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Friday, August 6, 2010

Fingerprints of God Book Review

Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality, written by NPR religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty, explores some weighty questions in the fascinating exploration on the boundary line of science and faith. These questions include: “Is spiritual experience real or a delusion?”; “When we pray, what happens?”; “Does consciousness depend entirely on your brain and the unique way it works, or can it operate when the brain doesn’t?”. Hagerty explores the research being done by groundbreaking scientist concerning how spirituality works and impacts our lives. Combined with the story of the author’s own spiritual evolution, this is a compelling tale that will keep you turning pages quickly. Being an NPR reporter, this book offers a balanced approach between young scientists who feel the centuries long separation of science and belief may no longer be valid and who believe God has left fingerprints on creation for us to find and those who feel there is no God beyond the god we manufacture in our minds based on our hardwiring. In the end, the author lets you know where she falls on this continuum … but you’ll have to read the book to find that out. This is a fascinating study, complete with many compelling tales of personal experiences of believers and scientists alike, including a dramatic experience with the author and Kathy Younge were sitting on a bench outside Saddleback Valley Community Church engaged in an interview when the extraordinary happened. The experience was so spooky it ended their interview on the spot … and was the moment this book began.

The hardbound edition sells for $26.95.

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