2022 Reader's Favorite

Book Award Winner!

September 1st, 2022

Readers' Favorite is proud to announce that "The Atheist and The Afterlife—An Autobiography" by Ray Catania won the Bronze Medal in the Non-Fiction - Spiritual/Supernatural category.

You can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author through their website and social media.

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OFFICIAL REVIEW: THE ATHEIST AND THE AFTERLIFE - AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Review by Deborah Lloyd » 22nd of August 2021
The following is an official ReadersFavorite.Com review of "The Atheist and the Afterlife - an Autobiography" by Ray Catania.

Reviewed By: Deborah Lloyd
Review Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Reviewed By Deborah Lloyd for Readers’ Favorite

What do you call a committed skeptic of the afterlife who has just had a supernatural experience? The Atheist and the Afterlife – An Autobiography is the story of Ray Catania's transformation from an atheist to an authentic believer in the afterlife. In this three-part memoir, Ray begins by taking the reader back in time to his early years before any psychic involvement. He talks about the mistakes he makes, the traumas he suffers, and the decisions he makes as a result. In the following two parts of this book, the author delves into his time with people who believe in the supernatural and the effects they have on his life. These people include his love interest, Jessica, who helps him with his psychic beliefs, and Nicole and Bonnie, who help him journey deeper into the world of psychics, mediums, and the afterlife. Ray also has some interesting first-hand experiences of death and the afterlife while trying to find a connection between science and the supernatural. This book is an exciting read, but you'll need to pick it up to uncover the details of Ray's journey.

I liked how Ray was articulate in describing the events that led to his change in beliefs to the universal collective consciousness structure. He was open and vulnerable—and vulnerability, in my opinion, is an authentic trigger for inspiration—in how he talked about the events he experienced, his moments of self-doubt, and eventually how he got to accept the reality of the laws of the universe.

I also liked that beyond his stories themselves, he included the dates of each of his experiences. It almost felt as if he was trying to prove the veracity of his experiences further. His stories and their time stamps were even more realistic and relatable to me because Ray kept a journal, and the stories in this book were lifted from it. We all know how stories get jumbled up in our memory if we never write them down. A journal suggests that Ray wrote down his experiences as close as possible to the moment they occurred, which says something positive about the accuracy of his narration. The fact that these stories came directly from his journal was the best part about this book for me.

In addition to the prose-like approach the author took in this book, there were also healthy helpings of humor and sarcasm. And who doesn't like moments of laughter in a text? Not me. While the author did reveal some things—some incredible abilities—in this memoir that could elicit pride in anyone who possessed them, he managed to maintain an air of humility while doing it, which is hard to achieve.

As I read more of Ray's story, I could sense a motivational slant to it. I could see how it would hit home, especially for people who have gone through the same traumatic experiences that he did. I don't mind a bit of motivational talk as long as it's backed by relatable stories, and this book fits the bill.

I found less than a handful of grammar issues while reading this book, which means that it was professionally edited. There was nothing I disliked about this memoir at all. The detail and presentation of the author's experiences, his vulnerability in sharing them, and the infusion of humor and sarcasm were enough for me to award it 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to people who are interested in the supernatural, the afterlife, and the work of mediums and psychics.


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OFFICIAL REVIEW: THE ATHEIST AND THE AFTERLIFE - AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Reviewed by Jachike Samuelson » 4th of May 2021, 08:14

The following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Atheist and the Afterlife - an Autobiography" by Ray Catania.

