THROUGHOUT LIFE, we’re all faced with the same existential questions that author Leroy Nelson examines in his thought-provoking book, “Answers To: Where Do We Go From Here?”
I’ve had the privilege of enjoying 25 years of friendship with the author. I am amazed at the incredible amount of information he has managed to pack into this well-organized read on a subject we all wonder about. I am sure this book will leave you feeling as good as I did when I finished reading and pondering the questions raised throughout the book.
“Answers To: Where Do We Go From Here” isn’t written just for older adults; the author’s calm and thoughtful voice speaks to everyone from their teen years on up. People of all ages contemplate but rarely discuss the important issues that Nelson brings to light. Is there a human spirit? If so, where does that spirit go when our bodies die? Is re-incarnation real? Is there a Heaven and Hell? These are questions all of us wrestle with as we navigate life’s ups and downs, its peaks and valleys, its triumphs and defeats.
One thing remains the same though, namely, no one person has the right answer for everybody. Though most people follow one of the world religions, every one of us has our own unique beliefs. And those deep-seated beliefs (including our faith) will either provide us comfort or distress when our time to leave this world comes.
It’s clear throughout Nelson’s writing that his main goal is to get each reader to examine their own faith, to test their own beliefs, and to be comfortable in whatever views they have regarding death and what, if anything, follows after.
He eloquently and thoughtfully provides insights from different religions, different scientific and medical figures, and ordinary people who have experienced extraordinary circumstances. His casual, yet witty style of writing allows readers to participate in what feels like a late-night chat with a long-time friend. As such a friend, he wants to draw us out on a topic most of us tend to avoid – our own death. That’s what friends do.
Lauren Pries, a former Director for nohatenoviolence.com, said that while reading this book she found herself fascinated not only by the incredible accounts of Near Death Experiences (NDE) but also found herself on a journey of looking introspectively and reflecting on a similar experience she once had. That’s how this book affected me too – it helped me look inside and examine my life in light of what I already sort of knew but wasn’t really looking at clearly.
It’s clear that Nelson has put immense thought into writing something that provides both an opportunity to learn about the various schools of thought and an opportunity to work through ones’ own feelings regarding death of the body and the extended prospects of one’s spirit.
Inquisitive, intriguing, and stimulating on a relatable level – “a call to caring not only about our own death but about our family and dear friends”.
Those words best describe this book for me, and I hope that you will experience the same joy, newly aroused curiosity, and sense of inspiration that I did after reading this deep-thinking author.
Patrick Lockhart, Founder https://www.nohatenoviolence.com