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Sep 25th, 2011 at 8:54pm
 
Two of the top twenty nonfiction paperbacks on the New York Times best seller list are about the afterlife. NON-fiction.

www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/paperback-nonfiction/list.html

The titles are The Boy Who Came Back for Heaven
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Heaven Is for Real

I haven't read them but the titles are encouraging.
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Reply #1 - Oct 2nd, 2011 at 1:13pm
 
Betson:

Have you read either of those books? Do they present a more enlightened viewpoint or do they support fundamentalism? What people are buying them?
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Reply #2 - Oct 2nd, 2011 at 1:55pm
 
I looked around a bit and the boy from the book "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven" is part of a nondenominational Evangelical church.

The boy from the book "Heaven is For Real" has a father who is a pastor.

Therefore, it is possible that the books are doing well because a bunch of fundamentalists are reading them. If the books get fundamentalists to consider a more positive outlook, great, but if not, argh!

One of the books provides a description of the Devil, and supposedly he has three heads and each head tells its own lies. God looked like a really big man.

Gosh! If kids are going to have NDEs, why can't they have NDEs that are going to be more enlightening? Perhaps if they have NDEs that are "too" enlightening, their books wouldn't sell as well because fundamentalists would acuse them of being in cahoots with the Devil.

Considering some of the books that do sell well (e.g., ACIM),  perhaps it isn't always a good sign when they do sell well.  I never see Bruce Moen's books at Barnes and Noble even though they were published by Hampton Roads publishing. Instead a book where a kid describes what the Devil supposedly looks like sells well.

Perhaps when mature souls in this World start to outnumber immature souls, inaccurate sources of information will stop selling so well. Right now discrimination really seems to be lacking. Even some of the people who don't buy into Christian Fundamentalism buy into ACIM Fundamentalism. Trying to get them to see how ACIM is misleading isn't much different than trying to get a fundamentalist to see that Fundamentalism is misleading. "NO BOOK should be allowed to overly influence how a person thinks.
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Reply #3 - Oct 15th, 2011 at 11:12am
 
Thanks Recoverer!

I won't post any more 'book news' unless I've read the books, which I hadn't in this case.  Smiley I certainly don't recommend such material. I'm very glad that you looked into the matter.

My time here is very limited for now, apologies for the late response.

Bets

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Reply #4 - Oct 27th, 2011 at 12:32am
 
I think it is still very interesting indeed that books of any point of view about the afterlife are attracting so much attention. It does point to an underpinning of great yearning to feel secure in the face of death, something we can all identify with. I recall Monroe's teaching about how we create the heaven or hell we imagine especially when we imagine them en masse, so these places are very real...they just aren't the ultimate reality of the afterlife, but then, we ourselves have been busy creating the afterlife of our choosing...for example, The Park. Once upon a "time", there wasn't any Park...we had to create it, humans began the creation of it and are continuing to create it. And the readers of these books are continuing to add to the creation of these "heavens and hells" that their forefathers began long ago. Either way, it 's nice to have someplace to go, and I don't think The Park is the ultimate afterlife place anyway...we just aren't advanced enough to access the "higher consciousness" places that are beyond even The Park. But I'm sure they are out there, and some folk are enjoying them. Vee
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