People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It

by Gary Leon Hill | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 1578632978 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Rivercassini of London, Greater London United Kingdom on 3/7/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Rivercassini from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Being dead is so much like being alive that many people die without realizing their condition. Gary Leon Hill tells the story of how his Uncle Wally and Aunt Ruth, Wally's sister, came to counsel dead spirits who had taken up residence in bodies that didn't belong to them. Hill has a captivating narrative voice which carries the reader over what, in other hands, could have been some dense terrain. It's a deeply personal tale which cracks open some of the big questions of life with a warm heart, open min and magnetic charm. Once you've started reading this, you will not be able to put it down until you have finished. And when you have finished, this book will stay will you for many moons.


From the back of the book:
"People Who Don't Know They're Dead" is an absorbing and lucid odyssey and personal search into the mysteries and taboos surrounding life after death. With the skill of a born itoryteller, Gary Leon Hill encourages us to realize that only by accepting death as part of life, and life as part of death, will we ever have a chance to be truly set free." —Rudolph Wurlitzer, author of Hard Travel to Sacred Places and the screenplay for Little Buddha

'This book is a valuable token to Paradise because of the spiritual insights it contains. The compelling firsthand accounts of confused 'hitchhikers' give us the resources not only to avoid a similar fate after we die, but also to avoid their troubling influences while we're still alive on Earth. Read boldly, count your blessings, and don't worry—be happy! Paradise is right around the corner." - Author of Miracles in the Storm venations Beyond the Light.


Read an interview with the author here.


Read a full review here

People Who Don't Know They're Dead wins the Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title of the Year,
2006



Journal Entry 2 by Rivercassini from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 07, 2006
I'm opening this book up as a book ring (ie I want it back at the end of its travels. If you would like to join, please send me a PM with your name and country of where you live (I'll try to order the list so that postage costs are kept to a minimum).

This is a fairly light book. Even with adequate packaging, it should cost about £1.00 to send domestically in the UK and about £1.60 to send economy mail overseas.

Some brief "rules"
* Journal the book when you receive it.
* PM the next person on the list for their address when you receive it so as to try to avoid hold-ups later on.
* If you don't hear from the next participant within a few days, PM them again. If after a few more days you still haven't heard from them, PM me to let me know, and move on to the next person on the list.
* Read (and hopefully enjoy!) Don't feel pressurised to read it in a rush (and remember that life gets in the way sometimes for all of us!) but if you need to keep hold of the book for longer than say six weeks or a couple of months, please journal to let us know.
* Journal again when you've read it to let us know what you think of it!
* Surface/economy mail is fine, but please make a note in a journal entry so the person you're sending to has a rough idea of when to expect it.

Participants (in order)
UK LEG
Rivercassini
aveburysurfer
scotsbookie
pennywhistler
sunflowergirl
Heathwitch
flanners
safrolistics
WelshHelen
PatchworkPerson
catrionamoore
chelseagirl
pumpkin-head
biskuit --- currently here
Rillaith
meddyg
tehuti
Tazzell
Xanthe-pup
YowlYY
Sterile
Smallbluepebble
coolboxuk
Angellica
CONTINENTIAL EUROPE LEG
kitty-meow
rumble-bee
kihli
ASIA LEG
mairbu
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND LEG
cat207
c-a-m
froggirlwendy
charliewendy
CANADA LEG
lauraloo29
AtwoJay
USA LEG
Karenlea
bksfamly
caligula03
Lpree

And then back to me in the UK

Journal Entry 3 by Rivercassini at Royal Mail in By Post, a postal release -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, March 09, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (3/9/2006 UTC) at Royal Mail in By Post, a postal release -- Controlled Releases

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This book is now starting on its travels. It's destined to go all over the UK, through Switzerland and Germany, then on to Japan, then to Australia, before winding it's way through Canada and the USA. It will be fun to watch it's progress - if the ring doesn't stall, this book with be much better travelled than I am by the time it comes back to me.

Journal Entry 4 by RubyBlueLady from Avebury, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 14, 2006
I received the book today (14/3/06) thank you x

Journal Entry 5 by RubyBlueLady from Avebury, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 19, 2006
OOPS - sorry in the delay in journalling - my hubby unpacked this book and put it on a bookshelf so it was 'out of sight out of mind'.

