Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Annual Windjammers Parade 2019
Global Audible Best-Selling Author of Heaven Is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me That Death Is Just The Beginning, entrepreneur and ordained pastor, Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore, MDiv, broadcast for fifteen years (2006-2018) for a daily two-minute spot on two NBC TV stations with Daily Devotions (brand) just before the morning’s weather. Storytelling, communicator, public speaker, pastor, and storyteller, Peter had thirty million views annually on TV (Nielsen Ratings) and uncounted listeners on FM and AM across Maine and New Hampshire, and around the nation.
Peter graduated from Yale University where he completed his MDiv with a focus on the practices and writings in the classics of western mysticism.
A two-time Near-Death Experiencer, Peter, first died in 1980 of hypothermia while ice climbing in Banff Provincial Park in Canada, and then again of a heart attack in 2015, just as Hampton Roads, HarperCollins Canada, Guidepost’s, Jaffa Kiado, Audible, Brilliance Audio, Kindle, Audible, and Nook, released Heaven Is Beautiful globally. In 2020, Heaven Is Beautiful was optioned as a feature film.
Peter’s Maine Best Seller, Two Minutes for God: Quick Fixes for the Spirit published with Simon & Schuster, is a daily inspirational with stories drawn from among the seventeen hundred he wrote and broadcast each day. Peter’s at work on his third book with the working title, Modern Mysticism and You.
From 1990-2003, Peter published publishing one-hundred and fifty sermons and dozens of prayers as a staff writer for Homiletics, (now Homiletics.Online), a national leading worship preparation journal for progressive clergy.
Peter published his first story Former Enemies once in The NYTs #1 Best Seller, Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul: Stories to Stir the Pride and Honor the Courage of Our Veterans, and again in Stories from a Soldier's Heart: For the Patriotic Soul (over 5 million copies in print) by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers.
Peter’s been featured on Fox and Friends, Coast to Coast AM, Canada’s The Drew Marshall Show, and recently by Buddha at the Gas Pump and Shaman Oaks. He speaks, talks, gets interviewed, and teaches all over the world, in person, live-streamed, or recorded, from stages, from pulpits and podcasts, and on YouTube, TV, FM, and AM. He wrote blogs on Huffington Post’s Blogspot for a decade. A devotee of heartful mediation and inner yoga Peter has daily pursued the Pursuer for forty years. Dig your way back to Love, The I Am, The Ineffable Holy.
Peter is featured in LIFE to AFTERLIFE, Near Death Experience currently streaming on Amazon Prime. (Episode 4 is in post-production, May 2020.)
An option for film or a streaming series rights for Heaven Is Beautiful have been optioned by Avenue Pictures (Cary Brokaw) and Ananta Productions (Andrea Stone).
Ever since 2013, Peter has been sitting on The State of Maine's Domestic Homicide Review Panel. He served eighteen years as Congregational community minister in the United Church of Christ, on an island off the coast of Maine, and ending in 2003 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where he lives with his wife, his nearby grown children, and his granddaughter.
For fun, Peter stilt walks in parades and races in sailboats.