Jan 14
Guest Speaker: Paul Perry

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 world.

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, Afterlife, 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. Collapse

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.