I've actually read more than half of this book in a few hours so I expect I'll finish it and post it on early next week. I'm loving it, I've read Elizabeth Kubler Ross's book about death and numerous books on 'Life After Death' and OBE (Out of Body Experiences) so this really is 'right up my ally' this book. I might have to buy a copy myself and I'm going to copy the Bibliography at the end of the book and read everything on it.

This is a thin paperback book.

Journal Entry 6 by RubyBlueLady from Avebury, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 21, 2006
This book was thoroughly enjoyable and it's got me started on a journey of reading 'life after death' books - I copied all the books from the bibliography at the back of the book.

I'm so pleased I joined in the Bookring for this book - it's off to scotsbookie next.

Journal Entry 7 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, March 23, 2006
Arrived safely today. Thank you aveburysurfer & Rivercassini. #2 on Mount Toobie.

Journal Entry 8 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, March 31, 2006
I found this a fascinating book, I had heard of OBE before but most of the rest of the things discussed in the book were new to me ideas & very thought provoking too. I'm a nurse working with the elderly so deal with death & the dying on a regular basis. Makes me wonder if I have any hitchhikers!

Thank you Rivercassini for giving me the chance to read this & the chance to have my mind opened to new & interesting ideas.

I have Pennywhistlers details so will send on to her asap.

Journal Entry 9 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, April 02, 2006
Posted to pennywhistler yesterday 01 Apr 2006.

Journal Entry 10 by STP-921375 on Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Thanks for the book. I am looking forward to reading this as I voted for it in the Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title of the Year!

Journal Entry 11 by STP-921375 on Friday, April 21, 2006
This is a very readable book and I found it interesting, but I wasn't convinced by any of it. I shall send this on to sunflowergirl as soon as I get an address.

Journal Entry 12 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Thursday, April 27, 2006
This book has just arrived here, thank you.

I've been really good in recent months and only signed up to books that were on my wishlist. So how come 7 books have arrived through my letter box in the last three days?! I'm now drowning in rings and rays! I promise I'll get to this book as soon as I can and I'll journal it again once I've read it.

Journal Entry 13 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Friday, May 05, 2006
I finished this book yesterday after reading it in one sitting. I found it very interesting but I wasn't convinced by everything that was said. I've read a lot of books about life after death and it is a subject that interests me. I've experienced things in my life after loved ones have passed that seem to have no explanation, and this has set me off on a bit of a mission to learn more about life after death and ghosts. Some of the things in this book were fascinating and I would like to learn more about them but other things I found not very believable at all.

I am glad I had the chance to read this book though, it's opened my eyes a little bit more. Thanks rivercassini for giving me the chance to read it.

*** I've already PM'd heathwitch and received her address back so I'll get the book in the post as soon as I can. ***

Journal Entry 14 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 09, 2006
I'll be posting this book on to the next reader tomorrow afternoon.

Journal Entry 15 by heathwitch from Glossop, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Saturday, May 13, 2006
Received today. S'next up after my current read!

Journal Entry 16 by heathwitch from Glossop, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Friday, May 19, 2006
An intriguing read, some of which I had to take with a piece of salt. Still, interesting for some of the theories and anecdotes. Mailing onto flanners today.

Journal Entry 17 by flanners from Havant, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, May 22, 2006
Received today, thanks - looks good!

Journal Entry 18 by flanners from Havant, Hampshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Well, what an interesting book! I am often tired, lack energy and put off disagreeable chores in favour of reading a bit more - do you think I could be possessed by the discarnate spirit of a Book Addict?

Seriously, I did enjoy reading this; I found the structure slightly chaotic, although it was obviously intended to be. But I liked a lot of what he said about energy, as it resonates with my own personal philosophy.

Off to Safrolistics now, along with a load of books for her OBCZ, as soon as I can get to the PO . . .

Journal Entry 19 by Safrolistics from Newbiggin-By-The-Sea, Northumberland United Kingdom on Monday, September 04, 2006
This appears to have been sitting in my house for ages!
So sorry to have held up the ring!! I'll read and pass it on as soon as poss...

Journal Entry 20 by Safrolistics from Newbiggin-By-The-Sea, Northumberland United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sorry, but just couldn't get on with this book, couldn't even finish it.....

