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Beyond the Darkness Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1996

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Unlike Betty J. Eadie and other near-deathers who have written best-selling accounts of their close calls, Fenimore did not experience an epiphany when her heart stopped. Here, she tells of her brief, hellish tour of you-know-where.
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In 1991 the author, a wife and mother, decided to take her own life in the hopes of finding peace. Her near-death experience was not a heavenly encounter, however, but a brush with a nightmare. Her journey to hell and back is charted in an astoundingly vivid account which proves hard to put down. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam (February 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553574426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553574425
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angie Fenimore survived childhood abuse that became the impetus for her involvement in legal change that stiffened penalties for violent sex offenders in Washington State in 1990. She served as the president and co-vice chair of two coalitions. The laws she participated in passing became the model for the rest of the country and changed the legal landscape on a national level.

When, in 1991, her work triggered the recall of suppressed memories of abuse, she attempted suicide. She wrote the best-selling book, BEYOND THE DARKNESS about her transformational Near-Death Experience.

Angie is now partnered with the daughter of Utah's infamous killer Dan Lafferty who murdered his brother's wife and baby in 1984. Angie's life purpose is to bring forgiveness, love and choice to others in the face of impossible circumstances.

Angie now provides empathic healing, spiritual empowerment coaching and writing coaching. Angie facilitates the SLC "Compel, Polish, Pitch & Sign" WRITER'S CONFERENCES. She lives in South Jordan, Utah and has six children and six grandchildren.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A. Fenimore on January 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I wrote Beyond the Darkness and would like to let readers be aware that there is a publisher typo that, in my opinion, changes context dramatically. On page 101, it reads, "great" white beard and actually should read that He had a "neat" white beard. There are a few other typos, but this is the one that I feel is important.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By John the Baptist on January 22, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read this book and I believe it. Anyone else that has posted about suicides going to hell I don't care for your comments, even if they were in the best interest of readers. I don't know where every single suicide goes, and I don't really want firsthand experience. I don't NEED to know. What I DO know is that God cares for every individual on this earth. I know that this woman died. I know that this woman saw what she wrote in this book. I know that she saw God the Father and Jesus the Christ, and that they gave her a second chance in life.
I know that the lessons the author teaches in this book are true. I'm glad I bought this book and it has been a blessing for me.
Again, I don't know where suicides go, but I know God loves me. He's asked for me to pick up my cross and follow him and thats just what I'm going to do.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Gun on January 21, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Spiritual matters will never be resolved with bickering back and forth on forums. Spiritual matters can only be resolved with the spirit. Our earth is filled with people ranging from spiritually dead to enlightened. This site also seems to have that same range with reviewers--prideful scripture citing, name calling, and cruel accusations.

Ms. Fenimore had this experience. It was real. Whether a vision or literal, does not matter. When Moses spoke to God, was he really talking with a burning bush? We are taught truths by means that enable us to understand, but always, our understanding is dependent on where we stand.

C.S. Lewis described being in a dark shed and observing a shaft of light penetrating a hole in the wooden door. From were he stood, he could see dust and fine particles floating, swimming, and swirling in the air. What he saw was truth, limited by his perspective and from where he stood. But as he positioned himself up near the hole in the door, a view of the beautiful outdoor world of grass and flowers and trees opened unto him. Interestingly, from both positions he viewed the same light (or truth), but observed different results. Some in this world are content to see the dust and argue there is nothing more. But those that want to see greater truth must align themselves spiritually. The choice is ours.

Years ago, my wife saw a talk show where Ms. Fenimore was telling her story. Later that day, my wife told me of Ms. Fenimore's experience. I felt the spirit whisper to me that it was a true experience. I wasn't seeking this revelation. It just came. Then just two weeks ago, my son came home telling me that one of his former friends that had been kicked out of junior high had committed suicide.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this incredible book in one night. What a page-turner! Aside from being unique because it shows the dark side of the near-death experience, it was also extremely well written. While many books of this genre are interesting or, at least, amusing, most are not finely crafted. Few, if any, are great literature. This book is a pleasant exception. In Beyond the Darkness, Fenimore shares with the reader a very important message AND a surperb piece of story-telling. Readers, not even interested in the near-death phenomenon, will not be able to put this one down, I guarantee it. It's a real grabber and a tear-jerker, too. Please, Angie, write another book. We love your clean, crisp style.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas G. Donlin on August 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent account of what can possibly happen if one decides to take their life. It is also a lesson of hope. Angie was given a second chance, and even when things seem most desparate, things will get better. As one who has battled depression, I can attest to this. Things will get better and taking your life is not the answer.

This book also gives excellent testimony to the love of God and that His Son Jesus is real also. In many ways, it gives better lessons than Betty Eadie's books and hers are excellent.

Hell does exist and Satan is real. As the book reveals, hell is not only a separate physical reality, it is also a state of mind. From where I am sitting, so is Heaven.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vivian Vukojevich on October 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read the book in one night. I believe everything the author, Angie Fenimore, says, although I could not understand her reasoning in believing (at the time) that taking her life was the right thing to do. This book serves as a warning that taking one's own life is always a mistake. One thing that stands out for me is that the author says she was told that we are in the final moments before the Savior will return to earth. She was also told that there is an intense war on the earth between darkness and light, and if we are not continually seeking light, the darkness will consume us and we will be lost. Also, that the earth is being prepared for the Second Coming of Christ.
I was confused that she saw God the Father in the form of a human being. I believe that God is much more than a human being, the source and creator of everything. However, I believe that God was manifesting, or appearing to her, in the form of a human being. The book also demonstrated the love of Christ for us and the unity between Christ and His Father.
The book also reveals the danger of listening to modern music, which many young people listen to today, and the danger of watching negative movies or TV programs. Hell, in a sense, is a state of mind. Where we go after death has a lot to do with our thoughts and what we focus on when we are alive.
As a teenager, I often felt depressed. What helped me was my religious beliefs and also focusing on reading books and poetry that was positive and inspirational.
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