Reviews of More Than Meets The Eye, True Stories About Death, Dying, and Afterlife
The book was serendipity. At age 55, I realized that I was on the downhill slide, and white knuckling it, on the way down. My fear of death led me in search of reassurance, answers, and peace. This book gave it to me. The stories were told by every day people and by the author as well. I felt a great sense of relief and peace upon finishing the book.
~ Dale Morrison, Pulaski, TN
This is simply an amazing book which is informative, easily understood and absolutely real. It dispels the fear of death and soothingly shows that our souls never die; they just continue to evolve. Communications from loved ones who have passed on are beautifully illustrated and give comfort in knowing that they are but a thought away. The stories within are compelling and no nonsense. I couldn’t put this book down and although I am no stranger to these beliefs and knowings, it was refreshing to be able to regain the assurance that is provided in the pages within. If you have questions, they will be answered. If you have doubts, keep an open mind and take faithfully the messages given in this marvelous compendium of channeled wisdom. If you already know, then the words will remind you that we are not alone. Whatever you do, don’t let this book get away. It is not selling or preaching, just giving truths. You don’t want to be left out.
~ Carl David, Philadelphia, PA
The day after I finished reading this book, a friend of mine let me know that his dad had passed away while in hospice for less than a week. I found it comforting to find out that the situation had been a positive for the family, but the way I found out was not from my friend’s report, but from Yvonne Perry’s book, More Than Meets the Eye.
I’m not new to this subject. As a healing practitioner and psychic-medium, I find the study of death, dying, the afterlife, and reincarnation among my most favorite things to discuss, and I read voraciously about it. Yvonne’s book is a wonderful addition to my library with vast knowledge about a range of topics including religious viewpoints, personal accounts, and extremely helpful tips for anyone who is dealing with a dying relative, hospice care, suicide, and euthanasia. These are not necessarily topics we want to deal with head-on, but I found the ones I shied away from most were the ones I got the most out of.
You can tell that Yvonne Perry has a terrific zest for life and sense of humor. I felt lighter just reading the book as if a healing was taking place. Her research is apparent as she weaves the information together with first hand stories from others who have had experiences, and referencing other authors and experts. The addition of Yvonne’s personal opinion rounds out the book with one of honesty, truth, and comfort.
I enjoyed reading this book and especially the first-hand stories. The book completely validates my personal belief system that we are souls living a human experience, and just passing through to learn what we most need to know. I thank Yvonne for this book and her knowledge on the subject. I will also highly recommend this book since I know it can help many people during a difficult and transitional time. Quite honestly, one should never be afraid of death again. ~ Harriette Knight
Who hasn’t wondered about what’s on the other side of this life? Even with explanations offered by faith and religion, most of us continue to harbor doubts and fears for ourselves and those we love. In this gentle book, author Yvonne Perry offers comfort and insight about what happens when we die and what waits on the other side.
Though well documented and researched, Yvonne’s work is not a detached, scholarly report. She writes with passion and love, sharing her personal stories of near death experience and those of countless others. Through the intimate stories of those who have crossed over and returned, as well as stories from people who have had contact with those who have died, we are given an understanding of “…eternal souls with ongoing missions; that time exists only on earth; and that everything is happening simultaneously.” Commenting on her personal journey, Yvonne adds, “It dawned on me that being in human form is only one way we progress spiritually on our path back to our Creator.” She shares her own journey to understanding and offers comforting reassurance that our loved ones can and often do communicate with us. She says:
“Our loved ones who have crossed over communicate with us in a variety of ways. They may bring a familiar smell, or leave coins, feathers or other objects in our path. They may appear as a bird, an animal or take human form. They may come to us in our dreams, or may be the voice we hear in our head. No matter how you sense their presence you can be assured that YOU’RE NOT CRAZY! They really are near and they want to communicate.”