Just waiting for WelshHelen's addy and I'll pass it on.

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Journal Entry 22 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, November 10, 2006
Arrived safely today. I have a few ring books to read ahead of it but should get to it soon.

Journal Entry 23 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, December 03, 2006
What an interesting book! I particularly liked reading the case studies and "interviews" with the hitchhikers. I was especially interested in reading of Ruth and the pendulum and how she'd make pretty important decisions based on it! Like others, I'm not wholly convinced, though I do certainly believe in heaven (I believe in hell, too!)

I have PatchworkPerson's address and will post to her tomorrow. Tahnks for shring, Rivercassini.

Journal Entry 24 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, December 04, 2006
Posted to PatchworkPerson today.

Journal Entry 25 by PatchworkPerson from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Arrived safely. Thank you.

Journal Entry 26 by PatchworkPerson from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 04, 2007
As others have said, a very interesting read. I'm not sure how much of it I believe though. Maybe I need to experience it to believe it & if that happened I would probably be scared silly. The thought of Lord Michael and his band of Rescue Angels made me giggle. I did enjoy reading this book & thank you for sharing it Rivercassini.

Journal Entry 27 by PatchworkPerson from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 06, 2007
On it's way to catrionamoore.

Journal Entry 28 by appletreen from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, January 08, 2007
Arrived safely today. I am about half way though a rather large book and will get to this once I have finished the other book.

Journal Entry 29 by appletreen from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, January 21, 2007
I can't say this book told me the "What to do about it" I think the title there is a little too dogmatic. However the book does journal what the group themselves did with these hitchhikers. Having always been a believer it came as a shock to me to have a spiritual awakening at 18. This doesn't of course mean that I accept everything that I see, hear or read as the truth and some of this book stretched my boundaries of credibility somewhat. An interesting read nonetheless that I got a few odd looks for reading.

Off to chelseagirl.

Journal Entry 30 by chelseagirl from Faringdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Arrived safely, many thanks. Looking forward to reading this!

Journal Entry 31 by chelseagirl from Faringdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, February 02, 2007
I'm really sorry but I've had to give up on this - and I'm not even sure why! Despite the odd ideas involved it's really easy to read and I found myself racing through it one Sunday morning, but the style is so chaotic and the tone so condescending that I got halfway through and thought, "Why am I wasting my life reading this tosh?"

Like I said, I'm sorry ..... I do believe that when we go wherever we go we can leave our soul behind by accident and a lot of the stuff here made sense but I also found myself shaking my head far too often. I like books that have a healthy dose of scepticism in amongst the new age ideology and this was just far too accepting of everything. My feelings for this all made sense when the author recommends a book called "Nothing in this book is true, but it's exactly how things are" - because I own that book and feel exactly the same way about it - it just makes me want to hurl it across the room!!! (BTW, if anyone wants to read it let me know, it's looking for a more appreciative home!!)

So thanks for sharing and I'm glad so many people have found this interesting but it just wasn't for me.

I'll post this on to pumpkin-head when I have an address.

Journal Entry 32 by pumpkin-head from Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, February 16, 2007
Arrived safe today, I'm glad to hear it's a fairly easy read as I'm a bit brain-dead at the moment.

Journal Entry 33 by pumpkin-head from Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Kinda interesting, kinda odd. There was a lot in it that made sense to me but I thought it was written in a wandering kind of way, not really following through on any of the ideas and leaping from subject to subject.

Still, it provided some more elements to add to my random thoughts and beliefs on the subject of life and death. I even found myself wondering at one point if I was dead...

Posting to biskuit today.

Journal Entry 34 by biskuit from Wimbledon, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, March 08, 2007
receivced in the mail from pumpkin-head today. I'm very intrigued by the title, and will try to read it as soon as possible.

Sorry, the book ended up a bit too deep in my TBR pile, and when I rediscovered it I was fighting work deadlines...but now it is soon to move on

Journal Entry 35 by biskuit from Wimbledon, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, January 10, 2008
I really enjoyed reading this book. Some of the contents were within my range of beliefs without any question, but others I found more difficult to accept. But where to draw the line?

Journal Entry 36 by biskuit from Wimbledon, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, January 10, 2008
sent to meddyg today

Journal Entry 37 by meddyg on Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Will pass onto tehuti when read.

