In Life after Life, Raymond Moody investigates more than 100 case studies of people who experienced "clinical death" and were subsequently revived. First published in 1975, this classic exploration of life after death started a revolution in popular attitudes about the afterlife and established Dr. Moody as the world's leading authority in the field of near-death experiences.
Life after Life sold millions of copies and forever changed the way we understand both death and life. The extraordinary stories presented here provide evidence that there is life after physical death, as Moody recounts the testimonies of those who have been to the "other side" and back, all bearing striking similarities. These moving and inspiring accounts give us a glimpse of the peace and unconditional love that await us all.
©1975, 2001 Raymond A. Moody, Jr., M.D. (P)2011 Tantor
This was a wonderful book considering that it was published in 1975. Raymond Moody is to be commended for his wonderful efforts in this field. A true pioneer. However, I much preferred the newer "Evidence of the Afterlife" (Dr. Jeffrey Long and Paul Perry) I pretty much felt this book was a waste of my credits. Nothing new, and not enough.
The narrator is far better suited to the reading of fiction. At times, the vocal technique was distracting and even annoying. The narrator would continue a line until his breath was completely used up, giving a pressed quality to his speech. This detracted from the flow of information that was inherent in the text. It is worthwhile to persist in listening, however, since Moody's book is considered foundational in the area of near-death studies.
Having read "Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences,"by Jeffrey Long and Paul Perry, before "Life After Life," at first I thought Dr. Moody's book was like reading something I had already read before. Not bad, but not anything new. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when it went off in a few unexpected directions.
"Life After Life," like "Evidence of the Afterlife," attempts to put together some rudimentary statistics and find common elements of NDEs (Near Death Experiences). I say rudimentary, because Dr. Moody says the number of cases he compiled is not high enough for deep statistical analysis. This is in contrast to "Evidence of the Afterlife," which compiled a large number of cases from all over the world through use of the Internet.
It should be noted that with "Life After Life" being published long before "Evidence of the Afterlife," the cases compiled by the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) are almost identical, making the two books very complimentary to each other.
Where "Life After Life," shined, however, was a section on comparing modern NDEs to some ancient texts. Among those texts were, The Bible, selected writings of Plato, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish philosopher and scientist from the late 1600s who also wrote about the subject of the afterlife.
Of those texts mentioned, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, in my opinion, read so much like an NDE that one could attribute parts of it to someone that had nearly died during a car wreck in 1992, and it would hardly raise an eyebrow among those familiar with NDE experiences. Once again, showing that the ancients had a higher degree of knowledge and wisdom than we care to give them credit for.
A few other topics were also discussed that were not included in "Evidence of the Afterlife." One was on hallucinatory drugs, such as peyote. Missing from the discussion, however, was DMT, often described as the spirit molecule. While interesting, this discussion was short and on the lite side.
The other topic that was more interesting to me was a somewhat more in-depth look at NDEs of people who had committed suicide. These were pretty uniformly described as being negative experiences for the person who took their life, but ended up surviving the event. This differs from "Evidence of the Afterlife," because it contained very few, if any, negative NDEs that I can recall.
All in all, I am not disappointed in "Life After Life." The biggest knock against it is that, by luck of the draw, I had previously read a very similar book. However, it should be noted that in the 30-plus years of data collected between the two books, very similar in this case, is really astonishing. Then throw in the similarities of ancient texts, and one understands that this is a phenomena that dates back to the beginnings of recorded history. One could also speculate that it goes back well before recorded history, as well.
I really thought it would be better. The stories are interesting but it did get a little dark. The content is hard to get and very subjective. Overall it was just ok nothing more.
Yes, but only the hard copy or paperback because of the audio book narration.
I believe the narrator had a health problem, maybe had a stroke or something similar. In my opinion, he should not still be narrating books. Sometimes he would run out of breath before finishing a sentence, or it seemed he had a hard time "pushing" out a word. He would also pause in the middle of sentences. I really think it was hard for him to get the words out. I was worn out listening by the time I finished the book and did so only because of the interesting subject matter.
Yes, if you can tolerate the narration.
This book is just OK, it's informative, assuming all of the stories in this book are true. I agree with some of the reviewers, the narrator sounds like his is out of breath at times. The information in the book puts me at peace somewhat, it answered some of the questions I had about death, validation, if you want to call it. But it's not super good or bad, hens the three stars. A good purchase if you catch it on sale, which I did.
For its time, the book was a major revelation, and a break away from the current knowledge of the time, which held several camps, one being material scientific view (consciousness dies along with the body, and after a person dies, there is simply nothing more) and the hyper religious view (heaven and hell, perhaps also purgatory, but knowledge of these was ideological, not experiential, and therefore flat).This book opened the floodgates of people's minds so that they could entertain the idea of life after death. That's why I believe Dr Moody is a God sent, for the purpose of opening that door.There have been 1000s of books published since then about life after death, or channelings of people who have passed on, etc. And for people who have read these books, you may not discover anything new for yourself. But if you are a skeptic, not sure what to believe, or want a scientist or doctor to validate this kind of information from a more scientific rather than Spiritual point of view, this book is perfect for you. Dr Moody, goes through a list of commonly asked questions and concerns and answers them all.
I appreciate the reporting of the testimony in a logical way. Not speculating (at least too much). The speculation that was there was fair.
Very informative; it held my interest from beginning to the end!
The subject matter is something I've been studying for a number of years, especially since I had an acute stroke and realized how near the end my life has become.
great book for those of us who have lost loved ones and struggle with what is happening with them during their transition. This book reassures my own personal faith and beliefs.
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