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Reborn in the Light Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1995

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (February 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553569805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553569803
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,975,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Wong on February 21, 2003
Cherie Sutherland does a survey of 50 Australians who've experienced NDE. In this book, she explores the after-effects of their experiences, and how their lives have changed. Cherie, trained as a sociologist, used her sociology training on interviewing the 50 people to gather data, and making sense of it. She does a great job with the book, and it flows from start to finish very well. She highlights the similarities between the 50 people, and compares it with similar studies done in the U.S.
This book doesn't go in-depth into the NDE experiences themselves, but rather touches on the commonalities of the experiences. The book focuses on the changes in the experiencers life-styles, thoughts, and feelings. I've read many other NDE books, and the changes to her 50 person group are very similar to the others I've read about.
Usually, the most common feeling amongst the NDE survivors is a sense of mission to help the needy and a strong compassion for all life in this world. Also the fear of death is totally eliminated after an NDE. There were two very interesting results from her study: First, Cherie found that marriages were often destroyed by an NDE. Usually due to the significant other's failure to understand the NDE and cope with the changes in life-style. Second, there was an overwhelming rejection of organized religion by the experiencers afterwards. Rather, they felt more spiritual, and felt they had a direct connection to God. Contrary to this from other books I've read, most of the NDE'ers (at least Americans) became more religious afterwards.
Some people might be put off that this book is written like a thesis, or an intellectual study of the NDE phenomena. However, if you are interested in studying post-NDE effects, or reading about how others dealt with their NDE, this book would be invaluable to you.
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Cherie Sutherland is a visiting fellow at the School of Sociology at the University of New South Wales in Australia. She notes in the Preface of this 1992 book that during her son's birth, "I experienced the essence of who I am: selfless, egoless, bodyless, free of time and space. This experience... was to provide me with a view of reality and a consciousness of self that I had not even imagined to be a possibility, and was profoundly to alter my life... In this present study I have found that people are greatly changed by such experiences ... given new direction, purpose and energy. I certainly was... The experience I have so briefly outlined thus was to provide the starting point for my doctoral thesis and this book..." (Pg. xiv-xvi)

She adds, "My starting point is that the near-death experience exists, that it is real in the minds of those who have had it and, in particular, that it is real in its consequences. This book examines these consequences." (Pg. 13)

She writes, "In addition to a change in values there has also been shown to be a definite change in beliefs among those who've had an NDE... in my own sample I reported that belief in reincarnation was also found to be noticeably strengthened." (Pg. 41) She adds that researchers "all concluded that experiencers became more religious after their NDEs." (Pg. 43)

She observes, "One recurring theme in near-death accounts is the difficulty near-death experiencers have in talking about the experience afterward. They quickly discover that prevalent social and medical attitudes make general acceptance of such phenomena extremely problematic." (Pg.
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