Immanuel’s Veins

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Dekker, Ted
Immanuel’s Veins
It is a story about good vs. evil.  Redemption vs. sin.  Honor vs. self fulfillment.  It is all these but it is mainly about love.  The power of pure love vs. the corrupt power of seduction and possession.  Toma loves Lucine but he is honor bound to be her protector and follow his queen’s wishes to have her wed another.  Toma keeps his love a secret and Lucine falls under Vlad van Valerik’s seductive spell.  She is to become Vlad’s bride and only Toma can save her from damnation.

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Hello from Heaven

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Guggenheim, Bill and Judy Guggenheim
Hello from Heaven
This book presents different types of after-death communications, as evidence of eternal life and eternal love. Raymond Moody, who reported his seminal research on near-death experiences in his book, Life after Life,  has high praise for this work.  It certainly provokes thought about life, love, and the transcendence of our spirits.  It’s both a fast and interesting read and chapters can be read out of sequence.  This book has made me stop, think, and question some of my own experiences.

Departures

from Chris Garland
Departures, Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film 2008
‘Departures’ is a deeply moving film about death, a subject we don’t
like to confront,  but this film does it with grace, dignity, humility and
beauty.  It is about saying goodbye to loved ones for the last time and
thereby evoking the value of life.  How do we honor those who have passed?
How do we confront our own lives and the act of living?  ‘Departures ‘ is
the story of a young man’s spiritual journey as he is faces death every
day in his work.  It is through this that that he begins to understand the
joy and value of life.  All of us have been touched by the loss of someone
we love and this film honors and celebrates those feelings.