Hannibal Free Public Library
Fingerprints of God
February 18, 2010
Fingerprints of God,
award-winning journalist Barbara Bradley
Hagerty delves into the discoveries science
is making about how faith and spirituality
affect us physically and emotionally as it
attempts to understand whether the ineffable
place beyond this world can be rationally
Hagerty interviews some of the world's top scientists to describe what their groundbreaking research reveals about our human spiritual experience. From analyses of the brain functions of Buddhist monks and Carmelite nuns, to the possibilities of healing the sick through directed prayer, to what near-death experiences illuminate about the afterlife, Hagerty reaches beyond what we think we know to understand what happens to us when we believe in a higher power.
Paralleling the discoveries of science is Hagerty's own account of her spiritual evolution. Raised a Christian Scientist, she was a scrupulous adherent until a small moment as an adult triggered a re-evaluation of her beliefs, which in turn led her to a new way of thinking about God and faith.
An insightful examination of what science is learning about how and why we believe, Fingerprints of God is also a moving story of one person's search for a communion with a higher power and what she discovered on that journey.
Questions adapted from barbarabradleyhagerty.com, penguin.com, http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2009/0519/fingerprints-of-god