Reviewed by Sarah Lelonek
I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife by Raymond Moody, MD and Paul Perry. I didn’t know if it would be a medical book, an autobiography, or just a fun story about near-death experiences. Turns out, Paranormal is an exciting mixture of all three. Moody takes the reader through his journey of developing a new sector of thinking and medicine known as the near-death experience (NDE) while giving his personal story at the same time.
Moody starts off the book by taking the reader through his own NDE. He leaves out a few details, which made me want to continue reading so that I could hear the rest of his story. Moody manages to ties together his medical side with his personal life rather well. I didn’t find myself bored or burdened with medical jargon; instead, I found myself wanting to learn more.
I’m not the type of reader who seeks out non-fiction, but I would definitely do so more often if I knew of more books like Paranormal. Moody’s personal experiences are very intriguing. He has a disease called myxedema, which is a thyroid malfunction where the thyroid doesn’t work properly. I found myself very interested in Moody’s life story and his battle against myxedema.
What was more intriguing to me was Moody’s research on NDEs and how he stumbled into discovering this new field in the first place. I liked being able to read about the different case studies he conducted. Each person he talked to about NDEs had their own story, but they all had similarities. I even enjoyed his work with past life regression hypnosis. In short, I liked everything about this book.
Paranormal takes the reader backstage into one of science’s frontrunners’ mind. Not only was it very well written technically speaking, but Paranormal also offered a great learning opportunity. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever had questions about what happens to the soul after death, or to any reader who wants a good story mixed with facts and promise.
Sarah Emily Lelonek has a BA in English Literature from Kent State University. She is planning on attending Graduate School for English Rhetoric and Composition. She enjoys traveling and gaming while on breaks from working on her novel.
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