The Modern Book of the Dead by Ptolemy Tompkins
A Revolutionary Perspective on Death, the Soul, and What Really Happens in the Life to Come

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What happens to us after we die?

It remains perhaps the single most important question we can ask, one that still inspires thousands to turn to the Tibetan and Egyptian Books of the Dead for hope and comfort. But we can no longer rely solely on ancient wisdom for truly useful answers about our own mortality. We must find explanations for the afterlife in the fruits of modern experience.

Critically acclaimed author Ptolemy Tompkins grew up in a family where questions about the shape and fate of the human soul were discussed on a daily basis, but it was only after his father’s passing that he began to consider death in a genuinely concrete way. In this boldly unconventional book—part memoir, part history of ideas, part road map to what might truly await us—Tompkins approaches the question of the afterlife with refreshing intimacy. Weaving together philosophy, science, stories of near-death experiences, and theology, he offers readers a new perspective on death and comes to an amazing and uplifting conclusion: that, somehow, human consciousness lives on.
 

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Ptolemy Tompkins is the author of four critically praised boPtolemy Tompkins is the author of four critically praised books, including Paradise Fever: Growing Up in the Shadow of toks, including Paradise Fever: Growing Up in the Shadow of the New Age and The Beaten Path: Field Notes on Getting Wise he New Age and The Beaten Path: Field Notes on Getting Wise in a Wisdom-Crazy World. His writings have appeared in threein a Wisdom-Crazy World. His writings have appeared in three editions of The Best Spiritual Writing, as well as in Harpe editions of The Best Spiritual Writing, as well as in Harper's and in the New York Times Magazine Lives column. He currr's and in the New York Times Magazine Lives column. He currently writes a monthly column ?The Winged Life? for Beliefneently writes a monthly column ?The Winged Life? for Beliefnet.com and is a regular contributor to Guideposts and Angels t.com and is a regular contributor to Guideposts and Angels on Earth. on Earth.
 
Published February 14, 2012 by Atria Books. 306 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Former Guideposts editor Tompkins (The Divine Life of Animals: One Man's Quest to Discover Whether the Souls of Animals Live On, 2010, etc.) plumbs theories on mortality and the prospects of an afterlife.

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From Egyptian and Tibetan books of the dead to contemporary near-death experience reports, Tompkins (The Divine Life of Animals) rigorously reviews literature about the edge of life in seeking answers to what the afterlife may hold.

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