Jumping Over Shadows

I'll admit there was probably no way I wasn't going to love Annette Gendler's 2017 memoir Jumping Over Shadows. I'm a sucker for cross-cultural romances, and for international dramas liberally sprinkled with phrases in foreign languages--especially when those languages are French, German, and Hebrew. And I can't remember ever reading a novel or memoir of Jewish... Continue Reading →

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Meant to Be

I love asking couples the story of how they met. Falling in love has always seemed to me something of a miracle. In the space of mere days--or even hours--you can go from not knowing another person exists to wanting to spend the rest of your life with them. If that's not magic, what is? And then there are the... Continue Reading →

The Way of the Heart: Arnaud Desjardins

Last month, I returned to France for the first time in several years, and one of the highlights of my trip was getting to browse my favorite French bookstore. As you can see from the photo, I didn't leave empty-handed! The top three titles in the pile are all by a fellow named Arnaud Desjardins, well-known in France... Continue Reading →

Leaving the Mormons and Finding Faith

You may know author Martha Beck from her bestselling self-help titles such as Finding Your Own North Star and Steering by Starlight. Both of those books were of immense help to me during difficult transitions in my own life, but I had no idea when I was reading them just how hard-won were the insights that Beck shares in those books.... Continue Reading →

Comparing Near-Death Experiences Offers Extraordinary Evidence for an Afterlife

First-person accounts of near-death experiences have been all over the bestseller lists in recent years. Think of Eben Alexander's Proof of Heaven, Anita Moorjani's Dying to Be Me, and Todd Burpo's Heaven Is for Real. It's hard to read these narratives without having one's perspective on death--whatever it is--profoundly challenged. And yet individual stories of near-death experiences leave something... Continue Reading →

When your daughter remembers being your mom

Baby Katie learned to speak very early, and as soon as she could string sentences together, she began repeatedly asking her mother, "Remember when I was your mummy?" It was all fun and games--after all, kids say the darnedest things!--until one day her mother, Deb, decided to play along and asked her, "What was your name... Continue Reading →

The Hand on the Mirror

Less than four years after their wedding, Janis Heaphy Durham's husband Max passed away from cancer. Durham was a spiritual person, raised in the Presbyterian church and blessed with a strong faith in God, but even if she suspected that death was not the end, she was entirely unprepared for what happened next. In fact, I doubt... Continue Reading →

Children Who Remember Heaven

A few years ago, philosopher Stephen E. Braude wrote an excellent book analyzing the evidence for life after death. His book, Immortal Remains, stands out from most other works in this field by virtue of its rigorous attention to detail and its careful consideration of alternative hypotheses for the evidence: notably, the super-psi hypothesis, which attributes apparent contact with the deceased... Continue Reading →

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