Benevolent Virus, A
How do you live once you know what its like to die?
What happens when we die? And what happens to those of us who are propelled into the strange reality of a near death experience? How do we re-integrate into the world when our understanding of reality has been turned upside-down? A Benevolent Virus follows the intertwining stories of two NDE survivors who struggle to make sense of their lives in the wake of an NDE. Ann Richards, a successful television reporter is faced with the breakdown of her marriage and her career as she struggles to get to the truth of her experience. Daniel Breton, an ex-Marine who was near-fatally injured in Fallujah, tries to find meaning in his NDE by recording the stories of others who have had similar experiences. Both Ann and Daniel are set on a spiritual adventure that forces them each to explore ideas of consciousness and the quantum universe that challenge their old worldview.
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A gripping read and an in-depth look at near death experiences, their implications for our understanding of death and their impact on the lives of survivors. An easy to read novel and an introduction to a subject that affects everyone - the age-old question of what happens after life as we know it.
~ , Light of Consciousness Magazine
Although this is quite a short book, it still has a gripping tale to tell. It concerns two survivors of near-death experiences, following them as they struggle to come to terms with their ordeals and altering the way they think about life.
This well-written work of fiction displays an obvious depth of research into the subject. This gives it such an edge that, at times, the reader feels the stories to be real. You become involved with the characters' lives and it draws you in and has an emotional effect on you s if they're people you've come to know.~ Sarah Connor, Eternal Spirit
A Benevolent Virus is a collection of poignant and gripping stories about spirituality and near-death experiences. The author speaks of the soul, post traumatic stress disorder and post traumatic growth, current psychiatric notions of spiritual or numinous experiences, using her accumulated knowledge and wisdom from multiple philosophical traditions to define a path of spiritual freedom and enlightenment. I had read many books earlier on the topic of NDE, but this one I could not put down until the last page of the fiction. This is essential reading and I recommend to anyone interested in spiritual growth. ~ Ebrahim Amanat, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry at USC, and author of Suffering and Spiritual Growth
Frances O'Brien's A Benevolent Virus is a thoughtful and moving account of one woman's struggle to come to terms with a life-changing near-death experience. Impeccably researched, lovingly crafted, and deeply insightful, this elegant and timely novel is sure to touch your heart. ~ Michael Prescott, New York Times bestselling author
A Benevolent Virus is a much needed book on the subject of near-death experiences (NDEs). This novel is thoroughly researched and also shows the authorâ€™s great understanding of just how powerful NDEs can be and of their profound short-term and long-term after effects. It deals with the difficulty of understanding such a profound experience and then integrating it into oneâ€™s life. A Benevolent Virus is a lovely novel riddled with insights and wisdom, providing a compelling read. This is the type of virus that would serve well if spread to the whole population; I hope it reaches a wide audience! ~ Dr Penny Sartori, author of The Near-Death Experiences of Hospitalized Intensive Care Patients: A Five Year Clinical Study