Encounter in Nineveh by Mahmoud Nafousi

Encounter in Nineveh

A Route to Personal Enlightenment
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Five historical figures visit a comatose man and attempt to impart their path to enlightenment in a debut memoir focused on faith.

In 2003, Nafousi flew to Iraq to retrieve his teenage daughter from a suddenly war-torn country. Once there, however, he felt himself drawn to the ruins of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh. Nafousi says that, as he was ruminating over the current state of his country, he had to retreat to a nearby cave after American bombers began to thunder through the hills. Knocked unconscious from the air raid, he awoke to a blinding light, and soon, a group of oddly familiar figures greeted him. Five holograms in the forms of Plato, Abraham, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Adam Smith explained that he had been selected to impart advanced knowledge to humanity due to his family’s ability to “receive Divine messages.” For seven days, Nafousi listened and debated with each hologram, learning how a higher power created the universe, down to the first “seeds” of life. The holograms stressed the importance of widespread open-mindedness working toward a “Just World Order.” A new significance behind photons, the existence of a “Divine Dimension” and a reworking of the Big Bang theory are only a few of the revelations the author says he received. The holograms alluded heavily to being aliens and said that the ultimate goal of God is to spread the seeds of humanity to other planets. The book describes the teachings of these figures in aching detail but, in most cases, with no research cited to back their claims. The writing focuses on the dialogue and rarely adds descriptions to accounts of supposedly fantastical experiences. It also relies heavily on comparing modern technology such as the Internet to evidence for the existence of God’s plan, as in a passage that suggests that “the Soul is the interaction between the atoms making our cells” and the Divine Dimension: “This is just like the combined electronic signals on a 3D TV screen forms the motion pictures.” Those interested in the intersection of science and religion may find this book intriguing but shouldn’t expect studies supporting its claims.

A sprawling treatise on the existence of God backed with high morals but little factual information.



Publisher: Dog Ear Publisher
Program: Kirkus Indie
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