Embracing the Sign: A Journey of Faith, Science, and Experience (Paperback)
This memoir braids together stories about ordinary people who
had extraordinary experiences following the death of a loved one.
Each recounts a confluence of events or series of coincidences
that seemed to come from "out of the blue." What makes these
stories important is the profound effect of each experience. Each
person felt an overwhelming sense that death is not the end, that
the deceased continue to exist in some form, apart from and beyond
the death of the body.
Every-day objects--a letter, a belt, a book, a song--become
vehicles through which reassuring messages are communicated,
becoming signs representing the shared history between the living
and the dead, a history known only to them.
Living through and accumulating these stories led the author
to a sense of awe and wonder that coexisted with skepticism, initiating
research into such matters and drew her to scientists and
a new breed of theologians who find science compatible with
spirituality. Science and theology are both concerned with how
life begins. Both ask: What happens to human consciousness
when we die? This memoir follows the author's spiritual journey
from blind faith, to skepticism, to the ultimate discovery that a
fragile faith can be found, and found again, in the questions.