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Books by Stephen G. Post

 
God and Love on Route 80: The Hidden Mystery of Human Connectedness

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Book: God and Love on Route 80

Most people know the author as a contributor to the study of medical humanities, positive psychology, research on altruism and love, clinical bioethics, and the care of deeply forgetful people. But there is a spiritual side to him that has been animating from the start, and that he finally decided to express in the form of a journey. God and Love on Route 80 is an astonishing true story of faith, love, and destiny for everyone who suspects that our universe and encounters are more enchanting and meaning-filled than dry old materialism allows, or than our narrow goals embrace. Spirituality often begins with the sense of the hidden mystery of human connectedness. Most of us, even if we don’t like to admit it, have had powerful moments when we encountered the perfect person in the perfect place at the perfect time as if in answer to a prayer, especially in our more desperate moments. We pause because it felt so uncanny, as though perfectly set up by a cherishing and unifying higher presence in this universe in which we somehow participate.

God and Love on Route 80 is a different kind of road trip. Follow the often mirthful but always deepening Route 80 episodes that reveal how cherished and connected each of us is. It is a mix of uplifting encounters and reflection on infinite Mind, resonating with the newfound respectability of these ideas as recently captured in the writings of such distinguished thinkers as Larry Dossey MD with his book One Mind, philosopher Owen J. Flanagan with his The Oneness Hypothesis, and even to some degree Thomas Nagel with his Mind & Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False. In the beginning Mind. Mind before Matter. Many scriptures state that “in the beginning” was the divine Mind, from which comes the universe of time and space in a Big Bang, and it is always there underlying all that is, including our own consciousness, but we have to mindfully notice its whispers and winks as we move through our lives.

“Sometimes things happen that reveal an apparent pattern, plan, and meaning to the workings of the world. When this revelation occurs, it’s as if the Universe winks at us as if to say, ‘Now you’re in on the secret!’ The ‘secret’ is the realization that an infinite, unitary intelligence pervades everything—what author Stephen G. Post calls IM for Infinite Mind. And that’s why God and Love on Route 80 is a poke in the eye of materialism, the numbing ideology that all happenings conform to the so-called blind, meaningless laws of nature. Post’s “journey west” is a coming-of-age metaphor for the discovery of ancient truths: that Consciousness is primary, that Mind was “here first,” and that love is a kind of metaphysical glue that holds things together and provides a delightful fizz to the whole show. God and Love on Rt. 80 is more than an enchanting, beautiful book; it indicates the kind of awareness that is required if we are to survive the challenges we face as a species—the awareness of our connectivity and unity with all else, the knowledge that our world is sacred, holy, and worth saving. Thank you, Stephen, for reminding us of this essential truth.”
—Larry Dossey, M.D., author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters

“Stephen G. Post in this highly readable and deeply profound book shares his journey to that which is whole, holy, and healed in all of us. Beyond the secret passages, the dark alleys and ghost filled attics of our individual conditioned and separate minds there is a single infinite boundless awareness that differentiates into all observers, all modes of observation and all objects observed. We can call it Ein Sof, Brahman, Nonlocal mind, God, Allah or the Self. Transcendence to this domain is the experience of absolute love and spontaneous creativity, intuition, insight, and higher vision.”
—Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters and Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles

“You must be ready when you open this book. It’s a microburst of searching faith in a God of Love (be alert for the “blue angel”) and a spiritual and intellectual stance that everything in the universe—you, me, crickets, galaxies, microbes, stars, life, death—is connected. For the author who shares his awakening with us, the “blue angel” offers him not only comfort but the bracing challenge to love others with a generous heart way beyond self-aggrandizement. Or, simply put, as God loves. It takes a large and open heart to take in the invitation to faith of this vocation story. I’m more alive and alert now for having read it.”
—Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking and a soon-to-be-published memoir, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey (Random House August 13, 2019)

 
Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving

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Book: Why Good Things Happen to Good People

“Stephen Post and Jill Neimark make the scientific case for generosity eloquently, humanely, and compellingly. This book meets Nietzsche’s criterion for good philosophy: ‘Change Your Life!’”
—Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

“Stephen Post and Jill Neimark have brought together the main findings from the new science of genuine love, and translated them into helpful, practical advice that the reader can easily apply. Those who take this book to heart will surely make their lives better, and will help to make the world a better place as well.”
—Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, and author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“Many books talk about happiness, living better and reaching goals. Stephen Post and Jill Neimark tell us about accessing the deepest emotions of joy, gratitude, humility and awe. The title will pique your curiosity. The information will open your mind. But the message will open your heart.”
—Dan Gottlieb, author of Letters to Sam: A Grandfather’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life, and host of “Voices in the Family,” Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate

 
The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times

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Book: The Hidden Gifts of Helping

“Stephen Post... has written a deeply moving and comforting book about the pain and the healing of being uprooted. In the face of the deeply troubling post-2008 world, Post has written a courageous and honest book about his own experience of being a ‘castaway’ and reaching shore safely by trying to rescue others, not himself.... It is wise and profoundly healing.”
—George E. Vaillant, M.D., professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; senior fellow, Center for Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania; and author, Aging Well

“I hereby add my voice to the much deserved praise of Stephen G. Post’s book on the healing power of love. It is a lasting contribution to the humanities in medicine.”
—Richard Selzer, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine

“In this inspiring book, Stephen Post convincingly shows how helping others leads to win-win situations: not only does benevolence enhance others’ well-being... but, as a bonus, it also contributes significantly to our own physical and mental well-being.”
—Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk, humanitarian, scientist, and author, Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

 
The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer Disease: Ethical Issues from Diagnosis to Dying

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Book: The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer Disease

“Health professionals who deal with dementia, as well as family members who care for relatives who become disabled, will find this book thoughtful, engaging, and provocative.”
—New England Journal of Medicine

“This is a much needed and inspirational addition to the literature of Alzheimer’s disease... Ethics Committees will find it invaluable as will nursing home administrators, directors of nursing, and all who care for people no longer able to care for themselves.”
—Journal of Long-Term Care Administration

“An intelligent and morally informed treatment of dementia in the aged.”
First Things

“Stephen Post has produced an outstanding, potentially classic book. It is well written, clear, patiently argued, and broadly referenced. Readers can learn much about Alzheimer’s disease from this book.”
Health Affairs