. Listening to gifted narrator Joe Barrett infuse Katz's masterpiece with knowing, understanding breath is an unexpectedly rare treat no Audible listener should miss, and gaining the added opportunity to hear Ricky Ian Gordon sum up his family's saga could not have been a more fulfilling conclusion.
You'll have yourself to thank for not missing this superlative family saga!
...but I used up one of my 3 Audible credits on this piece of nonsense, so evidently, that's not possible.
If you enjoy good ol' fashioned Christian proselytizing, you will adore this book! And know that according to l'il Colton Burpo, who allegedly has a junior hotline to heaven, you'll never see the pearly gates unless you accept Christ as your savior.
The rest, too, is fiction, but Colton's daddy made himself a nice sack o' money by peddling this silliness. With the vast array of wonderful, enlightening books on near-death experiences - Anita Moorjani and Dr. Eben Alexander quickly come to mind - unless you want a good flogging with colorful religious fantasy, avoid this selection.
The book consists of a series of what are essentially guided relaxation exercises rather than more specific, helpful instructions on attaining an authentic out-of-body experience. The author's vague comments on his own experiences, which almost seem indistinguishable from more prosaic nighttime dream states, are uninteresting and not in any way instructive. I was very disappointed by this work and can see why the price was so dramatically reduced.
The experience was akin to that of rubberneckers at an accident scene being told by police, "Nothing here, folks - move on." It's little more than yawnworthy.
Someone very new to the working world - as in right out of high school - might appreciate it as general, shot-in-the-arm, rah-rah encouragement with which to embark on their career, but those with a more extended employment trajectory will find it old hat, motivational-speaker style hyperbole whose main attribute is its merciful brevity.
It's mostly an enthusiastic oral delivery of his own résumé, lacking in far too much specificity to be helpful. To his credit, he's got a reasonably palatable speaking voice, although he stumbles over some of his own writing and doesn't bother to correct the flubs.
His enthusiasm is infectious...almost...
Incoherent fundamentalist blather couched in the quasi-respectable disguise of the motivational and/or organizational genres. Heavily peppered with Bible verses we've all heard at least 1,354,850 times, this book is the original Bridge to Nowhere, with some very special self-congratulatory back-slapping generously administered by the author, who is about as inspiring as a quiescently frozen mud puddle on a city street in early February. I can't even finish it, it's so dull and pointless.
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