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GLIMPSING HEAVEN: The Stories and Science of Life After Death ~Judy Bachrach

“It’s a tough thing to reexamine previous beliefs and lay oneself open to completely different conclusions.  For myself, I happen to know that all too well.
“Because, I realize as I write this book, I have spent almost my entire life being wrong.  And sometimes you can reconcile what you think now with what you thought before.  But in this instance, you cannot.”  (Page 185)

Judy Bachrach is a professional journalist with a long and distinguished career, who was a volunteer in a Hospice program for many years.  She believed that when we die we are gone, there is nothing more, until she began collecting stories from folks who had died and come back to life. They carried with them memories of a different life; she began interviewing the death travelers.

GLIMSPING HEAVEN is a compellation of six years of interviews and diligent research with top medical researchers, professionals and those who have experienced living after death.  Many of the death travelers are silent about their journey because so many individuals believe they are judged to be mentally ill, but when they do share their memories, “These memories are in many instances both verifiable and chillingly accurate.” (Promotion material)

I feel it is a privilege to have been asked by TCL Book Tours   and National Geographic Books to read and review this book.  Thank you for this opportunity.

The writing style in GLIMPSING HEAVEN is quite lovely and it is a gentle reveal and pursuit.  Bachrach has interviewed worldwide experts on death traveler memories and then numerous personal stories of folks who have experienced life after death.    The reader is amazed at all the new information, discoveries, and the sheer number of people who share this experience since the invention of CPR.

The reader will be diving into their belief systems and asking the questions: What do I believe about death and beyond?  What does my belief inform me about living my life?

I expect a level of excellence when I see NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC is involved and I was not disappointed at all with this terrific read and exploration adventure.

From the promotional material about the author:

“JUDY BACHRACH is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine.  She is a longtime journalist whose early career was spent at The Washington Post, as after which she became an on-air television critic for Maryland Public Broadcasting, film critic for WRC-TV, critic for NPR’s All Things Considered and a political columnist for The Washington Star.  Bachrach has covered notable figures such as Amanda Knox, Lou Dobbs, attorney General John Ashcroft, Stephen Hawking, Nigella Lawson, one time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Sheryl Crow, Princesses Caroline and Stephanie of Monaco and others.  She is the author of TINA AND HARRY COME TO AMERICA (the biography of Vanity Fair and New Yorker’s editor Tina Brown and her husband, Harry Evans: August 2001.  Bachrach founded thecheckonline.org in 2008; the first online advice column for the terminally ill and their friends and relatives based on her years of experience as a hospice volunteer in Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy.  She graduated from Chatham College, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.  She lives in Washington D.C.

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Related Reading:
Sting and Bones
The Forever Man 
The Most Important Day of Your Life
When Women Were Birds

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9 Responses to “GLIMPSING HEAVEN: The Stories and Science of Life After Death ~Judy Bachrach”

  1. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. Interesting to read about Judy Bachrach and I’m sure her telling about the death travellers will be fascinating. There’s a lot to learn about life at death, and occasionally about life after death … which people are able to interpret and give thoughtful viewpoints. It’s an area I’d like to explore more … so this does look to be a very interesting book and read, as too no doubt the other books you listed.

    Also about how people connect with the after life … there’s definitely something to it … but sadly most of us live in such ‘now’ dimensional worlds … that we can’t explore the worlds around us – or for that matter understand such an apparently ephemeral dimension …

    Thanks for highlighting Judy Bachrach and this book … cheers Hilary
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    Patricia Reply:

    This is lovely writing and interesting subject matter. The collection of stories ties together nicely with the research in this area.

    I think many people would enjoy reading this book very much

    Was away on holiday and then had internet trouble when returned home – sorry for the late response.
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  2. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — Yes, indeed. THIS book is right up my alley! I love detailed, informative books that cause us to examine and stretch our current beliefs. After all, if our beliefs can’t stand up to scrutiny, then why embrace them?
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    Patricia Reply:


    Right up your alley! for sure.
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  3. Talon Says:

    Sounds so completely intriguing, Patricia!

    Patricia Reply:

    very interesting Kim and fits in nicely with STRINGS AND BONES theme
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  4. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I too have a high expectation of excellence when National Geographic is involved. I’m glad to see that this book lived up to your expectations!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    High expectations and no disappointment :)
    Was happy to be part of the tour
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  5. judy bachrach Says:

    Thanks so much to all of you for your comments. One of the more wonderful aspects of writing GLIMPSING HEAVEN was the chance to engage with people like you…

    best Judy Bachrach, author of GLIMPSING HEAVEN