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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (353 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Bradley Hagerty Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Is spiritual experience real or a delusion? Are there realities that we can experience but not easily measure? Does your consciousness depend entirely on your brain, or does it extend beyond? In Fingerprints of God, award-winning journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty delves into the discoveries science is making about how faith and spirituality affect us physically and emotionally as it attempts to understand whether the ineffable place beyond this world can be rationally—even scientifically—explained.

Hagerty interviews some of the world’s top scientists to describe what their groundbreaking research reveals about our human spiritual experience. From analyses of the brain functions of Buddhist monks and Carmelite nuns to the possibilities of healing the sick through directed prayer to what near-death experiences illuminate about the afterlife, Hagerty reaches beyond what we think we know to understand what happens to us when we believe in a higher power.

Paralleling the discoveries of science is Hagerty’s own account of her spiritual evolution. Raised a Christian Scientist, she was a scrupulous adherent until a small moment as an adult triggered a reevaluation of her beliefs, which in turn led her to a new way of thinking about God and faith.

An insightful examination of what science is learning about how and why we believe, Fingerprints of God is also a moving story of one person’s search for a communion with a higher power and what she discovered on that journey.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristin | 2/16/2014

    " Good book, a little bit chewy, but informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandra | 2/5/2014

    " This book was fascinating about the connections of spiritual experiences and how they effect the brain. I didn't finish it, but I would like to sometime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Susan Robertson | 1/31/2014

    " I heard the author speak. She was better in person. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alesia | 1/30/2014

    " I had a mixed reaction to this book. The writing style seemed superficial and simplistic. More a narrative than a synthesis. It did highlight some interesting research into the neuroscience of spirituality. Maybe some of my ambivalence comes from the discomfort of not wanting to reduce spiritual experience to the material. Maybe it shouldn't be scientifically explained. "

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