As we lead up to our discussion of The Brief History of the Dead in April, we’re sharing articles and news of related interest.
USA Today recently ran an article pointing out an increase in popularity of books written by those who have had a near-death experience. At the Library we certainly saw a long “holds” list on Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo for several months and have had requests for similar books. In The Brief History of the Dead, author Kevin Brockmeier presents an interesting scenario of what happens immediately after dying that may or may not ring true to readers. But the fact remains that many of us are fascinated by the “what if” questions of life after death and so, of course, we will be intrigued by those who claim to have first-hand knowledge.
I also wonder if, in these times of so much uncertainty, we are more prone to take a look at “big picture” questions? As it is often said, one thing we can be certain of is death. Considering the possibilities of what happens afterwards is an investigative journey many people undertake. Have you found any certain book to be enlightening? Feel free to share now in the comments and later as part of Our Community Reads!