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The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences: The Ultimate Guide to What Happens When We Die Paperback – October 19, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing; Original edition (October 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571745475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571745477
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

P.M.H. Atwater is a global leader in the study of the NDE. She dedicates her life to investigate and report near-death phenomena using a systematic, scientific method. Through her efforts, medical workers who routinely deal with trauma and emergencies are now recognizing and recording the near-death experience and sharing them. In 2001, the medical journal Lancet reported on the near-death experience, for the first time citing the work of Atwater to the global medical community. This book is the culmination of her life-long work and is written to be a sourcebook for doctors, nurses, EMTs, and anyone who has experienced either first hand or through a loved one the life-altering near-death phenomenon. She has appeared on Larry King Live, Regis and Kathy Lee, and Geraldo and is a workshop leader at major spiritual/holistic gatherings. She has addressed audiences at International Association for Near-Death Studies conferences, as well as the United Nations.

More About the Author

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).

Customer Reviews

It's overall content is superb and is a very comprehensive guide to the study of near death experiences.
Sharon R. Collier
Considering that, this book ,or what I've read of it so far is a very interesting read on this unusual subject.
Tech Weenie
Maybe the author has had some bad experience with Fundamentalists or just plain bone-headed religious people.
D. Gordon Savage

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Christa on November 3, 2007
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I was completely chilled, but in such an amazing way by the time I finished reading this book. I have never read a more persuasive and convincing arguement for the theory that life truly does not end once our time on this earth wraps up. I've always been a big believer in God as the end all and be all of my existence. I still have that faith, but this book also broadened my mind to "spirituality" and less towards organized religion as the foundation for my faith. I also gained an understanding of the human mind and body that I never in 35 years actually sat and contemplated. I more or less just drifted through life simply "existing". There are a lot of books out there who seem to be made for daytime talk shows with their leaning toward the dramatic. They err toward cartoonish instead of convincing. THIS however is imo THE only book that you need to truly convince yourself that you have absolutely nothing to fear. I was left with no doubts and a complete and utter acceptance of LAD. I hope others get as much out of this book as I did.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dodds on November 7, 2007
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What I expected was a large book filled with lots and lots of near-death experiences. What I got was some experiences (many seem abbreviated) along with analysis and the creation of all sorts of categories. While that is valuable for scientific research - I feel the title is somewhat misleading.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Janet Paccione on January 5, 2008
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I also found this book was not what I expected. The author claims to have interviewed the near-death experiences of 3,000 adults and 277 children and yet there are very few stories of actual near-death experiences.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Meisenbacher on April 5, 2008
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It is a big book of near death experiences. With three near death experiences, thirty years of research, and thousands of cases P.M.N. Atwater does a good job describing near death experiences. She provides details on the good, the bad, and the ugly for those who have experienced an NDE, their families, and others. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has had an NDE (I have not), for anyone who knows someone who has (I have not), and for anyone else interested in the topic. Her experience, facts, insights, and conclusions would be helpful to all three groups.

This takes up about the first half of the book.

The second half seems to turn attention to the subtitle "The Ultimate guide to what happens when we die." Some of it was interesting and thought provoking. Unfortunately, many of her theories and conclusions are at best a stretch and I think she fails to make a good case on several occasions. I also thought she droned on a bit long on some of her pet theories such as evolutionary change, but you may not mind if you liked her book - Children of the New Millennium.

There are a large number of references throughout the book and in the appendices so the interested reader can check facts and delve deeper in the subject from a variety of authors and researchers.

So I liked the first half - This is a big and excellent book on near death experiences. I learned a lot.

But I did not like the second half - This is not the ultimate guide to what happens when we die.

Happy reading.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael Way on January 30, 2008
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I used to believe that I knew a lot about NDE's and then I read this book! It is, as the Amazon description states, a tour de force. It contains over 400 pages and 30 years of research covering the experiences themselves, the aftereffects, religion, other worlds and the ultimate purpose of life. The author even gives debunkers a chapter, followed by a chapter in which she explains why she thinks they are wrong.
This is THE book about NDE's and is a must read for anyone even curious about the near-death experience. It is another book that I wish could be given more than 5 stars.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ollie on December 3, 2007
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The book isn't just about NDEs, but about consciousness. It includes many personal accounts, research data, the body's biological changes after NDEs, connections to quantum physics and much more. I found myself sneaking time to keep reading. While I've read and experienced a good deal on the subject, this book puts the information in contexts that were mind blowing at times. I also recommend this book for anyone struggling with grief over a loved one, it's comforting.

You've got to love the price too, well worth it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Diane K. Pike on December 12, 2007
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This is an amazing book. It is beautifully designed, so that each page pulls you right in. The insert boxes make it easy to learn new things quickly, and the text itself is amazingly comprehensive and easy to read. The author has done extensive research in a field that, as she says, "straddles religion and mysticism, science and biology, consciousness and the supernatural." It is the kind of book you can dip into to gain a lot of information in a short time, or sit down with and stay engrossed for several hours. I highly recommend the book for anyone interested in Near Death Experiences, other altered states of consciousness, and our human evolution in consciousness
Diane Kennedy Pike
Author of Life As A Waking Dream
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Hill on August 2, 2010
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I have never had a near death experience. However, I had a devastating heartbreak when my son died at 16 years tragically. Atwater's book confirms my experience through near death experiences...the black space, the light, the gifts, the shimmering after out of body experiences. I am grateful.
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