Yvonne Perry is especially sensitive to those whose religious beliefs do not adequately answer all their questions, or whose experiences don’t match what they’ve been taught. No matter what your current beliefs, everyone can benefit from this wonderful book of insight, comfort, and loving reassurance. Yvonne Perry’s own words say it best:
“The point of this book is not to persuade you that one way is correct or incorrect, or to create a new doctrine, but rather to offer information and insight that may assist you in creating your own beliefs about this mysterious process of transitioning back to God/Source. Many people refuse to consider any explanation that doesn’t match the viewpoints they already own. If you are convinced ahead of time (like I was years ago) that something is or isn’t true, you will be tempted to find data that substantiates your belief. Therefore, I encourage you to keep an open mind and consider the ideas presented in this book as if you were in your car, curiously trying out a new road to see where it might lead. You may find that it brings you to a new or better understanding of death and afterlife. You may discover a road less traveled, and realize it was running parallel to your familiar route all along. Perhaps you, too, will see more than meets the eye.”
Perry closes her book with these comforting words:
“Do not be afraid! If death is upon you, rebirth is on the way. There’s always a springtime to follow. We are just passing through this veil. There’s always more than meets the eye!” ~ Linda Davenport, Harrison, TN
Like everyone, I have questions about death and what lies beyond for our spirit. This book was a great source of answers and reassurance from people who have “been there and done that”, and I found it fascinating. I would never have believed some of these things possible until I had a personal experience that left me looking for more answers and new possibilities. There is, indeed, so much more than meets the eye in this universe! Very interesting reading – I highly recommend it!
~ Wendy Lachmuth, Pennsylvania
Readers looking to select a book about death, dying, and the afterlife come in two broad categories—those who have already found answers and are looking for books that reaffirm and don’t challenge their beliefs, and those who may have found answers, but are still open to hearing about others’ experiences. Readers of the second type–the seekers—will find much of interest in Yvonne Perry’s collection of firsthand accounts, More Than Meets the Eye: True Stories about Death, Dying and Afterlife.
Perry’s point of view is by no means dispassionate and objective. She writes movingly about her own near death experiences and the spiritual journey that compelled her to study these subjects. No one religious ideology overlays the book. Rather, she shares views and experiences of many people, well-documented in her bibliography.
In “Souls and Ceremonies” (Chapter 4), Perry takes a fascinating look at the rituals of death from a historical perspective–from early Egyptian practices to modern embalming in the U.S. after the Civil War. Particularly interesting and comforting were the true stories of near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, and spiritual visitation.
Perry’s honest, straight-forward style is not bogged down by a lot of jargon or diversions that wander from the subject at hand. Seekers will appreciate this book and be glad for the time they’ve invested in hearing others’ experiences with the Greatest Mystery on Earth. ~ Sheri Sinykin, Wisconsin
This book offers something for everyone. Whether you are new to learning about the near death experience (NDE) or have studied the phenomenon for years, this title holds a number of insights. Filled with multiple personal stories told from several points of view (including friends and relatives of the departed as well as those who’ve experienced an NDE), the stories are enlightening and comforting.
Many people question what will happen in the hereafter. Perry’s book offers reassurance and comfort to those who’ve recently lost a loved one or are questioning their own existence. ~ M. Hinds
This is a wonderful book which gives comfort, hope and details of the system we call life. When we are through on Earth we do not die, we just leave our physical bodies and move on to higher planes of existence. This compilation of true stories instills faith and awareness. Well written and easy to read. Don’t miss this book!
~ Arlyn David, Philadelphia, PA
I came upon this book at a time when I was looking for spiritual answers about life/ death and why we are here. The book spoke directly to some of the issues I was struggling with as well as areas of related interest. It is written in a manner that is easy to read without being condescending.
I appreciated the stories but even more the information about burial options, living wills and the commentary about how we handle death and the dead in our culture. I found the near death experiences and stories about contacting loved ones on the other side particularly comforting because they come from the experiences of average people, not folks preaching an ideology or trying to make a buck. I was also surprised to find my own experiences and developing beliefs validated by many of them. My thanks to the author, this is one I’ll hang on to. ~ Vonnie Faroqui Nashville, TN
This is a very powerful book. It has more information than the cover indicates. If you are spiritual this is a MUST READ. Yvonne Perry has a terrific writing style. The book directs you to websites with additional information. Highly recommended.
