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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (January 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830738126
  • ASIN: B002KE5T3W
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sjogren's advice is refreshingly honest and gritty. Recommend to readers experiencing trials, to biography fans… -- Aspiring Retail Magazine

From the Back Cover

"The cold voice of the anesthesiologist recited the typical ‘Count backward from 10’ routine. And darkness closed around me before I got to 7. That’s when I found out what it’s like to die—and to come back from the dead."

It was a beautiful winter’s day, showing no signs of what was to come. Steve Sjogren, pastor of one of America’s fastest growing churches, went into the hospital for routine gall bladder surgery and died—twice. What began as a tragic medical accident led to Steve’s encounter with death, an experience of unimaginable peace and some surprises, with comforting words from God, a meeting with an angel, and seeing those who had died before him.

In The Day I Died, you will read Steve Sjogren’s unforgettable story and catch a glimpse of the hereafter. Discover how he learned a myriad of lessons about hearing God’s voice in times of crisis, how he came to trust God in a new way during the recovery process and how his life has changed as a result of this experience. If you, or someone you know, are fearful of dying, curious about heaven or simply desiring to live life to its fullest, this encouraging book could change how you view life and death.


More About the Author

STEVE SJOGREN is the founding pastor of Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, which he and his wife Janie started with a small group of 5 that ultimately grew under his leadership to a weekend attendance of over 6,000 attendees. In the course of that journey, Steve mentored numerous church planters who launched likeminded churches in the Ohio Valley. Steve is considered by many in the church world to be the father of servant evangelism - the notion that "the kindness of God brings us to repentance" (Rom. 2:4). In addition to pastoring, he is a sought after conference speaker and leadership coach through his network, ServeCoach.com. Steve leads several popular web sites including ServantEvangelism.com, ChurchPlanting.com and Kindness.com.

Customer Reviews

I read this book in one sitting.
Scott Bane
One thing i didn't like was sometimes he seemed to get a bit too proud of himself and his and the wife's accomplishments and yet-to-come "dreams."
Andrew J. Nothwehr
It will inspire you to change, challenge you to grow, and acknowlege how quickly life can be altered.
Danielle D'Anjou

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Susan Wetmore on February 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a registered nurse working in long term care I have been with many people as they left this realm and traveled to the next. Some leave with their eyes filled with terror while others are at peace. I am recommending this book to the hospice agency that serves our facility. No one should be facing death or life without reading this book. Thank you Steve!!!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Kostel on October 18, 2007
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This is an excellant book about the meaning of life, and the encouragement to live a life to the fullest. I was not disappointed in the quality of the book; it's a fine read for those not already acquanted with "life after life" experiences. However, the title and Jacket suggest the book will be primarily about the dying and the immediate recovering experience. Instead, I found this book to be more of an evangelical inspiration book. If that's what the reader wants, this is a good one.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Laura G. on March 2, 2006
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I thoroughly enjoyed Sjogren's first foray into the more secular arena. His writing style is fun to read and easy to understand, but don't let that belie the wisdom in his ideas and words. His story is true and connects with a desire in all of us to be a better, kinder, more real person. I read the "dying to be a better neighbor" chapter on a plane and actually felt myself change in the way I interacted with the people I am normally so anxious to get away from- just a little bit of kindness and patience made the stress of traveling so much more enjoyable. Imagine what putting this wisdom to work in your daily life can do!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W.D.Watt on April 15, 2006
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The Day I Died was one of those books I could not put down. It inspired me on many levels, having been down some very challenging roads, none were even in the same ballpark as his. Steve's story of of living, dying, recovery, then even back into leadership again on top of it all, and the lessons learned about what really counts in life are above & beyond motivational. His experience is proof positive of what God & the human spirit is capable of.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bane on March 7, 2006
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I read this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down once I got started. Not only is it wonderfully written, but totally compelling and engrossing. I had to read the next chapter just to find out what was unfolding next in this real-life drama.

It is amazing what this author has been through. Just reading about his ordeal brought tears to my eyes over and over again. It seems like it could be a story of bitterness or brokeness at any moment, but it isn't. It is a message of hope, redemption and victory in the face of impossibility. I can't imagine a more inspirational story than The Day I Died for a person who finds himself or herself in the middle of some personal tragedy. It will not just lift your spirits; it will change your life.

Although it deals with the most serious questions of pain, life, death, and the afterlife it's no downer. The author is witty and often even funny about his experience. You really get the sense that he is opening himself to the reading audience. His vulnerability is refreshing and encouraging. Not only do I highly reccommend this book to anyone and everyone, but I bought copies just to give away. It's that good!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Bornus on May 26, 2006
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In this book, Sjogren states that he "died" and heard God's voice. He returns to life with a changed view of his priorities in regard to how he treats others, views his life, etc. Each chapter in the book is arranged by subjects (how his view of his work changed, his family, his wife, and so on.) These are insights that we all do well to think about.

The author does a great job describing what it's like to be severely injured and disabled, and learning to live and cope with major life-changes due to diminished health and physical ability. This would be a good book for those who have recently become disabled or had a traumatic injury, or for their friends/relatives. He also has strong views on the topic of living wills and the "right to die" movement.

However, he only spends about two pages mentioning the actual details of his encounter with God, what he saw while "dead," etc. When people see the title, "THE DAY I DIED," this is what they expect to read about. I was a little disappointed that he didn't tell more of what it was like to have this experience of God, and I suspect other readers would agree. Other Christians have related their near-death experiences in book-length accounts (see "90 Minutes in Heaven" by Don Piper, or "Return From Tomorrow" by George Ritchie.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Danielle D'Anjou on June 5, 2006
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Being in the medical field, I found this book completely captivating. Steve was so honest and bared his feelings in a way that caused me to reflect on where my life has taken me, and how I want to change the direction I am going.

A must read for everyone. It will inspire you to change, challenge you to grow, and acknowlege how quickly life can be altered. I will never be the same.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pitman on February 26, 2006
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If you are looking for a life-changing experience you will find it when you read "The Day I Died." Steve Sjogrens real life story of life after death is so inspiring that you will be captivated from start to finish. I literally could not put the book down. This is definitley the most vulnerable, authentic and compelling story I have ever read. It changed me! I saw issues that I face everyday and it made me want to be a better person and to believe that I could be.
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