Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Science of Life After Death

Book DescriptionA new book from Oaklea Press, The Science of Life After Death, draws on recent research by the Windbridge Institute and an ongoing study by the University of Virginia, to provide indisputable evidence of the continuation of human consciousness, separated from the body, after death.

The author, Internet talk show host Stephen Hawley Martin, has been interviewing quantum physicists, scientists, and researchers of the paranormal since his weekly talk show, The Truth About Life, debuted in 2007. The book reports what he has learned and postulates a theory to explain it.

My Review
I confess that this book is not what I expected. While I have no doubt that the soul and spirit live on after death, I didn’t find anything that really convinced me of the theories outlined in this book. I also didn’t find any new information. One exception is that you can now become a “Certified” medium. I had never heard of that before, but I’d love to see the Board Certification exam. Some of the topics discussed are, ESP, the remote viewing experiments from the 1970s, reincarnation (past lives memories), and near death experiences.

There are quite a few claims made in the book, but little to back them up. For example, in 1979 three psychics were contracted by – someone – to decide where the Skylab would hit when it crashed to earth. All three of them guessed the crash site by 5 miles, but this story does not make it scientific fact. There was a lot of talk about scientific experiments, but nothing to back it up. The claims of scientific proof are pretty far-fetched.

I don’t think science will ever prove life after death, but for those of us with a faith in the God of the Bible, we don’t need that proof.

Follow-up 9-5-09. I received a rather rude email today from a publicist from Oaklea Press . They did not like my review and actually accused me of not reading the book. He couldn't believe that I did not accept the "solved cases" from psychics and "cases involving such things as birth marks that mimic fatal wounds, missing hands, fingers and legs that mimic those lost in the previous life".

The problem is that the word Science was used in the title, and there was NO DOCUMENTATION OF ANY OF THIS, just the author saying it happened.

Follow-up 9-6-09 I received an email of apology from the publicist.


  1. I don't like it when books, of a scientific nature, mention something that doesn't prove anything and they don't provide anything to back up this claim. It doesn't make sense.

    I do agree with you though. I'm not Christian, but even with my faith I agree that science will never prove the knowledge of the unseen. That's where faith comes in.

    Great review!

    ~ Popin

  2. Thanks for the review! I would like to read this book, just to read about the various theories, but it of course would not be enough to shake off what I believe in. Does that make sense? :)

  3. Great review. For a publisher to accuse you of not reading because they didn't like your review is BS in my opinion. A review is a discussion of what YOU the reader got from the book. That's why we can't always go by one person's review of a book because we can all get something different out of it. There have been many books I enjoyed that others thought were not so much and vice versa.

    Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews

  4. Seems pretty nervy of the publisher to say that to you. If you are going to write or publish you must know taht not EVERYONE will like your book. Sounds like an interesting read, but not one I would go to for answers.


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