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The Modern Book of the Dead

A Revolutionary Perspective on Death, the Soul, and What Really Happens in the Life to Come
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Publisher: 
Atria Books
 | 
March, 2013
ISBN:
9781451616538
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From Egyptian and Tibetan books of the dead to contemporary near-death experience reports, Tompkins (The Divine Life of Animals) rigorously reviews literature about the edge of life in seeking answers to what the afterlife may hold. “Our beliefs about the world beyond are hopelessly vague,” writes the author, who argues that scientific reason has undermined our faith in the possibility of consciousness surviving the body. Tompkins, whose research was prompted in part by the death of his father, New Age author Peter Tompkins, synthesizes Eastern and Western beliefs to arrive at a theory of the afterlife that accepts reincarnation and a forward-moving process of spiritual evolution. By incorporating timeless traditions alongside more esoteric ideas, The Modern Book of the Dead is a winning history of humanity’s numerous imaginings of the hereafter.

For no matter what kind of a brave face we might try to put on it, a life lived without a coherent, focused, and serious picture of the afterlife is, quite simply, a life without context: a life that will, in the end, always be missing half of itself.

Ptolemy Tompkins grew up in a family where questions about the shape and fate of the human soul were discussed on a daily basis, But as he explains in his boldly unconventional new book, it was only with his father’s death that he began to think about death in a genuinely concrete way—as something that really and truly will happen to each one of us. Part memoir, part history of ideas of the afterlife, and part road map to what might truly await each of us when we leave our bodies behind, The Modern Book of the Dead is a wise and courageous book that approaches the question of the afterlife in a refreshingly intimate manner. Weaving together philosophy, science, stories of near-death experiences, and theology, the author comes to one amazing and uplifting truth: that somehow, human consciousness lives on after death. Both inspiring and intimate, this modern meditation allows the reader to think about death in an all-new way.

Publisher’s Description: 

A modern exploration of what happens after death, uniting spirituality with philosophy, biology, neuroscience, and rich examples of afterlife experiences.

What happens to us after we die? Its a question humans have always asked, and entire civilizations have been shaped by the ways in which theyve answered it. All the worlds religions offer their own perspectives on what happens after death, and even in the modern world, where the existence of the soul is so often questioned, channeling and near-death experiences have kept those ancient questions alive. Even in todays largely secular society, thousands still continue to turn to ancient texts like the Tibetan and Egyptian Books of the Dead for consolation and inspiration. Like the worlds other great sacred works, these Books of the Dead offer wisdom, hope, and comfort.

 

Part memoir, part history of ideas of the afterlife, and part road map to what might truly await each of us when we leave our bodies behind, The Modern Book of the Dead is a wise and courageous book that approaches the question of the afterlife in a refreshingly intimate manner. Weaving together philosophy, science, stories of near-death experiences, and theology, the author comes to one amazing and uplifting truth: that somehow, human consciousness lives on after death. Both inspiring and informative, this is a modern meditation that allows the reader to think about death a new way.

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