2 out of 4 stars
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Many of us have gone through the death of a loved one. The crushing pain of grief can be unbearable as one tries to go on living, knowing that someone we cared about is now gone. It can feel like a black void where no words or actions can shift us back to what we thought was normal. That is the experience of this author, who went through two very unexpected deaths of young men and how he had to deal with it. In his book, Heaven's Call, Roger Dawson recounts the loss of family members and the astonishing revelation that the spiritual realm can communicate across the heavenly divide.
The book gives background information about Mr. Dawson's career as a social worker who compassionately cared for troubled youth. He was on the cutting edge of a new organization, Youth Services Agency (YSA), formed in the 1970s to promote community-based programs instead of institutionalization for kids in need of help.
Under his care, he implemented a new approach to reach the hearts of young, troubled souls by way of outdoor adventures such as camping and hiking. His childhood was wrought with dysfunction, but his participation in Boy Scouts and being in nature was a healing reprieve. He applied this concept with great success. He believes that if a person is introduced to a constructive pursuit, destructive behaviors will decrease and fall to the wayside.
As a man whose life work was to provide counseling and hands-on help to the emotionally afflicted, he found himself at rock bottom when his son Zach died from addiction. What followed was a series of paranormal encounters that brought comfort not only to him but the entire family.
What I liked most about the book was the section that focused on the scientific angle of the unseen realm, namely quantum physics and frequencies. This material isn't too technical or advanced for the average reader to grasp and gives insight into why people have phenomena occur that they can't always explain. It took away some of the mystique that seems to surround the topic, which may make it more appealing to doubters.
Also, I resonated with the supernatural events explained in this as I have had similar situations happen. I felt a connection of sorts with what I was reading and often thought to myself, "Yes, I have had that happen to me as well." When the author stated that he didn't care if people believed him or not, I wholeheartedly agreed. These personal visitations are sometimes only understood by those who have been a witness to them.
While I thoroughly enjoyed all that was shared, this contains too many flaws. With the need for some professional proofreading and editing, I am awarding this 2 out of 4. This PDF seems to be the beginning of a series of writings and is in rough draft form. So, my rating should not be taken in disappointment, but rather as motivation to clean this up and keep writing down what is occurring. A spelling and grammar checker should be utilized going forward, and later as more material manifests, a professional editor should be employed to do a thorough job. A polished book could be ready for the market, I believe, in a short time.
The reason for all the fuss over the writing is that readers will feel that what is stated is more credible when proper grammar and punctuation are in place. That may sound shallow, but many are skeptical about the idea of spirits to begin with, so to couple that with a poorly written manuscript would mean defeat. It will serve as a better presentation of a subject that is already under extreme scrutiny.
For those who are looking for comfort following a death, this book would be a great resource once it's in better shape. Also, this may be of interest to anyone who likes discussions about scientific explanations linked to spirituality. This probably would appeal least to those who follow strict religious guidelines that forbid the interaction between the living and those who have passed away.
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