Guest Speaker: Paul Perry
January 14, 2012
NDEr, noted author, filmmaker...
Paul Perry is the co-author of four New York Times bestsellers,
including Dannion Brinkley's Saved by the Light (which was made into a popular movie), Melvin Morse's Closer to the Light, and
Raymond Moody's Evidence of the Afterlife. He has co-authored five books with Dr.
Raymond Moody, including a memoir Paranormal, due to be published in
2012. His books have been published in more than 30 languages around the
Paul is also a documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on
worldwide television. His best known film, Jesus, the Lost Years was
first the subject of a book he wrote for Random House, which follows the
trail believed to be used by the Holy Family as they fled into Egypt to
escape the murderous soldiers of King Herod. He has produced and
directed several other films, including one on 18th Century piracy in
Madagascar that aired on History Channel in 2011.
His most recent work,<i> Afterlife,</i> explores mankind’s most nagging
question, What happens when we die? This and other questions about the
Afterlife are scientifically explored through modern research into
near-death experiences. Through interviews with noted researchers
Raymond Moody, MD, PhD, and Jeffrey Long, MD, this documentary explores
the evidence of the afterlife using insightful interviews with
researchers, emotional case studies, and crisply done re-creations.
“NDEs are spiritual events of staggering magnitude and complexity that
have the power to change our attitudes toward death and life” says
director Paul Perry. “There are reasons people are transformed when they
return from a brush with death, one of which is the confidence they gain
in knowing that a fresh new world awaits our last heartbeat. Another,
especially for the physically ill, is the discovery that we leave our
body behind and continue on as spirits free of earthy pain.”
In 1988 he received a fellowship from the prestigious Freedom Forum Foundation at Columbia University. Perry was also the executive editor of American Health Magazine, and his writing has appeared in a number of publications, including Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, and Reader’s Digest. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Paul is a graduate of Arizona State University, Antioch University in
Los Angeles, and a former fellow at the prestigious Gannett Center for
Media Studies at Columbia University in New York City. He taught
magazine writing at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, and was
Executive Editor at American Health magazine, a winner of the National
Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Since becoming a full-time
writer, Paul has written or co-written more than 20 books on a variety
of topics, including biography, health, medical science, and history.