New Book: ‘The Angel Effect’
New Book: ‘The Angel Effect’Jan 08
In his previous bestseller, The Third Man Factor, John Geiger examined stories of explorers who found themselves at the edge of death and experienced a benevolent presence that led them out of the impossible. After that book’s publication, Geiger was inundated with firsthand accounts from people who’d had the same experience — a visitation that aided them as they faced crises ranging from physical and sexual assaults to automobile accidents, airplane crashes, critical illness, childbirth, and devastating depression.
In The Angel Effect, Geiger brings together a breathtaking collection of personal stories about people who experienced what he now calls the Angel Effect: a Tucson woman involved in a serious car accident feels the reassuring presence of a mysterious nun; a Christian missionary during the 1994 Rwandan genocide senses the ethereal protection of angels; a young couple on a treacherous midnight drive through a snowy pass are guided by a middle-aged cleaning lady. In every case — including Geiger’s own experience in 2008 — the survivors are left to wonder if their benefactor was a physical reality, a trick of the mind, or an otherworldly visitation.
In this emotionally gripping narrative, Geiger argues that the Angel Effect has the potential to aid us, even to save us, and questions whether or not calling on a benevolent presence is a trainable skill that can be applied in moments of great need. Having investigated numerous historical accounts of these “sensed presence” experiences and compiled exhaustive scientific research into possible psychological and neurological causes for the phenomenon, Geiger reveals compelling discoveries about the human brain, the spiritual world around us, and our innate capacity to hope.