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The Day I Died: An Unforgettable Story of Life After Death Paperback – Bargain Price, January 28, 2006

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

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"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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (January 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830738126
  • ASIN: B002KE5T3W
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan Wetmore on February 3, 2006
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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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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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I found this book extremely irritating. As many have mentioned, there is barely anything at all in here about what happened to the author when he died. There is, however, more than enough of how as a result of the incident, the author became even more amazing and Godly and impressed the heck out of everyone who saw him. Obviously, some people found it uplifting, but this book was a total waste of money for me, and for anyone looking to read about a near death experience. Too bad he couldn't have used his glimpse of the after life to actually reach people who would like to know more about it (like me), rather than talking on and on about how awesome he is. The author is obviously completely self-consumed and much, much less funny than he apparently imagines himself to be. I found it very off-putting.

Two particular irritating excerpts describe how he returns to his church on Easter Sunday to a standing ovation, and people gushing about how incredibly amazing and awestruck they were by his sermon. He says, "Before my Gardens appearance (not at all to be confused with or even slightly juxtaposed with Jesus' ultimate Garden appearance)..." Please. Then, he goes into a very, very long-winded description of some stupid video he put together about his experience, saying, "The bridge scene was side-splitting physical comedy". Yeah, I don't think so, judging by the play by play description. If you don't understand why I felt put off by those things, this is probably a book for you.
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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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Extremely disappointed in the author's narcissism. He goes on about how many and how big his churches have become, all his books he has for sale on Amazon, how great his marriage is, how people tell him he how he has just changed their lives for the better. Sadly, I found this short read (166 pages) to be simply shallow as he tout's all of his great accomplishments.
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While I learned more than I needed to know about incompetent doctors from small community hospitals who don't know the difference between ones belly button and the aorta (spoiler alert.) Most certainly more than I need to know about colostomy bags.
I was disappointed that Steverino gave so little verbiage to the actual "Day He Died." All the lessons he took from that Day are all fine and good. But, I bought a book about what happens when you die. Not how to live after a near death experience. Something that happens to very few of us!
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If you're hoping for a glimpse of what heaven is like a la "Heaven Is For Real", you won't find it here.
To sum it up, the author was (in his own estimation) a terrific person before his experience, but now he's even more wonderful.
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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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