Sunday, January 23, 2011

Near-Death Experiences Show Importance of Faith and Relationships

My husband and I have become addicted to a show about near-death experiences: I Survived – Beyond and Back on the Biography channel.

The shows interests us because people who have near-death experiences get a very real look at the afterlife, and a lot of their experiences are relevant to what people believe as Christians. Some of the experiences confirm our beliefs.

For example, a lot of people will say that God is neither masculine nor feminine. Yet, prayers in the Catholic faith say “He” and even Jesus refers to God as “Father.” So far, the people we have heard who met God on the other side describe a male voice – one that resembles thunder. There isn’t ambiguity and the descriptions strike me as profoundly Scriptural, traditional, and well…masculine.

We have heard three stories of people being sent to Hell. I was raised in the “New Age” tradition where I wasn’t sure if there was a Hell. One of the reasons I became Christian is because my life experience confirmed that there was good and evil, and I wanted to learn more about the good. Two descriptions we have heard of Hell so far (one of those descriptions was actually from another show, Celebrity Ghost Stories) are nearly identical. The people who were sent to Hell immediately experienced evil, dark entities clawing at them. They could not break free. One of those people had recently murdered someone.

Another man who went to Hell found himself in a jail cell that featured a dark, fiery pit with screams coming from the distance. He had no clothes. A large hand – God – rescued him, and said “It’s not your time yet” and sent him back to his body in the hospital bed.

What is threshold for being sent to Hell? Well, the guy who ended up in the jail cell wasn’t my idea of a horrible person, but confessed that he was materialistic and wasn’t making the best life choices. Unfortunately, I don’t know what that means. He was a husband and father for many years and didn’t give specifics.

Another man did not go to Hell, but was warned to change his ways. He was reminded of times when he said hurtful things, or withheld kind comments.

But, what is amazing is that the vast majority of the people we have heard from were definitely Heaven-bound. They are frequently greeted by relatives. If they have a choice to stay in Heaven or return to Earth, they normally return for relationships with children or spouses. It convinces me further that helping people get to ‘I do’ is a worthy goal!

The Heaven-bound folks all came off as good people, but not super holy and not always churchgoers. So it leaves me with a lot of questions, and I’ve been analyzing these stories backwards and forwards for answers.

If this subject area interests you, watch the show!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

6 Ways to Connect in the New Year

There are lots of ways to connect with me in the New Year!

- Write: The contact form on my “Connect” page is up and running. Please feel free to drop me a line.

- In-Person: I will be at the National Shrine on January 23 (before the pro-life march) signing books.

- Listen: I’m launching a Valentine’s Day (or “season”) campaign and expect to do 20 radio shows. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@AmyBonaccorso) and/or my Facebook Fan Page if you want notifications.

- Mail: Want your book signed, but don’t live in the DC area? Send me a note on the Connect page. Send me your book, I’ll sign it and mail it back to you.

- Read: In addition to my book, I publish new and fresh thoughts every week. Most recently, I posted on the Catholicmatch.com Blog, Faith, Hope, & Love (How The Holy Spirit Is Working Through My New Book) and became an official Catholicmatch.com blogger.

- Share: I see your tweets about my book and appreciate positive book reviews, especially on Amazon.com. It’s a huge compliment when you share the book with others and I enjoy the new connections it creates!

Blessings!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011- Rebel Against Stupidity

My 2011 New Year’s Resolution is a bit odd: I am rebelling against stupidity. How did this come about? Well, a lot of the times, we turn on the news or learn about some new change, and we sit there wondering, “Why? That’s stupid.”

For example, I learned yesterday that I was somehow automatically signed up for a service I do not need or want. I called weeks ago to confirm that I was doing the correct thing to prevent any unexpected sign ups. You can imagine how annoyed I was when I found out that regardless of my conscientious follow up, some form of stupidity had prevailed, and not in my favor. Of course, that means I have to spend my personal time making phone calls to correct this mess up.

This kind of time wasting, nonsensical stupidity is so pervasive.

I’m not always content with passivity, but there is only so much I can do to change the world around me. I wrote my book and hopefully that is helping people field the stupidity in the Catholic dating world. But, I wondered what I could do in my own life to make things more functional? More rational?

I started in December 2010 with a quick analysis. Finances came first. I paid off all credit cards I had with balances because thankfully, I really don’t need to carry balances. Therefore, carrying a balance for me personally is stupid. The interest rate just increases the amount I originally paid for whatever I charged, which negates the purpose of sale hunting.

I am also looking around my house, trying to find ways of neatening it up, because neat surroundings tend to be more positive. The vibes are just better. Being tidy is not always my first priority, but I think I can do better. There is a certain stupidity factor when your mess gets in the way of relaxation or productivity.

A week or two ago, I was prepping for 2011 and pointed to a jacket on the floor. I looked at my husband. He said, “Oh no, 2010 is ending, the year of the stupid, and that means that jacket has to go.” Yes, it should either go in the closet or in a donation bag, because it does not belong on the floor.

Any “stupid” things you want to change for yourself in 2011?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 - Rebel Against Stupidity

My 2011 New Year’s Resolution is a bit odd: I am rebelling against stupidity. How did this come about? Well, a lot of the times, we turn on the news or learn about some new change, and we sit there wondering, “Why? That’s stupid.”

For example, I learned yesterday that I was somehow automatically signed up for a service I do not need or want. I called weeks ago to confirm that I was doing the correct thing to prevent any unexpected sign ups. You can imagine how annoyed I was when I found out that regardless of my conscientious follow up, some form of stupidity had prevailed, and not in my favor. Of course, that means I have to spend my personal time making phone calls to correct this mess up.

This kind of time wasting, nonsensical stupidity is so pervasive.

I’m not always content with passivity, but there is only so much I can do to change the world around me. I wrote my book and hopefully that is helping people field the stupidity in the Catholic dating world. But, I wondered what I could do in my own life to make things more functional? More rational?

I started in December 2010 with a quick analysis. Finances came first. I paid off all credit cards I had with balances because thankfully, I really don’t need to carry balances. Therefore, carrying a balance for me personally is stupid. The interest rate just increases the amount I originally paid for whatever I charged, which negates the purpose of sale hunting.

I am also looking around my house, trying to find ways of neatening it up, because neat surroundings tend to be more positive. The vibes are just better. Being tidy is not always my first priority, but I think I can do better. There is a certain stupidity factor when your mess gets in the way of relaxation or productivity.

A week or two ago, I was prepping for 2011 and pointed to a jacket on the floor. I looked at my husband. He said, “Oh no, 2010 is ending, the year of the stupid, and that means that jacket has to go.” Yes, it should either go in the closet or in a donation bag, because it does not belong on the floor.

Any “stupid” things you want to change for yourself in 2011?