Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Book on ADC: After-Death Communication by Deceased Loved-Ones

One of the categories of human experience that many of us have had, is that experience wherein a loved one who has recently died appears to us in some form.  It is usually a one-time event, and occurs within a couple of months of their passing.  Furthermore, it is not solicited by the recipient by conjuring or consorting with a psychic or medium - it just happens.  Of course, scientists and materialist will say it is simply hallucinating.  Some fundamentalists will deny it and say "impossible."  I think those with a balanced, realistic Christian understanding believe quite differently.

In the last several years this phenomena has become the topic of intense research and study, and a book was written about it and published in 1997.  The phenomena is known by the acronym ADC - which stands for After Death Communication.  It joins NDE and OBE within related fields (Near Death Experience and Out-Of-Body Experience).  The book is entitled, Hello from Heaven! and was written by Bill and Judy Guggenheim. You may want to get a copy and check it out.  It is published by Bantam Books, ISBN-10: 0553576348, and sells for around $10.00. 

Some believe that contact by deceased humans is impossible.  Those of us who have had contact simply know better.  They say we are mistaken, deluded.  Or, they say it is demons.  The problem is, "they" are saying it.  Well, "they" weren't the ones there.  I suppose they take us for fools.  But in the end, it doesn't matter what "they" say.  There is far too much human experience that is directly to the contrary.  Also, the scriptures, despite what some say, do not preclude this possibility.  I have examined all of them closely and carefully.  The scriptures do mention ghosts or spirits of deceased humans.  It doesn't matter if the word ghost is used or the word spirit - the concept within the context is ehe same - a former human being who has died is what is meant.  Christ himself mentions it in the context of saying no, he isn't one when he reappears to the disciples.  If it wasn't a possibility, why would He even mention it?  And what good is the spiritual gift of discernment of spirits if there are no differing spirits from which to discern?  I could go on and on.  The Catholic Church, as well as the Eastern Orthodox Church (two huge branches of Christianity worldwide) believe in purgatory or some form of it.  Quantum physics and string theory are also interesting in this regard, and provide a scientific basis for this phenomena.  So, it is entirely incorrect to think that solidly biblical Christians do not believe in ghosts (spirits of the human dead) doctrinally or scripturally.  That's simply not the case.  

Here is what the authors and publisher have said in the promotion of the book Hello from Heaven!:

Is there life after death? Will we be reunited with our deceased loved ones when we die? Can they communicate with us now? Hello From Heaven! contains 353 firsthand accounts from a new field of research called "After-Death Communications" or "ADCs." An ADC is a spiritual experience that occurs when a person is contacted directly and spontaneously by a family member or friend who has died - without the use of a psychic, medium, ritual, or device. ADC experiences are always initiated by deceased loved ones and can happen anywhere and anytime. The authors conservatively estimate that at least 50 million Americans, or 1 out of 5 people, have had an ADC.

Hello From Heaven! is the first complete study of after-death communication experiences. The authors provide an introduction and overview of this field and focus on the twelve major types of ADCs people report, the loving messages they receive, and the effects on the lives of the experiencers. They present persuasive evidence that ADCs are authentic contacts by deceased loved ones and discuss some of the many far-reaching social and spiritual implications of their findings.

During their seven years of research, Bill Guggenheim and Judy Guggenheim interviewed 2,000 people who live in all fifty American states and the ten Canadian provinces. Through their in-depth interviews, they collected more than 3,300 firsthand accounts from people who believe they have been contacted by a deceased relative or friend.

The 353 firsthand accounts in Hello From Heaven! are deeply poignant and comforting. Presented as complete short stories, they offer powerful emotional and spiritual healing, especially for those who are grieving or afraid of death. Many reveal information the people did not know - and could not have known - before their ADCs occurred. In other cases a person's life was protected, or even saved, by an ADC experience. And sometimes two or more people were together at the same place and time when they shared an after-death communication. Read these joyous and uplifting reports and decide for yourself whether they offer modern-day evidence of life after death.

Hello From Heaven! has been featured on "20/20" by ABC-TV News and by many other TV and radio programs, newspapers, and magazines.

Note: If you have personally had an A.D.C., or know of someone who has and wouldn't mind sharing it, please contact me at  I am extremely interested in collecting these stories.  You do not have to share your full name.  Just a first name will do.  Thank you!

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