Is There Life After Death?
My friend mentioned to me a book about the last words of dying people. She told me the book seperated and talked about the differences of people who are Christians and those who are not and how that was recorded to be a big difference in what is said as dying last words. Well, I went to Borders Book Store in Vancouver, WA to find that book but found another one instead. The name of it is "The Scalpel and the Soul...Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope." It is written by Allan J. Hamilton, M.D. FACS. I bought the book because I am constantly struggling with my faith and constantly searching..."Do I believe in God?" "How do I believe?" "Is there a God?" "What does God want of me?" And....the list goes on. With that said, I'll preface all of this to say that I am a Christian. I also believe that God is bigger than anything I can dream up and that God is not sold on just one way of worship.
At first I was drawn to the things the cover of the book tantilizingly teased the reader with promises of exerpts and stories of ghosts in the operating room, spirits, and events that would solve my curosity once and for all. And...to my surprise...there is a chapter in it that stopped me in my tracks! If I tell you the exact chapter, you'll just go find the book and thumb to that chapter. I can promise you will enjoy the first chapters too. Dr. Hamilton is such a soul-searcher himself. He is extremely intelligent and looks at issues from all side of the coin. Such as..."How will the family feel in support of their loved-one's surgery?" "Is this person mentally, physically and spiritually supported for this surgery?" He talks about how he is amazed every day at the outcomes of surgeries and the strong faith, luck and hope that pull people through that had no chance to survive.
I'm frustrated in writing this because I cannot describe the immensity of education that I learned, felt and absorbed from Dr. Hamilton's writing. It is fascinating, and yes, there are a few ghost stories, spirits in the room, unexplained events. But the most earth-shaking chapter has me on fire to think about Life After Death.
Here are some quotes from Dr. Hamilton's book webpage:
"There is more to medicine than surgery and prescriptions.
Faith, hope and spirituality are all part of healing and recovery. "
Dr. Allan Hamilton, a Harvard trained brain surgeon, shares inspirational stories
and advice that empower well being in both patients and healthcare professionals alike.
"When a health crisis strikes, we confront great dangers and dark fears.
Yet illness can offer opportunities to tap into unseen powers beyond the physical world. When we reach out, the world of the spirit becomes ours."
-- Allan Hamilton, MD
Check out Dr. Hamilton's book to find your own answers! Blessings to you!