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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
The Silver Thread of Life by Phillip Bruce Chute is a non-fiction collection of '50 Original True Accounts of Divine Interventions and Life-Changing Spiritual Events.' Chute has found in his 40 years as a tax preparer that his clients have a tendency to share their life experiences with him, some of which are truly extraordinary. The stories contained in this book are of those of the truly extraordinary, where individuals have courageously shed light on metaphysical, religious happenings in their lives, their dreams, and even in death. These range from the ethereal comfort of a young boy clinging to life, who finally lets go with a smile at the prospect of seeing his younger sister in Meeting a Sister in Heaven, to a US military paratrooper tasked with jumping from airplanes with plutonium warheads strapped to his legs in missions with only a 50/50 survival rate, and who miraculously survived in Suicide Bomber.
I've always been drawn to accounts of people who have experienced what others could not possibly fathom, which is why I picked up The Silver Thread of Life by Phillip Bruce Chute. The titular story in chapter nine was among the standouts to me, a nurse who had previously died on an operating table was able to see a silver thread leave the bodies of other patients as they passed themselves and disappear into the ceiling. As lovely as this is, there is also a terrifying, darker side to death for many and the second standout for me is the exact opposite of the first. The Demon is the experience of two missionaries blessing a reclusive widow who assails them with all of the hallmarks of an agent of the archfiend. This is a well-written book with a great deal to offer readers who are fascinated by touches of the divine and those who might not be but are looking for non-fiction that goes beyond the standard offerings.