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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books (November 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564149722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564149725
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finally, a science-minded physician has addressed the phenomenon of pre-death experiences with compassion, comprehension, and candor. Whether you are a hospice professional, a family member preparing for the transition of a loved one, or a person seeking to understand the nature of human consciousness ands its place in the universe, you will be uplifted and inspired by this book."
--Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Medicine at the University of Arizona and author of The Afterlife Experiments and The Energy Healing Experiments

"Into the Light is a courageous testament of deepest personal conviction and great beauty, the chronicle of a scientist and humanitarian on a journey of discovery into the mysteries of death and what comes after. I am not ashamed to say that I wept at times while reading this lovely book."
--Whitley Strieber, New York Times best-selling author of Communion and The Grays

"Dr. Lerma's conversations with his hospice patients at the border between life and death give us all much to contemplate. Reading this book just might change your life!"
--Pamela M. Kircher, MD, author of Love Is the Link: A Hospice Doctor Shares Her Experience of Near Death and Dying

"Eyewitness accounts of angelic apparitions are rare, but Dr. Lerma has more numbers of this experience than anyone I have met."
--Catherine Lanigan, author of Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile

"Into the Light offers immeasurable healing and inspiration of the heart and soul for those about to leave this earthly plane, and for their loved ones remaining...as well as a blessing for us all as we witness science and spirituality divinely bridged. The encouraging reminder that each one of us on this planet serves a purpose, and that each circumstance is a teacher of love, offers immense hope and upliftment for humanity."
--Claire Papin, host and producer of It's All Good on Sirius Satellite/LIME Radio

About the Author

John Lerma, M.D., is the inpatient medical director for the internationally renowned TMC Hospice, part of the largest medical center in the world, The Medical Center of Houston. After graduating with honors from The University of Texas in Austin with a pharmacy degree, he entered The University of Texas San Antonio medical school and received his board certification in both Internal Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has spent the last 10 years caring for the terminally ill and is widely recognized for his compassionate care and for his teaching of end-of-life care to nurses, medical students, and resident physicians. He is currently involved in a research project in palliative medicine with MD Anderson Hospital, the leading cancer institute in the world. Dr. Lerma is a frequent guest on local, national, and international radio and TV.

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John Lerma, M.D., is the inpatient medical director for the internationally renowned TMC Hospice, part of the largest medical center in the world, The Medical Center of Houston. After graduating with honors from The University of Texas in Austin with a pharmacy degree, he entered The University of Texas San Antonio medical school and received his board certification in both Internal Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has spent the last 10 years caring for the terminally ill and is widely recognized for his compassionate care and for his teaching of end-of-life care to nurses, medical students, and resident physicians. He is currently involved in a research project in palliative medicine with MD Anderson Hospital, the leading cancer institute in the world. Dr. Lerma is a frequent guest on local, national, and international radio and TV.

Customer Reviews

This book validates our reality.
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Thank you Dr. Lerma for your heart and your love of people and for sharing these beautiful experiences with us.
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This book should be read by all as it will change the way you live, forgive and love.
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Ana Espino on November 2, 2007
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Finally, a scientist and doctor that attempts to bridge the gap between science and spirituality. The 16 stories of individuals from all walks of life are extraordinary and uplifting. I spoke with Dr. John Lerma recently and was appalled when I found that a few of his colleaques and hospital executives attempted at coercing him to stop the book from being published. They felt that medicine had no place for scientific research that involved spirituality through the visions of the dying, as this would have terrible repercussions. I am so glad that Dr. Lerma went forth with exercising his freedom of speech so the people of the world would have an idea that there was something so incredible and loving that was occuring to literally thousands of humans on their death-beds. This book should be read by all as it will change the way you live, forgive and love.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. Barrow on November 20, 2009
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I nearly didn't buy it because of the bad reviews on Amazon UK, but once I looked at the many positive reviews on the main Amazon site, I bought it.

