3 out of 4 stars
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The Atheist and the Afterlife—An Autobiography, is a stunningly honest work by Ray Catania. He journeys through his traumatic childhood with lightning speed and sharp words. The trials of his life are exposed to everyone in the harsh light of reality. With a bold voice, he makes no excuses for his personality, nor does he ask for understanding of any flaws the reader may perceive. In abrupt, often foul, language, he describes the peculiar events that took place in the past and continue today. His struggle with the voices he hears leave him doubting his own sanity. The strange experiences have him doubting his own reality. The fight for a scientific understanding to an ability that many don ’t believe in shakes his world. He shares his theory on what happens to the energy in our bodies when we die and explains the science he believes backs up his theory. A one time atheist, he finds himself in the unique position of not only believing in the hereafter but also communicating with those that have passed. It is a remarkable account of his spiritual growth and mental fortitude.
I honestly do not know what to think after reading this book. I loved the emotional pull and raw feeling of his work. The way he opens up about his doubts and flaws, leaving him vulnerable to the public without hesitation, is refreshing. Whether you believe his story does not matter, it is his journey. The science research he has done and the connections he has made are intriguing and worth the effort to look into.
His brisk manner can leave you with gapping holes in the narrative. I would have enjoyed a more fluid, flowing piece. The explanations of what he hears and sees are a little hard to follow. Some parts feel a bit dis-jointed when you read them.
3 out of 4 stars for this book. While the writing is not as smooth as a seasoned writer, it is gripping. The trauma, angst, and doubts all come through as a stunning reality. It contains a few mistakes, but they do not distract the reader from his story.
People that are interested in the afterlife, mediums, and the ability to see into the future should enjoy this book. However, if you are triggered easily and/or mind foul language, it is not a book for you. This is definitely one for mature audiences only.
The Atheist and the Afterlife - an Autobiography
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