Humane Religion Magazine
January - February 1998 Issue
by Scott S. Smith
This book was written by a researcher who, during a period of two years, compiled case histories from reports of those who had encountered animals when they were in an enhanced state of consciousness.
Some of these reports came from those who had a near death experience (NDE). Others fall into the category of "ghost stories" and there are also stories of encounters by people who, for no discernible reason, suddenly found themselves in an altered state of consciousness. But no matter the reason for these episodes, the presence of animals played a part in all the experiences reported in the book.
Although the selections are eclectic, they have been carefully chosen: the author is no wide-eyed writer, ready to accept any story that will prove his point. Throughout the book, he demonstrates a perceptive understanding of the position taken by those critics whose acceptance of any experience is limited by their materialistic/mechanistic bias. And in the commentary that accompanies many of the experiences he writes about, Mr. Scott points out the faulty logic of those who try to discredit the report of certain events, because of their bias.
I saw a throne standing in heaven
and the One who was sitting on the throne.. in the center, grouped
around the throne itself were four animals...The first animal was
like a lion, the second like a bull, the third animal had a human
face and the fourth animal was like a flying eagle ...Every time the
animals glorified and honored and gave thanks to the One sitting on
the throne, who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders
prostrated themselves before him to worship the One who lives for
ever and ever .
A minister who reviewed the book—Rev. Dr. Marc A Wessels—found that the hope and comfort it brings was the most outstanding characteristic of Mr. Scott's book. "[This is] the first book to make a thorough survey of the evidence—anecdotal, religious, even scientific—that would support a belief that animals also have an afterlife. More importantly, for those who are currently grieving, Pet Souls is a salve for the wounded spirit.” #
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