And I'm glad that I did. I really don't understand why the other reviewers reacted so badly...one reviewer believes in angels, but finds angel feathers inplausible, and somehow is upset because Vlad the Impaler and Hitler weren't seen in hell...and I can't see how the book is ludicrous or depressing at all!

And for some strange reason the second reviewer seems to think the book is all about glorifying Dr. Lerma, and I have no idea how they got that impression!

The book is simply a record of the observations and experiences of the terminal patients of a hospice doctor. These people who are going to die see things that others normally don't and share these experiences with doctors who won't turn around and say to them "You're barking mad...as in Woof Woof!" Why would any patient tell these very strange experiences to someone as rude as that.

Every story I read made me weep because of the positive effects these patient's experiences of 'heaven' and 'angels' had on themselves, their families and me, a reader of the book.

You won't like it if you think there is ONE religion or belief system that is the ONLY way to God...in fact, these different stories point to the broadness of the love of God.

The first story is about a nine-year old boy dying of cancer, and how his experiences brought his family back to a positive perspective for life and hope, by giving them a faith in Jesus.

The second is how a Jewish family's 4 year old son sees angels with the spirit of his two year old brother who has just died, which comforts the family and their synagogue.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By John A. Sturm Jr. on November 1, 2007
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Dr. Lerma's book is amazing!! I don't think there are many medical professionals who can objectively bring together the scientifc and spiritual components of death. I've read other books about this, but what I like here is that Dr. Lerma's research came from firsthand experience with his hospice patients. The commonality of experience across so many patients really made me wonder about the afterlife. I always dismissed this stuff as hallucination. Now, I am not so sure.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Vincent R. Saenz on December 6, 2007
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The stories told in this book makes you to think about
the better world to come and to open any doubts you may
have regarding angels and death - dying experience --
Bought books for several friends and they all were affected by it -- thanking me for such a gift -- the
book is a must buy book -- you won't regret it

Vincent -- Houston , Tx --
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Getting Stonger on June 12, 2008
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Wow!!! I loved this book. I read it in 2 days. I laughed and cried . It was very helpful and touching. I had a sister that passed away in a Hospice center just last week. She was seeing and talking to Angels right up to her passing. The Doctor there recomened that I read this book, and I'm so glad that I read it. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kate Carter on March 26, 2008
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In my case, I read this book because I am loosing a person very dear to me. I felt very comforted reading this book and then noticing the similarities between the stories in the book and the real life situation I am in. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has questions about the end of life experiences.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Hamilton on January 13, 2008
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Thankfully, we are hearing about real experiences that assure us of the life beyond death. Dr. Lerma keeps it simple and tells the stories that are given to him. There is no religious bias. The conversations with ministers and priests add more information and interpretation to the stories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Gilliam on July 22, 2011
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A friend loaned me this book after the death of both my very dear brother and father in a short period recently. Losing them was devastating. I wish I'd read this book before I had to go through the experience of their deaths, because I feel I missed the chance to be closer to them and make the passage easier for them. I think I could have offered a kind and depth of support that we all could have benefited from. Although some of the more skeptical reviewers have commented about the religious overtones throughout the book, I didn't read it that way. What I got, in total, was a real world confirmation of a level of universal spirituality there for anyone who is open to it.

Everyone comes to their time of death with different life experiences and spiritual views, or with none. I personally have always considered myself a spiritual person, but not a conventionally "religious" one and not real keen on institutionalized religion. But, I had an out of the body near death exoerience after a major auto accident many years ago, where I experienced many though not all of the sensations,visions and aspects described by others in this book. Reading it was a reminder in many ways. I was met by a group of angelic forms, but they told me it was not my time, and turned me back. Instead, my little sister, who was severely injured and lying only feet from me on the ground, died in that accident. It was a beautiful experience, however, one extremely difficult to even find words to describe. So, I knew "death" was not painful or unpleasant, but I'd not had any messengers come to me beforehand, maybe because it was such a sudden event? If I'd known that was possible, I'd have spoken with my loved ones about it as the critical time neared.
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