It is perfectly normal for an engineer to take a common sense approach to solving a problem. What you might not expect to find is that engineer conducting years of research to find proof that heaven exists.
But that is exactly what retired electrical engineer Chuck Swartwout, 94, of Sedona, Arizona, did in his amazing book, You Don't Die - You Just Change Channels! A common sense guide to God our Creator and Eternity in Heaven (ISBN-13 978-1519619372, 2016, Swartwout Productions, paperback $9.95, 105 pages, http://www.ChuckSwartwout.com and is available on Amazon.
You Don't Die was just named "Winner" in the Spirituality category in the Great Southwest Book Festival in April, 2016 amongst hundreds of competing titles.
After his wife of 54 years died in 2006, Swartwout decided there had to be more to life than merely the time spent on earth. This realization motivated him to take a long analytical look at the afterlife, which the author believes we will all enter after death. Using his training in the scientific method, Swartwout researched and published You Don't Die - You Just Change Channels! which he describes as a "common sense" approach to prove the existence of an afterlife.
"After completing my extensive research," says Swartwout, "I decided to write a book so that I could pass along my findings to others. I wanted to give them assurance on their faith journey that there truly is an afterlife that they will enjoy after passing from this earth. My book also proposes a practical program of research that will prove this to be the case from a scientific viewpoint."
How successful was Swartwout in his attempt? "I give life eternal a 99 per cent chance of being a reality," he says. "In a few years when I cross over, I will know if my common sense analysis is correct."
Grady Harp, a Top 100 Amazon Reviewer, says of You Don't Die - You Just Change Channels! "This little book is a wonderful challenge to think in different ways. It's a gift from a learned, gentle man with whom an evening stroll beneath the stars would be a great and illuminating experience and pleasure."
Reviewer John J. Kelly of the Cincinnati City Beat writes: "Chuck Swartwout's literary debut at age 94 is a 'common sense' look at the big questions .... And is also a passionate and inspiring call to action for more research into the most central questions about what happens to us when we die."
During World War II, working with MIT and the US Airforce, as a civilian he was in charge of flight tests of the radar tracking system on the P-61 night fighter aircraft.
For many years Chuck Swartwout and his brother, Ken, owned and operated Swartwout Productions, the first developer in the world of an all-electronic control system for oil refineries and chemical processing plants.
Later on, Chuck became involved in producing films and TV commercials, during which time he was privileged to direct such greats as Jimmy Stewart, Dick Van Dyke, Kirk Douglas and Lowell Thomas. These films and TV commercials won many national and international awards.
In 1975 Swartwout Productions produced the world's longest running TV commercial - the one showing a little old lady throwing a tire through the plate glass window of a Discount Tire store. In 2002 Swartwout Productions was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the producer of the world's longest running TV commercial, and this commercial is still running today!
In an appendix of You Don't Die - You Just Change Channels! the author presents a plan that, if followed, has the potential to end all wars worldwide. He also invites readers to go to www.ChuckSwartwout.com, click on the "Feedback" tab, and get directly involved in a larger direct discussion of life, death, and the afterlife.
About Chuck Swartwout
A retired electrical engineer, Chuck Swartwout earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Case School of Engineering and a Master's in Electrical Engineering from MIT. For many years he operated his own company that developed the world's first all-electronic control system for use in oil refineries and chemical plants. Swartwout also has won many awards for TV commercials and sponsored films. In addition to being an engineer, film producer and author, Swartwout is an accomplished musician and composer. After retiring and moving to Arizona, he served on the Sedona City Council and as Vice-Mayor.