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Ordered to Return: My Life After Dying Paperback – April 1, 1998
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It soon became evident, this book was not written by Sherill. The first half of the book repeated parts of his first book, giving his life after death experience. This was followed by his interpretation of that experience as he lived the rest of his life. This was interesting, but possible to put down and return to. Through a sentence here and there, his disappointments with persons and religions, that in his opinion failed to lead followers toward a loving God, began to show.
His chapter on addictions, "The Healing of an Alcoholic," was very inspiring. It described how he encouraged one alcoholic, to find God and be delivered when she didn't want either. He credited this to divine intervention.
In section three, "Searching for the Truth that Can free us to Live," he revealed his belief in reincarnation. In several places Dr. Ritchie expresses his belief in the forgiveness of all sin through Jesus' Crucifixion, but of what value is reincarnation, or to whom, was not addressed. Chapters 13-15 were depressing with rambling, disconnected thoughts, expressing his rage with organized religions and the bible, for the destruction (judgement, guilt, shame, etc.) they had caused to the patients he had been treating. This may have been good therapy for him, but a poor read for us. Since his point had been made earlier, to expand further was to belabor this point.Read more ›
The author goes on to relate the trials of his young life which include having to struggle to get into and complete medical school. It's such a profoundly human story and Dr. Ritchie candidly shares his imperfections and mistakes.
He then goes on to put what he learned from the death experience into his psychiatric medical practice: the acceptance of others, the desire to help and assist in healing, humilty and warmth. I liked this part the best.
What I found refreshing is that this story doesn't seem to be as "far-out" as some of the other ones I've read. It's practical and I came away feeling comforted and uplifted. It might not take a NDE to live such an inspired life but for the author, it was his best life experience. I bought the book while experiencing grief over a death of someone close and found comfort in it. I gave it to someone else who was also feeling the loss and she hasn't been able to put it down. Dr. Ritchie is a profoundly warm, humble and eloquent writer who can inspire a re-dedication of purpose defeating the seemingly destructive force of death.
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Ritchie's NDE reminds me of the kid's NDE in "Heaven is For Real". The boy later admitted his preacher father instructed him to add Jesus and his teachings to his account. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Leonore Sweet
I don't like to wrtie book reviews because tastes are so different. I like books about NDE's (Near Death Experiences). If one likes this genre, this is a good read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Regina M.
Essential for my forthcoming life years. I am 78.
Regards Juergen Stappenbeck, Germany
Good narrative on NDE's that helped support my belief in the afterlife.Published 14 months ago by Retired Sheepdog
This book really opened my eyes to new realities of how the spirit world works. I read it while I was working in a clinic as a young bilingual (English-Spanish) psychotherapist. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Barbara Stone, PhD, DCEP
I was privileged to meet Dr. Ritchie some years ago...his book reads like a novel but it 100% authentic.Published 17 months ago by Carolyn J. Decker
looks like its going to be a good read and recommend anyone that wishes to broaden their knowledge in this fieldPublished on February 6, 2014 by laura sanborn