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"Danison presents an account of spiritual beliefs gleaned from her near-death experience. At 43, Danison (Backwards Guidebook, 2009, etc.) died shortly before an operation. After a brief period where her heart stopped due to anaphylactic shock or hypoglycemia, she spontaneously revived. During the time that she was dead, however, Danison experienced a series of profound visions that would dramatically influence the rest of her life. In her third book concerning near-death experiences, the author sets out to compare the spiritual truths she learned during the experience with ideas from organized religion. She describes realizing or remembering truths about the universe, witnessing the Big Bang and understanding that beings are not truly individuals but manifestations of God. The book describes Danison s experiences in simplistic prose using New Age terms, referring to her experiences as knowings, God as the Source and those in the afterlife as Light Beings. Throughout her near-death experience, Danison realized that humans never learned Christian dogma and teachings from the Source. Instead, they constructed religious ideas and the concept of a messiah who will lead them back to the divine and out of fear and an inability to understand that humans are the Source they exist as thoughts and fragments of the Source s consciousness. The book provides typical apocalyptic warnings, describing a transitional period beginning around 2013 that involves natural disasters, mass pandemics and flooding. Disappointingly, the book doesn t provide a very complex investigation of near-death experiences and religion, instead skimming over the basic history of Christianity and comparing it to Danison s experience, such as her witnessing the evolution of Christianity from early disjointed groups. Likewise, while Danison s visions may theoretically have been hallucinations, the book presents them as physical and spiritual truths. Readers interested in near-death experiences may find the book compelling for its depiction of reality, but those who don t accept Danison s experience at face value will struggle with the text. Too narrow in scope to provide a legitimate comparison between near-death experiences and organized Christianity."
"What a fascinating and disturbing book (in a good way)." -- Editor, FATE Magazine
At age 43, the author had a near death experience. During prep for surgery, her blood pressure suddenly dropped to nothing, her heart stopped, and she left her body. What she experienced changed her life.
In Backwards Beliefs, the author looks at the myths and truths surrounding religion and spirituality. During her NDE, she learned much about the creation of our universe and about our purpose here. Upon reflection, she was surprised at how much of what she had been previously taught had been misinterpreted or manipulated by people.
Depending upon your perspective, this book may have a number of surprising revelations. However, the conversation that attracted my attention was one looking at the nature of the human body. At one point, the author stated outright, we are not human beings, we are merely borrowing this shell for a time to experience what it is like to be a human. Essentially, this follows the notion that we are spiritual beings but with resounding clarity. --Tami Brady
Following a near-death experience, the author presents the history of human religion, the role of religious messengers, the origins of Christian churches, renowned Bible scholars' research, and how eternal truths became hidden in human beliefs. --Publishers Weekly, October 17, 2011
"During a near-death experience, Danison connected with Source (her term for a universal spirit in which all of creation resides) and viewed the entirety of human religious history. Additionally, she came to realize the ways her Judeo-Christian upbringing misled her and how people use organized religion for personal gain. Danison conveys a message of universal love and hope, and encourages readers to abandon any fear of death and be skeptical of people using religion to advance nonspiritual agendas or claim exclusive license over the truth. She also provides a summary of the evolution of the Judeo-Christian tradition to highlight where humanity has erred in the path from universal truth. Her insights come across as harmless and well-meaning, and while readers may be skeptical about near-death experiences and comprehensive instantaneous knowledge of the universe after death, her points about universal love and good works are positive. However, readers will find her credibility strained when she begins predicting future events.
- Publishers Weekly Review
October 17, 2011
"At age 43, the author had a near death experience. During prep for surgery, her blood pressure suddenly dropped to nothing, her heart stopped, adn she left her body. What she experienced changed her life.
In Backwards Beliefs, the author looks at the myths and truths surrounding religion and spirituality. During her NDE, she learned much about the creation of our universe and about our purpose here. Upon reflection, she was surprised at how much of what she had been previously taught had been misinterpreted or manipulated by people.Depending upon your perspective, this book may have a number of surprising revelations. However, the conversation that attracted my attention was one looking at the nature of the human body. At one point, the author stated outright, we are not human beings, we are merely borrowing this shell for a time to experience what it is like to be a human. Essentially, this follows the notion that we are spiritual beings but with resounding clarity."
