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In Life at Death, Dr. Ring, after interviewing more than a hundred near-death survivors, was not only able to confirm Moody’s basic findings, but extended them in important ways by establishing an empirical basis for the different stages of the near-death experience. He also showed that the aftereffects on the experience are consistent, dramatic and profound. The fear of death tends to vanish, and the total impact is akin to a spiritual rebirth.
Laced with humor, these essays are not morbid or morose, but highly entertaining and edifying. They are not just full of an old man's droll complaints about his wayward bodily decay, but also contain serious reflections on life and insights from his work on death and a possible afterlife. In addition, Ring reflects on what other literary figures have written about death, and he delves into subjects like psychedelics and their possible use with the dying. All his essays trace his sometimes surprising, and occasionally antic, journey along the road whose terminus is certain but unknown. They let the reader glimpse into what it has been like for one elderly, but still lively, man waiting to die who has so far failed to reach his goal, though he is convinced he will get there in the end.
About the Author
Kenneth Ring, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Connecticut, the author of five books on NDEs, including his bestselling Lessons from the Light, and cofounder and first president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS).
Their accounts are lively, poignant, searing, tragic, yet often laced with touches of surrealistic humor. Most of all, they show Palestinians in all their humanity and will help American readers see beyond the usual stereotypes. The stories in this book are meant to introduce Americans to contemporary Palestinians who represent both the traditions of their culture and the bright promise of their future.
"The letters in this book will break your heart and they will make you laugh. I am excited to invite others to learn from them as I have. It is my hope that these Palestinian voices will inspire you, as they have inspired me, to believe that a peaceful and just future in Palestine is not only essential, but indeed possible."
-- Anna Baltzer, Author of Witness in Palestine
"Kenneth Ring’s compassion and his clear understanding of what decades of dispossession have meant to the Palestinian people come through strongly in this beautiful book. He has been able to draw out the Palestinians who speak here to talk about what Israeli oppression and the lack of freedom mean to Palestinians as individuals and to the Palestinian nation. The result is a powerful testimony to collective heartbreak and pain, but also a story of continued Palestinian determination and the endurance of their quest for justice."
-- Kathy Christison, Author of Palestine in Pieces
"It’s rare to find a book that tells a story, political to the core, in such a personal, apolitical manner. Letters from Palestine is that type of book. Its stories are articulated through the views, so heartfelt and personal, of dozens of Palestinians, many of them young. But within the seeming simplicity and straightforwardness of their stories lies their unmitigated depth, strength and extraordinariness because it’s these sentiments, the loss, the longing, the hurt and the hope that have shaped and continue to shape the Palestinian history of steadfastness and struggle.
Letters from Palestine is searching and powerful, remarkable and daring. It’s a serious attempt at understanding what the media have missed, deliberately or otherwise, for many years. It must be read and recounted for years to come."
-- Ramzy Baroud, Author of My Father Was A Freedom Fighter
Eine Nahtod-Erfahrung ist wie eine Neugeburt!
Wenn mit Evelyn Elsaesser und Kenneth Ring die beiden erfahrensten Forscher aus der Alten und der Neuen Welt ihre ganz Kompetenz bündeln - dann ist das Ergebnis ein außergewöhnliches Werk.
Aufgrund ihrer umfangreichen Forschungen kommen die beiden Wissenschaftler zu dem überzeugenden Ergebnis, dass eine Nahtod-Erfahrung nicht nur die Gewissheit vom Weiterleben nach dem Tod schenkt, sondern auch zu einer tiefgreifenden Veränderung im fortdauernden Erdenleben führt.
Das Erlebte schenkt vielen Menschen einen gänzlich neuen Blick auf das Leben. Sie erkennen die EINHEIT der Schöpfung und die unfassbare Ordnung und Gesetzmäßigkeit, die das Dasein aller Lebensformen erfüllt. Nichts geschieht zufällig – in allem waltet ein tiefer Sinn. Diese Einsicht führt bei sehr vielen Nahtod-Erfahrenen zu einer tiefgreifenden Veränderung ihres Lebenswandels.
Ein faszinierendes Werk, das Himmel und Erde auf eine bisher ungekannte Art und Weise verbindet!