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Transformed By The Light: The Powerful Effect Of Near-death Experiences On People's Lives Mass Market Paperback – December 29, 1993

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"Powerful enough to fascinate even the most ardent skeptic and raise goosebumps on the arms of the believer...Profound."
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Written by bestselling authors Dr. Melvin Morse and Paul Perry, TRANSFORMED BY THE LIGHT proves that those who return from the brink of death are profoundly changed for the better--spiritually and physically--for the rest of their lives, and that these documented changes provide deeper peace and understanding for all who come in contact with them. Inspirational and deeply compassionate, this book will change the way you think about the mysteries of life and death.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books (December 29, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804111839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804111836
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,387,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on December 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've read many books on Near Death experiences over the years. In fact, I have over twenty of them on the bookcase beside me as I write this. Yet, I keep coming back to this one volume (I believe that this is the third time that I've reread it.) The reason for this is that it is the most "scientific" of the studies available to the general reading public. One would expect this of a book written by a practicing medical doctor. It is scientific, yet it is objective- this is no deconstructionist hatchet job. It is a true research study conducted with impressive thoroughness. The results are presented in the text in non-technical, non-statistical language, though the full paper with all the statistical results is included in the appendix.
First of all, this Transformations study takes the existence of NDE's as a proven fact. The author's previous research with the near death experiences of children left no doubt as to that (see his_Closer to the Light_.) This book deals with the lasting, measurable effects of the near death experience on people who experienced it in childhood (less of a chance of popular culture contamination.) A comprehensive battery of tests were applied to both NDE survivors and control groups (Ellsworth Profile of Adaptation of Life Survey, Greyson Value Survey, Greyson Near-Death Experience Validity Scale, Templer Death Anxiety Scale, Reker-Peacock life Attitude Profile, Greyson Negative Near Death Experience Survey, Neppe Subjective Paranormal Events Questionnaire, Neppe Temporal Lobe Sensitivity Inventory, Etc.) In addition, the participants complete medical and psychiatric histories were examined, as was a survey of their complete lifestyle and personal history. This was a very comprehensive in-depth study of a type not attempted before or since.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Do not buy this book. The author is a psychopath who had everyone fooled for a while. He is on trial right now for horrific abuse against this child. Here is an example from one article discussing the court papers:

"On one occasion Morse even threatened he 'was going to wrap her in a blanket and do it so that she could not move'. Another time he allegedly told her she 'could go five minutes without brain damage'.
"The girl added that Morse would 'sometimes look away while he did it and would become afraid that he would lose track of time and she would die'.
"After the alleged torture, she would 'go outside and cry', but Morse would come outside and hold her nose and mouth with his hand, according to court documents.
"'He would tell her she was lucky he did not use duct tape,' police noted. 'He would not let go until she lost feeling and collapsed to the ground.'
"The girl added that she never knew what she had done to be punished and felt frightened."

Psychopaths walk among us, my friends. They can be your minister, your favorite author, and yes, your pediatrician.

Do not patronize this pig! Do not buy his book.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MISTER SJEM on November 14, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was raised Catholic but by my teens had some serious doubts about the afterlife. As most of my friends agreed (they wanted tangible evidence) and the opposition disagreed (they didn't need tangible evidence), it was always a standstill type of argument.
After a few people died in my life though, I felt that the issue wasn't satisfying enough. So, I started to do some research not related to the Catholic Church, as the people I knew had convictions and didn't want to discuss WHAT IF questions.
What was great about this book were several things:
(1) He mentioned he did an NDE on children and retold over a hundred stories; I found it less likely children would be able to make stories up on the spot;
(2) No one has stepped forward to debunk the author so he must have at least got his evidence together correctly; and
(3) The NDEs were, again, over a hundred people, retelling their personal tales. They were from all over the USA with different backgrounds . .. and they had similiar experiences of seeing a light and feeling comforted and getting in touch with loved ones who had passed on.
So, this book has been the first step in helping me believe there is something after death, and I feel a lot better for it. For those who want something more heavy duty, you can also check out John Edward's CROSSING OVER, which airs every weekday in the mid afternoon. No one has really debunked that guy either so there has to be more to life than just death and oblivion.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By cougs@owt.com on August 9, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. A Seattle pediatrician reports on the near-death experiences of children he has treated. As one child explained, she didn't know who the person in the light was; she thought it was Santa Claus. Dr. Morris writes from a non-religious standpoint by including explanations by Stephen Hawking. The scientific explanations indirectly confirmed my faith.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David M. Epstein on August 12, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I haven't read his books on near-death experiences of children. But it's worth noting that Dr. Morse has been arrested (as of Aug 9, 2012) for "waterboarding" his daughter repeatedly over two years, as a method of punishment. He has a prior history of arrests involving child maltreatment, according to Delaware's local newspaper.
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