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- Publisher : A P Lee & Co (November 15, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 181 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1934482102
- ISBN-13 : 978-1934482100
- Item Weight : 14.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 0.75 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #666,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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have realized that everyone's journey is just that, very individualized. Everyone has special information that they bring with them either before they incarnate or even after a near death experience like Ms Danison. Having said that, because of my own work and background in life between lives, even information that is coming from the Higher Realms through a current human filter, if you will, is not applicable to all beings. Personally these books were not for me, but perhaps others might find just the trigger that they have been looking for to help them confirm their own inner knowings and truths. I purchased all three books after watching an interview with Ms Danison and Bob Olson on AfterliveTV.com. The interview was intriguing but the books simply were not my truths and higher knowings, but I want to thank Ms Danison for writing so that I could have the experience of reading them. They may speak perfectly to someone else's truths. Namaste Ms Danison
across. This is #3 in a set of 3 books and by far the most enjoyable as she explains more about the whole thing of God and religions how they are a man made concept, which is something I have known for a long time now. Well worth a read to open up your mind and
learn something totally worthwhile.
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Much of the first three chapters is devoted to the metaphysics previously described in the first two of Nanci's Backwards books. However these chapters are not simply a rehash of what was stated in the previous books. They give an extremely compelling and more extensive and elaborately detailed account of the true nature of reality from different perspective levels, including most intriguingly that of source. Whilst incorporating the concepts already outlined in the first two Backwards books it provides further elucidation and clarity on a number of points. Using two reference frames; her own perspective as she was merging into source, and the perspective of source itself, the chapters narrative gives what I would consider the most meaningful, comprehensible and mind blowing account of the true nature of reality and the ultimate nature of us, the souls currently inhabiting human animals, written thus far. From my personal point of view this was a much valued complement to what was written in the first two books on this particular topic area, helping to elucidate points which weren't quite clear to me at the time, and removing my consternation over areas that previously appeared to me to be slightly open to interpretation. Certain things really started to make sense for me in a manner not attained prior to reading this latest book. To me this was the best demonstration yet of the author's ability to get across conceptually tricky ideas in a manner that can be readily assimilated and understood by virtually any reader. These initial chapters really did grip me, and despite having the first two books, blew my mind all over again, but even more so than before. I felt the first three chapters were easily worth the price of the book in themselves. In fact if I had literally received a book containing just these chapters alone I would not have felt short changed in the least!
After these initial chapters the main theme of the book starts; the history of religion remembered from an afterlife documentary the author witnessed during her near death experience. This is where the fun really starts! Even from the point of view of someone like me, a person completely detached from the religious connotations or significance of the bible with a mere assumption of some degree of historical accuracy within the text, there were shocking revelations in store upon reading what Nanci learned in her afterlife documentary. I won't say too much so as not to spoil it for prospective readers but suffice to say it will likely raise a few eyebrows. Mine certainly rose a number of times!
It is this aspect of the book which will inevitably cause some disquiet amongst readers of particular religious persuasions, and I have a feeling that Nanci is going to cop it a bit from some people who read this latest book of hers. This is something I am sure the author was acutely aware of before publishing, which makes the book quite a courageous venture on her part. However Nanci strikes an excellent balance between pointing out both the good and the bad aspects of religion, and consistently refrains from presenting an unfairly biased picture in either respect. This book is not by any measure a Richard Dawkins style all-out blitzkrieg of religious people, but a measured and balanced response to her distress at seeing how religions have got so many fundamental teachings wrong, or more to the point completely backwards, relative to the real truths that she accessed on the other side. The emphasis is squarely on doctrinal issues without resort to character assassinations of religious people, and is expressed in the least inflammatory way possible short of watering down her core message. She seeks common ground wherever possible between religions and what she learned in the afterlife, and downplays the alleged antagonism between religion and science. A good example of this latter point is the creation/evolution debate. Whilst Nanci confirms that evolution is a fact she also maintains there are elements of truth from the creationists side of the debate also. It turns out in fact that evolution bears very little resemblance to the materialist reductionist beliefs espoused by the likes of Richard Dawkins. In fact the `maverick' British biologist Rupert Sheldrake appears to be more on the right track based on what I read of Nanci's account of evolution and how it really works. Chemical and biological processes are apparently only part of the story!
It goes against my nature to be entirely positive about something, as I probably enjoy dishing out a bit of criticism wherever I can. However I had a bit of a struggle on my hands with this one. The best I can come up with is that this is a somewhat short book. I actually managed to read most of it the day I received it in the post, and the rest the following morning. Whilst this is in large part down to the fact the book was so engrossing that I found it hard to put it down, I have to admit I have read longer books. To be fair though I'm not sure this is a genuine criticism. The book appears to lack nothing, and is succinct mostly due to the zero waffle approach of the author. As a result Nanci manages to pack quite a substantial amount of information into the pages. Also everything is well explained and the range of topic areas covered is appreciable and appropriate to the basic aims of the book. One just wishes the much pleasurable experience of reading it would carry on for longer, but it could always be read again sometime I suppose. I might start again tomorrow.
Reading this book is probably the most mind-bending experience one can have without violating the Controlled Substance Act!