While attending catechism class as a child, Curt Melliger was taught that if he obeyed the rules all his life he would be permitted to enter a place called Heaven when he died. The priest and nuns described it as a sacred abode up in the clouds that contained all of the very best things in the universe. There was sunshine and blue sky, pretty flowers and double rainbows, fine foods and delicious drinks, ringing bells and beautiful music, saints and angels and the all-enveloping love of God. The young boy’s mind processed this information and came to the stunning conclusion: “Why, they’re talking about this planet!”
Since that early revelation Curt has been discovering other examples of paradise incarnate wherever he goes. This book is a collection of 43 stories on subjects ranging from water and fire and bolts of lightning to adrenaline rushes, near-death experiences, and the place where goosebumps originate, from skiing and climbing and walking in reverse, to the changing of seasons, the reason for winter and the cause of spring, from the human hand and human soul and human condition, to the dream state, beatific ecstasy, and what awaits us on the other side of the veil that only partially separates this golden realm from the other one.
For the Ultimate is much closer than we have been led to believe. Indeed, it is readily available right here on this planet, this Garden of Eden, this one-of-a-kind oasis in space.
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