Journal Entry 38 by tehuti at Treorci, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, June 24, 2010
Meddyg did not finish reading this before he died. It was a bittersweet experience for me to read it in the two weeks after his death. Meddyg was involved with working with the dead, not just in his professional life, but also in his spiritual life, where he felt a call to help recently dead people move on to where they should be. Nothing as dramatic as the hitchhikers described here though.

I found the book fascinating. Will move it on as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 39 by Tazzell at Laurencekirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, July 10, 2010
I'm so sorry I thought I'd marked this as received but it is only now coming to record my journal that I realise I didn't My apologies.

This was an interesting book and not what I was expecting. The information about our energies was something I found fascinating and that many 'illnesses' could be accounted for my energies that have refuses to move on.

I will now forward the book to it's next reader as soon as I have their address. Thank you for sharing it with me.

Journal Entry 40 by Tazzell at Laurencekirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, July 12, 2010
Posted to YowllYY today. :)

Journal Entry 41 by YowlYY at on Thursday, July 15, 2010
Just arrived here, thanks for mailing it :) I shall start reading in the next two weeks or so, as soon as the visitors have gone ;-)

Feb 2011: I am ashamed because I put away this book with the intention to read it in the holidays, and then forgot all about it! During the pre-Christmas cleaning jobs I then found it again, and started reading it, but there is something about the language and the approach to it that I disliked, so... it will be sent to the next reader in the chain as soon as possible.
Sorry for the delay!

Journal Entry 42 by Sterile at Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Thanks for the book which arrived safe and well this morning. Get to it soonest and pass it on to the next. Cheers YowlYY!!

Journal Entry 43 by Sterile at Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Monday, February 21, 2011
I decided that I wasn't really that interested in this book and it's been sat here waiting for me to get my act together and send it to the next in line - well, It's going in the morning to Smallbluepebble.

Journal Entry 44 by Sterile at Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Monday, February 21, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (2/22/2011 UTC) at Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom

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releasing via royal mail to Smallbluepebble. 2nd Class 22 February 2011

Journal Entry 45 by smallbluepebble at Ilford, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, February 27, 2011
Many thanks for this strangely-titled book. I'm sure it'll brighten up my daily commute into London.

Journal Entry 46 by smallbluepebble at Ilford, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, March 13, 2011
I stuck with this book despite the frequent feeling that I should give up and send it on its way. I found the whole thing completely nonsensical and definitely won't be reading anything in a similar vein.
Bookcrossing has been great at introducing me to new authors and ideas. It's a good opportunity to see things I wouldn't normally choose (but not such a positive experience, this time around.)
Maybe the next reader will be a more appreciative audience...

Journal Entry 47 by smallbluepebble at Ilford, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 06, 2011
This book is starting to haunt me...
Coolboxuk no longer wants to read it
Angellica did not reply to two messages
kitty-meow has not replied either.
Is something up with my IMs, or should I just keep working my way down the list?

Journal Entry 48 by smallbluepebble at Ilford, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, April 30, 2011

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This strange book is now on its way to Germany...

Journal Entry 49 by rumble-bee at Velbert, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Thanks a lot to smallbluepebble! I have been waiting for this book for a long time. I am quite curious. I have read a number of similar books, i.e. by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. I'm wondering whether this is as good.

Journal Entry 50 by rumble-bee at Velbert, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, March 12, 2012
Well, what shall I say...
it was so very different from what I've been expecting! But it was not bad.
Concerning its contents, I did not learn many new things. I heard about such phenomena before, and other writers have described them in more detail.
I thought that the writing style was quite strange! It was not a "case book" at all! The writer jumped from actual cases, to his uncle Wally and the books he'd read, to his aunt Ruth, her illnesses and her esoteric cures, back to the actual case at hand. You had to concentrate really hard to remain focused.
On the whole, I think this book shows perfectly the typical American tendency to amalgamate tons of new impulses into their current belief system.
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I have sent the book on to kihli in Greece. Greetings to you, kihli, and have fun!!
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Oh, by the way: I have put a new clear cover around the book, since it was becoming rather battered. I hope rivercassini doesn't mind!

Journal Entry 51 by kihli at Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Greece on Thursday, March 29, 2012
just arrived and I'm so anxious to read it,thank you so much rumble-bee

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