Fingerprints of God

  • by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Good Overview of "Spiritual Biology"

A very well done book presenting the science involved in how we have spiritual experiences. She talks about her own spiritual experience and how it drove her to find out more about how the brain works, how other experience a divine presence, etc. She also gives a good overview of the counter-arguments against these things being anything other than our brain firing in a unique way.

For those of a spiritual inclination, there are many, many stories of people encountering a divine force, and how they became important forces of change for that individual. For those not inclined, it's provides insights into why people feel the way they do, as well as a layman's view of how things happen.

The audio presentation is also well done. The reader does a good job with the material and is easy to understand.
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- Mark

An Honest Examination, Some Beautiful Conclusions

I would have given the book 4.5 stars, because I do think it has its flaws, but I rounded up to 5 because it honestly was worth every penny I spent to listen to it.

As a person searching for God without sacrificing reason, my belief in the power of observation and the scientific method, or my honesty, I found Hagerty's book incredibly insightful. She surveys spiritual experience across many religions and through many people, emerging with some common denominators as to what mysticism may all be about.

The book has its slow chapters, and sometimes I got impatient with what I saw as repetitious points, but this is really nitpicking.

Overall, it was a fantastic book that changed my perception of spiritual experience - and God.
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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-15-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio