Renz, Monika ‘Hope and Grace: Spiritual Experiences in Severe Distress, Illness and Dying ‘ – In the Liminal Sphere

Renz, Monika ‘Hope and Grace: Spiritual Experiences in Severe Distress, Illness and Dying ‘ – In the Liminal Sphere

 Hope and Grace: Spiritual Experiences in Severe Distress, Illness and Dying by Monika Renz  Reviewed by David Lorimer This book follows on from the one I reviewed this time last year – Death – a Transition. It is a study of spiritual experiences in severe distress, illness and dying based on a survey of all the […]

Parti, R and Perry, P ‘Dying to Wake Up: A Doctor’s Voyage into the Afterlife and the Wisdom He Brought Back’ Deep Transformation

Parti, R and Perry, P ‘Dying to Wake Up: A Doctor’s Voyage into the Afterlife and the Wisdom He Brought Back’ Deep Transformation

Dying to Wake Up: A Doctor’s Voyage into the Afterlife and the Wisdom He Brought Back by Dr Rajiv Parti with Paul Perry Reviewed by David Lorimer   This extraordinary story joins the likes of Proof of Heaven by Dr Eben Alexander and Dying to be Me by Anita Moorjani as a classic of recent NDE […]

Rivas,T, Dirven A and Smit, R ‘The Self Does Not Die: Verified Paranormal Phenomena from Near-Death Experiences’ – Science Supports the Reality of the Soul

Rivas,T, Dirven A and Smit, R ‘The Self Does Not Die: Verified Paranormal Phenomena from Near-Death Experiences’ – Science Supports the Reality of the Soul

The Self Does Not Die: Verified Paranormal Phenomena from Near-Death Experiences by Titus Rivas, Annie Dirven and Rudolf H. Smit Reviewed by Eben Alexander   True open-minded skepticism is our greatest ally in trying to better understand the mind-brain connection as it is revealed through the extraordinary lens of near-death experiences (NDEs). True skeptics will thus […]

Solomon, S, Greenberg J & Pyszczynski, T ‘The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life’ – How Grim is the Reaper?

Solomon, S, Greenberg J & Pyszczynski, T ‘The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life’ – How Grim is the Reaper?

The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life by Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg & Tom Pyszczynski Reviewed by Beata Bishop The title comes from William James, the worm is death, and the central theme and claim of this extraordinary book is the terror of death being the motivation of all human activity. […]

Casey, J, ‘After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory’, Martin, M and Augustine, K ‘The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death’, Davids P and Schwartz G.E – The Context of Life

Casey, J, ‘After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory’, Martin, M and Augustine, K ‘The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death’, Davids P and Schwartz G.E – The Context of Life

After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory by John Casey Reviewed by David Lorimer             The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death Edited by Michael Martin and Keith Augustine Reviewed by David Lorimer         An Atheist in Heaven: The Ultimate Evidence for […]

Claxton, G ‘Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than it Thinks’ – Busy Bodies make Clever Bodies

Claxton, G ‘Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than it Thinks’ – Busy Bodies make Clever Bodies

Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than it Thinks by Guy Claxton Reviewed by Olly Robinson The work I do as an academic is really rather unhealthy. It involves countless hours of staring at computer screens, tapping away at keyboards, with my eyes and body stuck in a fixed and […]

Barrett, R ‘A New Psychology of Human Well – Being: An Exploration of the Influence of Ego – Soul Dynamics On Mental and Physical Health’ – Ego-Soul Dynamics

Barrett, R ‘A New Psychology of Human Well – Being: An Exploration of the Influence of Ego – Soul Dynamics On Mental and Physical Health’ – Ego-Soul Dynamics

A New Psychology of Human Well – Being: An Exploration of the Influence of Ego – Soul Dynamics On Mental and Physical Health by Richard Barrett  Reviewed by David Lorimer Much contemporary discussion of well-being has focused on happiness, although the work of Martin Seligman in positive psychology has extended to meaning, an interesting comparison with […]

A. Ie, C.T. Ngnoumen, and E.J. Langer ‘The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness’ – An East-West Balance

A. Ie, C.T. Ngnoumen, and E.J. Langer ‘The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness’ – An East-West Balance

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness Edited by A. Ie, C.T. Ngnoumen, and E.J. Langer  Reviewed by Dr Alison Armstrong  This edited two volume handbook is written by academics, for academics. It is probably not very accessible to the lay reader, and it is presenting theoretical and empirical ideas and research, rather than being of practical […]

Forest, J ‘The Root of War is Fear: Thomas Merton’s Advice to Peacemakers’ – Living the Law of Love

Forest, J ‘The Root of War is Fear: Thomas Merton’s Advice to Peacemakers’ – Living the Law of Love

The Root of War is Fear: Thomas Merton’s Advice to Peacemakers by Jim Forest Reviewed by David Lorimer In the final chapter of this powerful and inspiring book, Jim Forest, himself a lifelong peacemaker who met Thomas Merton as a young man, comments that ‘we now find ourselves in a state of fear driven permanent war’, […]

Mercadante, L. A ‘Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious’ – Seeking the Essence of “Spiritual but not Religious”

Mercadante, L. A ‘Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious’ – Seeking the Essence of “Spiritual but not Religious”

Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious by Linda A. Mercadante Reviewed by Oliver Robinson There is a demographic revolution going on in the Western world. Several decades back, the label of ‘spiritual but not religious’ (SBNR) did not exist. Now surveys suggest that up to a quarter of the population […]