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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Transpersonal Publishing; 2nd Revised Edition edition (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929661304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929661305
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Compelling.-- Booklist ...extraordinary piece of work. --East West Journal

About the Author

The author is an expert in the NDE feild who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has recently released the N.D.E. Sourcebook and is well known for the Idiots Guide to Near Death Experiences.

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An international authority on near-death states, PMH Atwater is the author of 10 books, her writings have also appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. She has lectured twice at the United Nations and guested on tv and radio talk shows such as Sally Jessy Raphael, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, Regis & Kathy Lee, Geraldo, and The Shirley Show in Canada. Recently she was awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists and the "Outstanding Service Award" from IANDS (where she has also been a 2 term board member).

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lee & Steven Hager on September 22, 2008
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When do anecdotal experiences become fact? Is a researcher more qualified to say what is factual, or the people who experience a phenomenon first hand? Who better to answer these questions than a writer who is both the experiencer and the researcher? P. M. H. Atwater has been a fearless pioneer in the field of near-death experience precisely because she herself desperately needed the answers to the many questions she posed in her research. Ms. Atwater states that the three near-death experiences she survived in 1977 changed her to the point that ". . .life `as usual' became impossible." It becomes clear when reading the autobiographical portions of the book that near-death can be a rewarding experience, but only if it is fully understood and successfully integrated into the lives of the experiencer and their loved ones.

Many current books discuss the phenomenon, but few actually aid the survivor in dealing with both the experience itself, and the aftermath of the catastrophic changes involved. Ms. Atwater's second revision demonstrates her determination to work tirelessly in aiding her fellow survivors to cope with the "surprises" that appear to be inevitable after such an event. After speaking with hundreds of survivors, she has discovered a pattern of major after-effects that include the inability to personalize emotions, a changing sense of time and physical reality and difficulty communicating and maintaining relationships. Ms. Atwater also goes into detail regarding the spiritual aspects of such an experience (imagine being confronted by spiritual beings you have previously refused to believe existed) and alterations in brain function. Although many survivors are categorized as brain damaged, Ms.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cristael Ann Bengtson on November 10, 2012
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P.M.H. Atwater is one of the most prolific writers in the field of Near Death studies. She approaches NDE's as both an experiencer and a person who has done extensive in-the-field research on the subject. In this book she looks at the ways in which Near Death survivors learn (or don't learn) to cope with life after their NDE.
As always, her research and insights into the experiences, problems and challenges that NDE'rs face are fascinating, while some of her final conclusions are off-the-wall.
Atwater interviewed literally hundreds of survivors in this 1991 book, and her invaluable research brought new insight into the difficulties and the heartbreaking crises faced by NDE'rs.
She found that many of the greatest challenges centered around communications and relationships, and the inability to personalize emotions and feelings, especially feelings of love and belonging. When you're just back from your NDE, and you're in love with all the world, it's hard to focus in on your love for just one life partner or one child. In fact, carrying on a simple conversation with others can be almost impossible. Her many stories and quotations from NDE'rs are deeply moving and sometimes heartrending. Atwater's own NDE is a tale of of incredible difficulties and intense bravery and courage.
However, toward the end of the book, Atwater comes up with a sloppy grab-bag of opinions on Ruth Montgomery's writings on Walk-Ins, whether reincarnation is real, and half a dozen other side issues which detract from the book's ending. Atwater's editor should have cut those sections and had her stick to the main issues that she raises in the body of this work, which are of real and helpful value in the study of Near Death Experiencers.
'Coming Back to Life' is something of a mixed bag, yet it has diamond-bright insights on post Near Death recovery that make it well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig W on February 2, 2014
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There was plenty of information in this book that helped me understand more about my own near death experience, both of them. The author has a vast knowledge base of the subject. Her own personal health and near death experiences were much more intense than what I experienced. Don't let that intensity keep you from reading this well thought out summary of the near death experience reference. She has put together a great summary of the many different types of near death experiences with explanations of each.
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