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July 01 , 2008

The Back Stairway to Heaven


To find the Truth, you do not need outside interpreters or validation or religion of any type, neither Old Age nor New Age. You already know the Truth.

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A mystical experience I had 50 years ago at the age of 13 prompted me to explore spirituality. I wondered whether any established religion held the truth of the matter; whether there was a “God,” and what form that “God” might take, if any; and similar questions. I set out on a search for rational answers, not the faith-based imperatives of religion nor woo-woo New Age fuzziness.

The Back Stairway to Heaven is partly an autobiographical account of that search and partly an exploration of the various ideas regarding spirituality that any person who is on the same search will encounter (e.g., reincarnation).

This book will be useful to the many people who have the same questions, and it gives them a means for finding their own spiritual truths. My premise is that a person does not need a guru or a priest or a religion to find spiritual truth. It is within oneself. I support this contention in the book.

The Back Stairway to Heaven brings humor, wit and insight to one man's reflective and insightful spiritual memoir and exploration. His story is moving, touching and human: a tale of coming out of a fundamentalist world and discovering spirituality through a “back door.” Read it, ponder his very real and important insights: You won't be sorry. —Robert K.C. Forman, author of Enlightenment Ain't What It's Cracked Up to Be and Grassroots Spirituality

I agree with absolutely everything. Indeed I am amazed how similar our world-views are. I also love the very apposite jokes within the narrative. The reincarnation chapter is a great read. —Anthony Peake, author of Is There Life after Death?

The Back Stairway to Heaven offers reminiscences with an honesty and straightforwardness cultivated through decades of study and reflection. His observations about the events of his life, his motivations, thoughts, and reactions are informed by and assessed against the philosophers, scholars, wisdom traditions, and spiritual guides that have, constructively or otherwise, shaped his journey. The Back Stairway to Heaven offers the reader engaging, intelligent introspection with humor but without the cliché revelations that are the standard for this genre. —Roland Daum,

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