From the very dawn of time when humanity started to explore our blue planet there has also always been a compulsion to find our true origins – body, soul and spirit. In this modern age we accept that those origins came from a sun-drenched primordial pool full of organic sea sludge. If you travelled back in time 90,000 years and spoke to cave people from Africa to Australia drawing on their walls and showed them the sea sludge we had once come from, they would hardly be able to stop laughing before they clubbed some sense into you. Because they know; they feel; they sense not affiliation with sea sludge but with a powerful force, that we are not alone. That search to find them… who watch you from unseen dimensions is just as powerful today as it was in people thousands of years ago. Many people make contact with them… in pre-birth experiences as do in post-death experiences. Real demons that travel from the underworld of Hades to visit you and real angels who travel from the Kingdom of Heaven to protect you; but why? What do you have that they want? Hidden deep in ancient biblical scrolls are the coded instructions on how to actually visit these other dimensional worlds. Your body is the container that takes your consciousness physically anywhere you choose to go on earth. Your soul is the lost container that can take your consciousness spiritually anywhere in infinity and beyond. Travel with me to a place outside your physical self on the greatest adventure you will ever experience. This book is about you; the person you are now with, the life you have today. This book uses your very own name as you read its pages, you are the main character. It also enables you to leave the life you have now and travel deep into other dimensional worlds, where survival is not about weapons but about knowledge of who you really are and where you really came from.
Neil Fulcher in Phenomenon took readers on a spiritual adventure to discover the origin of life and its ultimate destination. He narrated his own experience with the 'Trinitarians' and hoped that readers would undertake an adventure to understand the power and accessibility of the spiritual plain.
The book was presented in clean, well-edited writing (at least for a book of over 400 pages). The author's language drifted from philosophical at the beginning to emotional towards the end. Initially, the author presented his ideas in a rather complex way. It would not be an easy task for some readers to grasp the crux of the author's narration. I would admit that I was not freed from this initial struggle. Thankfully, it did get more straightforward towards the end. However, this might not serve the book well because non-resilient readers might dismiss it as too theological before getting the hang of it.
The book also brought to the fore the ancient battle for the human soul alongside the battle between good and evil. With his descriptive narration, clear images of this struggle were created. His references to 'samurai warriors,' allowed us to have a picturesque idea of what he described.
Neil brought the readers in tightly into the narration. The reader, tagged as '8,' was a character in this book. The ripple effect was that the reader became unequivocally part of the adventure as though it was their own experience.
I'm reluctant to consider what it must have cost the author to have presented such complex ideas of divinity. The 'Trinitarian' nature of God had been the subject of many conflicting philosophies, but the author's take on it was as unique as it was commendable. His dissection and logical analysis were effortless, though not surprising, as he wrote from experience. No matter a reader's opinion about the author's 'boldness' to discuss such a mysterious subject, they would be persuaded to think and examine the author's story closely. They would start to introspect on the reality of eternal life and death in the manner that Neil had presented.
The spiritual adventure captured in this book hinted at some resonating issues. The first of which was the problem of denomination and theology. These two factors have caused division within the church. Through this book's narration, it came out clearly that God was a God of all, irrespective of culture, color, gender, nation, or denomination. The second issue was the ever prominent role of social media in our lives. The author called it 'social manipulation' as he pointed out the controlling power that the media and our addiction to mobile phones had exacted over our existence.
The book was intrinsically about the undiluted power of God that transcends our existence. Neil brought to life the verse of the Bible that says, "before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee." He firmly asserted that there was existence before conception — a ludicrous yet intriguing possibility. I believe that this book gave a lot of takeaway options for readers, one of which was this: 'God is light, and no darkness can put it out.'
The spiritual journey presented in Phenomenon was one that curious readers would enjoy, and I'd recommend it to seekers of spiritual truth and understanding. I only had a few concerns about the early parts of the book. However, it would be no reason to fault this book. Therefore, I'd rate it four out of four stars.
I feel that religion should be examined from more than just one religious perspective if one wishes to discover any real truth.
I find the idea of the reader becoming part of the story other than simply a spectator to be intriguing. I’d be interested to explore that further.
Social media has been one of the most difficult things to walk away from. I would really love to look into the points the author puts across.
What an intriguing book never read anything like this before. It's a mammoth read and will keep you going for a month. The plot will keep you guessing even longer, it seems to never end but when it does BANG what a finish. The biggest plus for me is the reader drives the story as the book uses my own name as I read it, genius that tough. Biggest downside loads of ancient Bible codes. My advice read the book don't stop reading to look up the codes it's not necessary as they are only confirming the factual side of what the author is proving. One of best philosophical novels I've ever read.
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