ETERNAL BONDS OF LOVE by Ricardo K. Petrillo


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Inspirational afterlife memoir studded with messages for the living from a young man who has passed, as divined through his father.

Humans have long been fascinated by the possibility of communicating with spirits who have passed from the earthly realm. In Eternal Bonds, readers meet Ricardo Petrillo, a 20-year-old college student who fell to his death in 2005. Through two years of sporadic communication with his father, the co-author Claudio, the book details Ricardo’s experiences in the beyond. A year and a half after his death, Ricardo alerts Claudio and co-author Knoploch, his mother, that together they’ll be transforming all the communications into this book. Upon dying, Ricardo finds himself in a Plato-like land of forms, first in hospital surroundings and then soon undertaking training to comprehend his spiritual evolution. He also learns how to transmit what he’s learning to the living. Through written messages via Claudio–who would begin scribbling words both stream-of-consciously and unconsciously–and through direct verbal transmissions, Ricardo conveys his own spiritual growth and self-discovery, culling wisdom from all the great religions, but primarily the teachings of Christ. The book explains that spiritual energy is measured in levels of "vibration," with higher levels being more advanced–the purpose of the journey is awareness, which can be attained only through a process of "ego-reduction." Throughout the book, many words are sandwiched in quotations, alerting the reader to the duality of perceptions, both "living" and "dead." In his new post-life setting, being unattached and nonmaterialistic, Ricardo is free of life’s trappings. His messages, in both prose and verse, are geared toward helping the living understand their own spiritual multiplicity, with love as the ultimate answer to life’s trials.

A touching exploration of life’s possibilities which illustrates that death is not an end, but a part of the life cycle.

Pub Date: May 9th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4196-9305-2
Program: Kirkus Indie
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