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Much cut from first edition
on November 1, 2005
I read the original first edition of this book. It had an "afterword" in which Moody discussed many people who had truly horrifying near-death experiences - returning with incredible horror and terror at what they were about to enter. It changed their lives, and caused them to re-examine who they were and how they lived.
I feel it was nearly criminal to cut this most-important, balancing section out of later editions, as it leaves people with the erroneous idea that everyone faces a beautific afterlife with a loving God, which is certainly not true. Moody's actual, complete, balanced research, shows exactly what we're told in scripture - that for those who know, love, and obey God, there is an afterlife of bliss and beauty and love. For those who do not honor God in this life, there is an afterlife of horror and agony. No surprises in that.
But how misleading to cut that original material out of his book!