Saturday, October 25, 2014

Glimpsing Heaven by Judy Bachrach-4.5 stars

Bachrach, Judy, Glimpsing Heaven. 6.11 hrs. unbar. Blackstone Audio, 2014. Audible Download.
What would it be like to have a near-death experience? Are there any common characteristics between all of the ones people have had? What’s it like to come back to life? How are their lives forever changed? Death Travelers, as coined by those who are a part of the NDE crowd, are people who’ve brushed with death and lived to tell the tale. Some common characteristics, such as overwhelming love and peace and an out-of-body experience, are experienced by all. While others, how stay dead longer, may see angels or dead relatives while others may not. Is there a scientific explanation? Why do so many researchers have such an interest in this topic? Why are some not so willing to share their experience? In this book, Bachrach dives into the world of the unknown and attempts to understand what happens after death. She tries to make sense of such questions as she deals with the upcoming demise of her own mother.

The book is very well-written and fairly objective about near death experiences. Her bias of being a skeptic, an outsider, helps her and the reader to take an in-depth look at what others have experienced. Although she only briefly cover while some are so skeptical, her look at the science and research as well as the experiences, leaves the listener to draw their own conclusions. Narrator, Susan Boyce does an excellent job of bringing to life Bachrach’s work. Her clear sounding voice is smooth and interesting to listen to. Her intonations transition easily between experiences and scientific thought while never losing the reader. Readers interested in near death experiences will not be disappointed. 

4.5 stars. HS, ADULT.