~ Dottie A. Randazzo, Delaware
A thought-provoking book that provides comfort and enlightenment for those who are dying, grieving or watching a loved one die. Explores what happens after death, complete with stories from near-death experience survivors. An excellent book for reaching beyond religious doctrine and embracing the Great Mystery of life and death. In addition to providing support for the idea that life continues after death, the book provides practical advice about death-related topics such as what is really involved in the embalming process and the importance of creating an Advanced Health Care Directive or Living Will. ~Laura Ramirez, author of Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting, Reno, NV
In More Than Meets the Eye, true stories of individuals and their encounters with near death experiences are shared. Yvonne Perry explains why death is not to be feared, why many of us do fear death, and ways to overcome our fears. We are given glimpses into what the afterlife holds.
Perry speaks about souls and the ceremonies we hold, ghosts and spirits, and our spirit guides which assist us on our journey. She touches on treatments for the remains of our loved ones. The sensitive subject of suicide is discussed. Euthanasia and the two types, active and passive, are talked about. Perry speaks of the benefits of having a Living Will and what it will do. She even includes a copy of a Living Will which when completed and photocopied, may be used as a legal document.
The concept of hospice care is explained, and it can be a great option for many families whose loved one has a limited amount of time left to live. Perry states that hospice comforts the whole family emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually while preparing for transition. It should be noted that hospice helps to heal, not cure, all issues.
Anyone who has lost a loved one or who has questions or uncertainties about death and dying will find the book helpful and informative. The whole process is portrayed as positive and uplifting. I found the first hand experiences to be quite interesting.
This book made me think about life and death in ways I never have before. One should find great comfort in knowing that all the stories had a common link among the individuals. It appears that we all go to a Light Source and find a better place with God. A consistent thread of all those having near death experiences or getting a taste of the afterlife is that there is a better place to go to than where we are now. That is definitely something to look forward to! Almost everyone having these NDE was reluctant to return back to the life we currently know to complete their living. This should provide comfort for those concerned about loved ones having already passed on. The comforting consistent message is that God loves us unconditionally.
“Our fear of death is an unrealistic fear. Death should be feared no more than birth, for there is no separation between the physical and non-physical realms.” Perry gives comfort by stating that it does not matter what our religious background is, we may find comfort in knowing that our life on Earth is not all there is – that there truly is more than meets the eye! ~ Kelli Glesige for Reader Views
In More Than Meets the Eye, published by Write On! Publishing, author Yvonne Perry explores one of life’s greatest mysteries: death. She takes on the topic in an easy to follow format. In a little more than 150 pages she explores our cultural ideas about death and the dying process in order to bring us to some understandings about life here and in the hereafter.
Basically she suggests that life and death are on the same continuum. That death is as inevitable as birth and the choices we make between those two points will touch us in the afterlife which she refers to as part of the cycle.
“As it is in heaven so it is on earth and vice-versa. Birth, death and rebirth are simply part of a cycle similar to the seasons of our earth. There are seasons for planting, growing, waiting, harvesting, fading and resurrection,” she writes in the book’s Conclusion.
Her thinking is similar to that exhibited in Einstein’s famous E=MC2. Namely that energy can never be created or destroyed. It is always in a state of becoming. She writes: “Energy replaces energy whether we see it or not. Death may seem like a dormant season, but it is far from it.”
The goal of the book is to celebrate the choices we have in life AND in death. Neither, she suggests, is to be feared.
“I can remember sitting in the back of the church and listening to the preacher talk about Heaven. If Heaven is so wonderful, I reasoned in my young mind, why are people so sad when someone dies and goes there?” Perry writes.
Perry, a graduate of American Institute of Holistic Theology has spent a great deal of time and thought on how death can be embraced as a natural process that leads to other realms of reality. Utilizing the stories of those who have either had near-death experiences and/or have had interactions with loved ones who have passed on, she shows the many facets of experiences that are possible for the living.
These true story interviews are, in a way, folktales about death. Personalized accounts they each reflect back to the reader someone’s unique experience of death and each of those experiences share similar elements. For example, in near death stories each person returns to the living to continue working on this level of existence for the greater good of all. Those who do not return, move through the veils between life and death and experience spiritual opportunities that the living can only dream about.
More Than Meets the Eye offers hope and guidance (including a sample Health Care Directive) for those who are preparing for a transition to the Afterlife, and the caregivers and/or family members who know them. It also provides insights into the life/death cycle that motivates us to take advantage of the opportunities we have to know and experience more than meets the eye. ~Karen Pierce, SF Bay Area