By Rev Ron Ramsay
Reading Ron’s book, I had to keep reminding myself that this was a serious writer telling of his journey through a world of psychic experiences. Time and again I thought I was reading a mystery novel. His writing style is loaded with building anticipation and new turns and twists in a dramatic and fascinating set of experiences.
As a somewhat critical skeptic, I was often tempted to pass judgment against this retired Uniting Church minister. But as I persevered, it became harder to easily dismiss the many episodes of ‘life after death’ that he reported. But the eternal life he gives evidence for is not physical and in many ways not greatly dissimilar from that of the orthodox or traditional view taught in many churches.
However, the range of existing spiritual perspectives I have come across is huge and this is just becoming obvious to researchers. The complex nature of these perspectives makes it unproductive to categorize thinking Christians.
So my motivation is to encourage inclusive discourse and to give voice where so often there is derision, and therefore I can recommend coming to this text with an open mind. Readers may not agree with all the arguments, but they are likely to enjoy the way they are told and to be fascinated by Ron’s personal challenges and decisions.
This is a real life story full of personal experiences ranging through dialogue with the dead to coming to grips with reincarnation. Ron’s world view has taken a long time to evolve and to be come coherent to himself, but his writing is clear and precise. He now challenges both orthodox Christian teachings as well as liberal perspectives. For Ron, these experiences have answered two vital questions – ‘Who am I? ‘ ‘Why am I here?’.
I am always looking for the Jesus factor in conversations about spirituality and in this two elements are important to me – ‘joy in life’ and ‘sharing with justice’. The Jesus ethic calls for living life in abundance without the threat of fears and doubts. It also calls for living a life of sharing in justice and compassion. These elements did not jump out at me in Ron’s book, but they were there in the way he sought to ease the mental torments of others and his search for a truth that brings peace of mind.
I found a different kind of good news – being able to stay in touch with deceased family and friends! That produced enormous satisfaction for many of Ron’s acquaintances. This seemed like a very risky enterprise to me. It could also have fed old conflicts.
For people like Ron Ramsay and many he has met in his life journey there is an element of ‘ joy in life’ coming from discourse with the spirit world – the assurances, warnings and support they receive from all of this. But as someone who has never had such experiences and been tutored to think suspiciously about them, I cannot see how it would benefit the world to be able to do so. That didn’t stop me enjoying the book as it filled a giant gap in my understandings.
This is a book that will challenge because it is piled high with ‘evidence’ that cannot easily be dismissed. Every reader will have their own response based on their own view of reality and life experiences. I enjoyed the book but was not significantly changed by it. It would be good to have other reasonable viewpoints on this book.
Paul Inglis 13th May 2018
Can be purchased as an e Book through Amazon Australia for around $11.99…you can read the first 2 chapters before buying.
Before buying the book, consider reading Ron’s short essay first at no cost: ‘Valid evidence for a spiritual world view.’ Just send him an email request to: