I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this book, and enjoyed it immensely. The Effect is a rare treasure – a book that addresses the great questions of life, but does it in funny, readable and positive style. She doesn’t offer concrete proof of life after death, but the author provides what was, to me at least, convincing evidence that we have been here before – and will be here again. At the heart of this book is the theory that we actually live many lives. Phenomena such as strange coincidences, déjà vu and near-death experiences could in fact be ‘glimpses into dreamtime” – glances into lives lived in parallel universes.

However, this book is not a spiritual work - it’s firmly grounded in science. Recent scientific discoveries prove that two objects can exist in the same space simultaneously, which the author says, opens up a whole new school of thinking that could eventually go a long way to reconciling the scientific and the spiritual. The “Effect” of the title is taken from the writings of a little-known Edwardian engineer, J.W. Dunne, who published a long-out-of-print book called “An Experiment with Time”. While his theories on space and time are now unfashionable, Linda Hoy argues that they just as relevant today as they were in the 1920’s, a time when scientific minds were more open and less subject to ridicule if they did not follow the consensus.

For me the most interesting part of the book was the chapter on near-death experience. Although many attempts have been made to rationalize the strange things that happen on the verge of death, the author holds that few have been remotely successful. However, if we accept that Dunne’s “Effect” is at play, she says, then science can indeed provide a viable explanation with such experiences This book is full of funny anecdotes and quirky stories, which make the subject matter much easier to understand. Although it’s written in a humorous, light-hearted style, for me this is for me an extremely important work that deserves to be taken seriously. Essential reading.

Jon Velstadt

Tower Books


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