Opening Heaven's Door: Investigating Stories of Life, Death, and What Comes After.pdf
“The word is out: you don’t die when you die. That’s the message from around 15 million Americans who have experienced a near-death experience, as Patricia Pearson, in sparkling prose, shows in this enormously engaging book. I know, I know: this premise causes serious intellectual indigestion in die-hard skeptics, but we should not be diverted by their leaky arguments. The fear of total annihilation with physical death has caused more suffering in human history than all the physical diseases combined. Pearson’s message is a Great Cure for this Great Fear. This book conveys deep meaning and hope. It takes the pressure off and makes life more fulfilling and joyous. There is only one reason why you should not read this magnificent book: if you have a secret way not to die. But since the statistics so far are against you, let Pearson be your guide.” (Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters)
“Pearson brings her blend of humor, sympathy, and keen critical intelligence to a topic that is all too often off limits to writers of her caliber. This is exactly the smart book on the possibility of an afterlife that readers curious about the topic but leery of mush have been looking for.” (Ptolemy Tompkins, author of The Modern Book of the Dead and collaborator with Dr. Eben Alexander on Proof of Heaven an)
Patricia Pearson’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Business Week, among other publications. A longtime member of USA TODAY’s Op-Ed Board of Contributors, she gave a recent TED talk, “Why Ghosts are Good for You,” which points to research showing the importance of NDAs in helping people cope with grief. She is based in Toronto, Canada.
The first book by a respected journalist on Nearing Death Awareness—similar to Near-Death Experience—this groundbreaking, beautifully written exploration will forever alter your perceptions of the nature of death and life.
In a book that will spark intense debate, award-winning journalist Patricia Pearson reveals the widespread and underreported phenomenon of receiving consoling messages and visions from people who have recently died—before the news of death has even been sent.
Science may be unable to “prove” that there is life (or something else) after death, but countless people continue to experience these unexplained coincidences when a loved one dies, while others experience such visions while they are dying themselves. Prompted by her family’s surprising, profound experiences around the deaths of her father and her sister, the hyper-rational Pearson sets out on an open-minded inquiry and discovers that roughly half of bereaved persons—as well as nurses, hospice workers, soldiers, and others who constantly observe the dying—have had uncanny, transcendent experiences. These intimations of enduring bonds can radically help people process their grief and their fear. Opening Heaven’s Door recounts deeply affecting stories of messages from the dying and the dead in a fascinating work of investigative journalism, pointing to new scientific explanations that give these luminous moments the importance felt by those who experience them.
The author of five books, Patricia Pearson has earned a well-deserved reputation for examining all sides of every story on which she reports. Challenging current assumptions about what we know and what we are still unable to explain, this riveting work will be welcomed by the thousands of readers of Proof of Heaven and Heaven Is for Real.