Sunday, January 13, 2013

Review: Life in the Universe by Marshall Vian Summers

For thousands of years, humanity has looked into the night sky and wondered: who is out there? Now you have a chance to travel into that night sky, to go beyond wondering and experience for yourself the reality and spirituality of life beyond our world.

This book is a window into the living story of our universe: the realities of trade, travel and conflict in space; the birth and death of civilizations across the stars and the greater plan and purpose of a Creator who oversees the spiritual progress of life in all galaxies.

Enter a universe that is alive with danger, mystery, relationship and purpose.

Explore the unfolding narrative of life in our own region of space and learn about the struggle for freedom now occurring beyond the borders of our solar system.

Marshall Vian Summers has been engaged in a process of Revelation for over 30 years. The outcome of that revelation, this book reveals what life is really like in the universe, something human science and speculation may never fully uncover.

Much more than a book, Life in the Universe is an open doorway to a greater human experience. Unfolding before you page-by-page, is a story and a vision of the living cosmos, the complexity of interactions between worlds and the future that awaits us as we enter this larger arena of life.
Go beyond the limits of a purely human vantage point and immerse yourself in this "Greater Community," a vast universe of intelligent life that has always called to you.

Received for review.

This was my first experience with the author's work so I wasn't sure what to expect.  The author was extremely heavy on the religious aspect of his views - "God" was mentioned in nearly every paragraph.  This, obviously, severely detracted from the material.  However, once the overwhelming religious message was skimmed past (clearly not what the author intended) the remainder of material was surprisingly intriguing.  The author discussed such topics as genetic manipulation and interspecies disease control, which actually would be genuine issues impacting the human population should we encounter an alien race.

Despite the clearly well thought out implications of alien contact the book's overt religious message and continual use of "God", "Knowledge", and "Greater Community" (the capitalization is the author's) was just too much for me.  So, why, you ask, did I rate this as Liked It rather than Just Okay?  Well, the author genuinely believes in his views yet he is ready and willing to admit other perspectives.  This open minded behavior along with his well thought out discussions of the possible implications of alien contact swayed me to the higher rating.

If you are interested in the possible consequences of alien contact with Earth and you have strong religious beliefs, or if you can put aside your religious skepticism, this is the book for you and I certainly recommend it.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


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