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A Ray of hope in the literature of despair
am 13. September 1998
I have just completed "What Dreams May Come" which I came across, quite accidentally, at a local book store. Although I have read extensively about reincarnation and afterlife I had never heard of the book or the author. In fact, I was in therapy with Brian Weiss, M.D. after reading his books about reincarnation. His efforts were kind but I could not "let go", nor find answers to the questions I had about the afterlife. This book, however, is very assertive and direct.
My one criticism is that although Mr. Matheson portrays his story as "fiction" he adds a letter in the beginning of the novel, saying the book is all true except the fictionalized characters. This left me feeling a bit unfinished my self when I read the book. I needed to understand more about him and why he so ardently believes the story he wrote. It would be wonderful to have a dialoogue with the author who remains anonymous, to some extent, because his novel tells the story for him.
I suffered the terrible, tragic, still unexplained loss of my daughter in late 1980, and have spent much time trying to understand the depths amd breadth of that which remains mysterious. And of those tragedies for which we are unprepared. And the strong sense that all these things are occuring as a part of a plan.
More,recently, I have tried to "let go" of my daughter because I had the real sense that prolonged longing and grief were bad for her soul--but how do I know that soul really exists? As a "believer" I seem to be something of a doubter as well...
However, I do not want to paint a grave picture, my life is full of light too, not only tragedy, and fear and grief. I wrote a book call "White Light" before I knew or heard of the phrase in metaphysical terms.
The book, held fascination, it is on the edge of hope if only Mr. Matheson would come forward. However, when I finish this document I am buying it and sending it to two friends: one who lost a son last summer and one who needs to read Mr. Matheson's words.