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May 25, 2021 | ISBN 9780593413487 | 703 Minutes

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Praise for Beyond by Catherine Wolff:
“[F]ull of absorbing detail…Ms. Wolff writes with clarity and style, and she attempts to understand each conception of heaven, however distant from her own Roman Catholic belief, on its own terms.” —Wall Street Journal

“Beautifully curated…a reassuring guide for the spiritually curious.”America Magazine
“Beautifully written, expertly researched and masterfully presented, this tour of how heaven has been understood throughout history is absolutely fascinating.” —James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

“With exquisite care, Catherine Wolff plumbs the human longing for a transcendent world, the perennial ground of incredible imaginings. This fine book – crossing boundaries of history and culture, time and belief – puts the question with power: Is the longing for some ‘beyond’ a mere projection, or is it an inbuilt promise? Whatever else readers make of Catherine Wolff’s exhaustive survey of other worlds, they will come away from this celebration of an unflagging human hope more firmly rooted in the world we have, this heaven on earth.” —James Carroll, author of The Truth at the Heart of the Lie and An American Requiem

“I’m very, very impressed by Beyond—so beautifully researched, comprehensive, learned, and friendly in its presentation. It’s the finest overall book on the afterlife that I have ever read.” —Ron Hansen, author of Hotly in Pursuit of the Real and Mariette in Ecstasy

“This spirited inquiry into the intriguing enigma of life after life is a revelation, moving deftly from ancient religious systems into modern secular attempts to pierce the mystery of what comes after.  This seemingly otherworldly business proves to be our most enduring earthly preoccupation, binding us together across ages and cultures.  The study of heaven, Catherine Wolff proves in her clear-eyed, grounded prose, is the most human thing about us.” —Patricia Hamp, author of The Art of the Wasted Day
“Within this slim book, there is a capaciousness of soul.  You don’t have to be a believer (which I decidedly am not) to admire the erudition and fine feeling Catherine Wolff brings to human musings and longings regarding the great beyond.” —Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex
“Wolff’s sprawling book could almost function as a world religions text . . . [A]n enlightening read for those curious about what may happen after we die, whether they’re people of faith or not.” —Booklist

“With eloquent reporting on various cultures and faiths, the author presents her work as ‘a history of hope’… A soulful, far-reaching primer on what lies beyond.” —Kirkus

“Elegant…wide-ranging…spiritualists of any stripe will find much to ponder.” —Publisher’s Weekly

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