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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (April 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465049311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465049318
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 11.5 x 18.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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This little book is a superb meditation on the mysteries of death (and life) for a Christian. With characteristic clarity, Neuhaus offers a series of ruminations on his own near-death experience, from which he emerged with his faith fully intact.
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By John Zxerce on June 6 2002
Format: Hardcover
First of all, I'm very skeptical about anyone being visited by super-natural beings. Indeed, I believe it is wise be skeptical about those kinds of reports. It is essential to test, and critique those accounts. However, with that said, I am also a person who has very much enjoyed the previous writing of Neuhaus - especially 'The Naked Public Square'. As a result, I wasn't sure how to take this book. Here are some thoughts.........
--Someone once said, 'death is an interesting statistic, it's one out of one'. We will all face death and as a result our awareness of death can be both existentially shocking as well as an intense motivator for pursuing ultimate reality and religious truth. Neuhaus does a great job of guiding the reader to this realization.
--Neuhaus writes a book, which is dramatically different from books like 'Embraced by the Light'. It is a book not about warm and subjective feelings, but it is about how we face the difficulty of dieing. How do people who believe very different things deal with death and react to dieing? Where can we find comfort? What is true about the after-life? These are complex questions requiring honest answers. Neuhaus is honest, but I wish he had been more specific regarding how he answers these questions.
--I do appreciate his non-sentimental writing and his willingness to write a book as personal as this one. There's no question this book ends up being inspirational, however, I'm still not sure on exactly what Neuhaus prescribes for the problem of the human condition. Is it religion, relationship, forgiveness, faith? Since he is a Catholic his religious convictions do come through, but if I had my way, I wish he was a bit more theological in his conclusions.
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By A Customer on May 31 2002
Format: Hardcover
Fr. Neuhaus has done us a great favor. He has devoted his considerable talent and energy to writing a book whose subject we would rather deny than meditate on. He has left us with challenging questions which only we can answer for ourselves about that most mysterious and certain occurence - death. He has taught us that meditating on death should change our life - but that is our challenge and our choice. Finally he gives us a preview of how the mind works when one is seriously ill. I hope my mind works like his when my turn comes.
When Neuhaus turns his incisive intellect and fine writing style to any subject , serious readers will not be disappointed for what is difficult is made plain with insight and wit.
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By A Customer on May 28 2002
Format: Hardcover
Oh dear. What a travasty that the the political blinders of a previous reviewer kept him from seeing what an extraordinary, moving, and deeply humane book As I Lay Dying is. This book is an astonishingly suggestive meditation on the limits, blessings and mysteries of human finitude. Father Neuhaus lovingly suspends us at the meeting point of our deepest hopes and anxieties and asks us to open ourselves to being vulnerable: to others, to ourselves and ultimately to the One in whom there is finally life and life abundant. As I Lay Dying is remarkable in its patience, subtlety and humility. Highly, highly recommended.
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