Reviewed By: Jachike Samuelson

Review Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

Reviewed By Jachike Samuelson for The Online Book Club

What do you call a committed skeptic of the afterlife who has just had a supernatural experience? The Atheist and the Afterlife – An Autobiography is the story of Ray Catania's transformation from an atheist to an authentic believer in the afterlife. In this three-part memoir, Ray begins by taking the reader back in time to his early years before any psychic involvement. He talks about the mistakes he makes, the traumas he suffers, and the decisions he makes as a result. In the following two parts of this book, the author delves into his time with people who believe in the supernatural and the effects they have on his life. These people include his love interest, Jessica, who helps him with his psychic beliefs, and Nicole and Bonnie, who help him journey deeper into the world of psychics, mediums, and the afterlife. Ray also has some interesting first-hand experiences of death and the afterlife while trying to find a connection between science and the supernatural. This book is an exciting read, but you'll need to pick it up to uncover the details of Ray's journey.

I liked how Ray was articulate in describing the events that led to his change in beliefs to the universal collective consciousness structure. He was open and vulnerable—and vulnerability, in my opinion, is an authentic trigger for inspiration—in how he talked about the events he experienced, his moments of self-doubt, and eventually how he got to accept the reality of the laws of the universe.

I also liked that beyond his stories themselves, he included the dates of each of his experiences. It almost felt as if he was trying to prove the veracity of his experiences further. His stories and their time stamps were even more realistic and relatable to me because Ray kept a journal, and the stories in this book were lifted from it. We all know how stories get jumbled up in our memory if we never write them down. A journal suggests that Ray wrote down his experiences as close as possible to the moment they occurred, which says something positive about the accuracy of his narration. The fact that these stories came directly from his journal was the best part about this book for me.

In addition to the prose-like approach the author took in this book, there were also healthy helpings of humor and sarcasm. And who doesn't like moments of laughter in a text? Not me. While the author did reveal some things—some incredible abilities—in this memoir that could elicit pride in anyone who possessed them, he managed to maintain an air of humility while doing it, which is hard to achieve.

As I read more of Ray's story, I could sense a motivational slant to it. I could see how it would hit home, especially for people who have gone through the same traumatic experiences that he did. I don't mind a bit of motivational talk as long as it's backed by relatable stories, and this book fits the bill.

I found less than a handful of grammar issues while reading this book, which means that it was professionally edited. There was nothing I disliked about this memoir at all. The detail and presentation of the author's experiences, his vulnerability in sharing them, and the infusion of humor and sarcasm were enough for me to award it 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to people who are interested in the supernatural, the afterlife, and the work of mediums and psychics.


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OFFICIAL REVIEW: THE ATHEIST AND THE AFTERLIFE - AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Review by Astrid Iustulin » 26th of August 2021

The following is an official ReadersFavorite.Com review of "The Atheist and the Afterlife - an Autobiography" by Ray Catania.

Reviewed By: Astrid Iustulin

Review Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Reviewed By Astrid Iustulin for Readers’ Favorite

The Atheist and the Afterlife is the story of Ray Catania's life and the first volume of a series that promises to be very interesting and inspiring. The Atheist and the Afterlife tells the experiences of a former atheist who realized that the afterlife exists. How did it happen? Catania reveals it in these pages without omitting tragic episodes and giving a scientific explanation to the events. By his own admission, Catania would not accept anything that was not scientifically proven, so The Atheist and the Afterlife does not just record facts but helps us understand them by exploring scientific disciplines such as quantum physics. Overall, it is a book to discover.

What I liked most about The Atheist and the Afterlife is that it is a book that helps its readers to reflect. Although it narrates a man's personal life, many of Catania's explanations are useful to help readers better understand the world in which they live. I was particularly impressed by the pages that Catania dedicates to energy and quantum consciousness. These notions, if applied, improve our understanding of many aspects of our lives and minds. Overall, The Atheist and the Afterlife offers a splendid overview of how Catania's life has changed. I invite readers to read it both as a book that can help them in their personal growth and as a personal experience story. There is much food for thought in The Atheist and the Afterlife. It just needs a reader who desires to learn and understand.


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Catania’s text is distinctive in many ways – notably, its focus on the evolution of one individual's spiritual and metaphysical beliefs. The author offers multiple straightforward steps for readers to implement, despite a fairly enigmatic topic. His recommendations are articulate and represent a strength for this text.

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