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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god for anylitical thinkers

Excellent summation of some of the most provocative evidence for there being much more going on in the universe than our material paradigm insists. I want it in written form so I can follow up on her resources but was entranced by it in audio format. Two minor quibbles: the narrator keeps mispronouncing "psilocybin" (which I found mildly irritating) and it gets repetitive at the end, but definitely a fully engaging listen and very possibly an eye opener for the spiritually uninitiated.
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- Dorthea Brooks "rdw959"

Beautifully written

In the pop-psychology genre there aren't a lot of women authors. Women think differently from men in a good many ways; so the amazing thing about this book, in my opinion, is that only a woman could have written a book about this subject and have done it in such a beautiful way. The hard science behind God is obviously non-existent, but does that mean that he/she is non-existent. Well that is for each individual to decide for his or herself. I recommend listening to this book if you are interested in this question and a few others. This lady does a good analysis of this subject from a semi-scientific point of view and she uses a woman's natural empathy to write a splendid pop-psychology book.
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- Michael

Book Details

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