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The Near-Death Experience: A Reader Paperback – June 6, 1996

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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 6, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415914310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415914314
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 24 essays and book excerpts in this volume provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary study of near-death experience (NDE), including cases and interpretations. Documentation of NDE goes back to the time of Plato and continues to stir public interest on talk shows as people connect by sharing their stories of "coming back from the edge of death." What has happened? Why is it not always a pleasant experience for all people? Why are there the same basic bird's-eye scenarios? Answers come from writers such as Raymond Moody and Betty Eadie, who focus on the spiritual nature of NDE. Carl Jung's psychology of the inner self, based on his NDE, is among the essays' highlights. Additional writings, such as the essay by Karl Jansen, focus on the role of chemicals the brain produces in times of crisis. Because the topic is popular, many libraries will already have the complete books by the authors included in this collection, recommending this for only the most comprehensive collections.?L. Kriz, West Des Moines Lib., Ia.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The 24 essays and book excerpts in this volume provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary study of near-death experience (NDE), including cases and interpretations.
Library Journal

... a good overview of the subject ... The Near-Death Experience has much to offer ... [This is] a valuable resource for courses on death and dying and on NDEs.
Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2001
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I read this book for my Anthropology of Death course. It is the best book that I have read for any of my classes. It looks at all aspects of death, it integrates different opions from doctors, psychologists, and other people who have had near death experiences. It discusses the stages of dying and the NDE. It was a great book. It gets you thinking about what could be beyond.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R. H. May on November 7, 2006
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I stumbled onto this book after losing my Mother. I didn't want to read just one author who might overload me with his own set of beliefs on the subject. I wanted a representative and reasonably objective overview of the subject, and that is just what this book delivers. It covers the full range from uplifting stories of light and love and ultimate understanding on the other side to academic essays on the cultural and religious significance of near death imagery. You get believers and nonbelievers, scientists and saints between the covers of this collection. I read the whole book and am rereading it now. For a skeptic who really wonders where her Mom is now, it is comforting and thought provoking without being saccharine or preachy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Curren VINE VOICE on November 10, 2006
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I became aware of this book after reading the book by Kevin Williams' called Nothing Better Than Death. Specifically the NDE by Mellen-Thomas Benedict. His NDE experience goes all the way back to the "big bang" of the physical universe. His NDE journey has many other interesting enlightening experiences along the way. I am glad I own a hard copy of this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KingLerxst on December 9, 2010
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I have read quite a few books about life after "death.." or the study of death.. even from the occult's point of view. What I love about this work is its lack of assertions.. or assumptions. The work is a recount/summary of other people's experiences, straight from their own books/works. It's interesting to read how some of these people were forced to experience the pain they'd inflicted on others throughout their "human life..." The book is humorous, entertaining, and simply a diary of people's afterlife experiences. From a non religious point of view, I like this book because the people state what they experienced. It's a very factual, matter of fact book, with some opinions interjected. I wanted the opinions, but I like that the author does not tell us "there is ______.. and this is why _____.. and here's what happens: ______" etc.. It's just a diary of people's accounts of "heaven.." or "hell.." however you want to look at it, along with how perhaps they changed their lives after returning to earth (after near death experiences). This book finally delivers what I was looking for regarding the after life: factual recounts from NDEs (Near Death Experiences). For those confused, the book is recount of Near Death Experiences.. some of the people quoted were "dead" for up to 1.5 hours and returned to life after "dying.."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria A. Simpson on August 16, 2013
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Lots of information that make a lot of sense. This book answered a lot of questions I had for many years. I no longer fear death.I'm better prepared to go, even though, I'm not ready yet.
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