"The Stars Still Shine: An Afterlife Journey"
by Robert Murray
Reviewed by Kathy Kehrli (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Publisher: Aura Publishing
Rating: * * * 1/2 stars
In June 1997, while walking home from work, Michael was
struck by a van and killed instantly, leaving behind a young wife and a
two-month-old daughter named Emily. This might have been the end of Michael's
story had it not been for one unusual circumstance: His father-in-law was
a gifted psychic. Almost immediately upon his death, Michael began "communicating"
his afterlife experiences to Father Murray. "The Stars Still Shine"
is an almost daily account of these "conversations."
Robert Murray (also known as Father Murray) has chronicled
these psychic talks into a yearlong journal. In it, Michael describes another
"world," not so very different from the one in which we live,
where problems still exist, growth and learning are key concepts to achieving
the next "level" and reincarnation is a very real occurrence.
For you see, Michael is only at the first level of spirituality. Here,
spirits have all of the emotions and physical problems that people have
on earth. Many are in denial and are "stuck" in a dimension duplicating
"The Stars Still Shine" is not your typical
"light at the end of the tunnel" afterlife journey. If you are
interested in near-death and psychic experiences you will no doubt be drawn
to its unique insight. There are, however, quite a few celebrity appearances,
which tended to make me believe these characters were "invented"
for the sake of storytelling. Elvis Presley and Sammy Davis Jr. organizing
musical events; Karen Carpenter and Sonny Bono for roommates; Princess
Diana as a co-volunteer campaigning for the benefit of children; all of
these are recurrent themes and since some of these celebrities died during
this same period, it seems a bit on the convenient side to enhance the
story with their presence.
In any case, I'm open to all potentialities and enjoyed
much of what this book had to offer, particularly the fascinating glances
into Michael's "past lives." If you like new age writing or just
enjoy having your mind expanded by the world of possibilities, you're sure
to draw some pleasurable moments from "The Stars Still Shine."
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