Book Reviews, near-death experience, Parapsychology, Spirituality, Uncategorized

Angels in the OR

I'm so excited to review my fellow blogger Tricia Barker's new book: Angels in the OR! Tricia and I have been following each other on WordPress for years now, and I was delighted to discover that we both have books coming out this spring, within a month of each other. My book won't be out… Continue reading Angels in the OR

Book Reviews, Spirituality, Travel

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 Jumping Over Shadows

Book Reviews, France, Spirituality

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 The Way of the Heart: Arnaud Desjardins

Book Reviews, Parapsychology, Spirituality

Journalist Leslie Kean with more impressive evidence for an afterlife

I almost didn't buy Leslie Kean's new book Surviving Death, because I was worried it was nothing more than an overview of the afterlife evidence I'm already quite familiar with. But while there was certainly some description of the seminal case studies, there was also so much new material that it was absolutely worth the money I paid for a… Continue reading Journalist Leslie Kean with more impressive evidence for an afterlife

Daily Life, Spirituality

Difficult feelings

I was wrestling with some difficult feelings yesterday--the kind that good, spiritual people aren't supposed to have. You know what I'm talking about? In this day and age, we're all supposed to be enlightened and know that our circumstances aren't responsible for how we feel--we are. And yet...that's not how life is all the time.… Continue reading Difficult feelings

Parapsychology, Spirituality

How This Crazy Journey Began…

For all those who have asked me how I got from being an atheist with a PhD in analytic philosophy to being someone who takes seriously children's memories of past lives...here's a little of how that crazy journey began. I first started opening up to the possibility of meaning and purpose in the universe six years… Continue reading How This Crazy Journey Began…

Book Reviews, Spirituality

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 Leaving the Mormons and Finding Faith

Book Reviews, near-death experience, Parapsychology, Spirituality, Uncategorized

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 Comparing Near-Death Experiences Offers Extraordinary Evidence for an Afterlife

Book Reviews, Parapsychology, Spirituality

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 When your daughter remembers being your mom

Book Reviews, Parapsychology, Spirituality

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 The Hand on the Mirror