- Paperback: 116 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1468004700
- ISBN-13: 978-1468004700
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In the past year I have read at least 20 NDE books by everyone on in the field. There is an American fascination with 'proof' of life after death, You can see it in the rather bizarre Ghost hunting reality tv shows to the proliferation of every manner of NDE book or New Age / traditional spiritualist medium and psychic. Traditional religions have always promised an afterlife, usually after living a good life within the precepts or faith of said faith. Still outside of the mystical visions of a few Saints or Holy Men, the NDE is `Unknown County' to Traditional religions.
Raymond Moody's books try to take an objective medical approach to the experience; some NDE books are travel-logs of heaven; details of crystal cities, indescribable colors and sounds, spirit beings, angels or communication with God or Jesus. Most NDE experiencer's come back with a message that we are all truly loved, created by God and need to tell us that we are all, `very truly one.'
Some of the Christian NDE's see their experience as a validation of Christianity.
Anita Moorjani, a Hindu in Dying To Be Me saw, her NDE as a strictly spiritual experience. While millions of people world-wide have had NDE's, (there is even a scale or list of common NDE elements,) the fact is the vast majority of people will never have an NDE.
Other than the fact that almost all NDE'ers has a positive experience, (Hellish experiences seem to be confined to be confined to those that believe in hell), the question remains, "What do they mean?"
The three things I have been able to pull out of all the NDE books I have read are:
1. Some people go deeply into the NDE, yet never crossing into heaven or the afterlife and are sent back with a `mission.' That seems to be the gist of the Danion Brinkley books.
2. Almost every NDE book describes the realization that we are all loved, all created by God, and we are all part of a 'fabric of life, time, love, hope, family, time and creation that is indivisible and eternal.' Some NDE'ers have seen past or future lives, some have not.
3. Most of those that are sent back are stopped at a line, by a loved one they know are someone in their family tree, and told that "it is not your time" and have to return to their body. These NDE's seem to be the most common if you look at You-Tube. Yet every NDE changes the life the experiencer once they return. They are not afraid of death, reluctant to share their experience for fear of ridicule by medical professionals or the clergy, and yet are profoundly changed in the way they see life and treat people.
That to me seems to be the most important message of the NDE phenomena; if you have seen the promised land, then you live your life to the fullest. Kindness and love become a way of life. Hope and faith is replaced with knowledge and assurance.
Kim Justus in her book, In A Flash, is about an NDE plus a life. If you are looking for details about Crystal Cities, or Spirit guides you will not find it here. But her death and NDE are fascinating in that a beloved Grandfather that had passed-on, is the one that tells her she has to return to her body. This Grandfather figures prominently later in the book. As Kim lives her life to the fullest, she come to find out more and detail about this man, his life, often in miraculous ways. More importantly Kim was open to `big miracles in small places.' Kim's involvement in the story of Tom and Bob is an impossible series of coincidences that bring healing to father and son that is more important than the type of music playing in heaven or the color of the flowers or the names of your Guardian Angels.
Kim is very candid about her early wild life, drinking, drugs, ambition and money that so often blind us when we are young. Truth be told, Kim did come back with a mission; the Brain Aneurysm that almost killed her, lead her to seek out others that have survived the condition and work with a foundation to help those suffering from the condition and the after effects.
It you want to read about and NDE, plus a life, I highly recommend In A Flash.
Kim was an intelligent, confident, focussed, determined, successful, and talented young woman who enjoyed life to the full, when, in a car on the way to a business meeting, she suddenly felt indescribably ill. Her condition was initially misdiagnosed, but it was eventually discovered that Kim had an aneurysm. The rate of survival of this is slightly over 50%; however, the full recovery percentage of those who do survive is under 50%. Kim was one of the lucky ones and she bravely shares her experiences in this book.
I felt while reading this that her trials must have been very difficult to write about - against many odds, Kim survived a highly risky brain operation and her recovery was tough and challenging to say the least. The physical and mental after-effects of her ordeal make it very hard for her to write - the details of these are explained. It's important not to forget too how emotional the journey must have been - for her, especially, and how devastating the effects of her touch-and-go path to recovery must have been on her close friends and family. However, determination and resolution accompany her on her quest to leading as near normal a life as possible. Never once is there a trace of self-pity. You cannot fail to be awed by Kim's unwavering ambition to succeed, despite her post-operative marriage sadly failing and later, the loss of a dear friend to cancer. Kim's strength is quite extraordinary - she asks herself, as many of us must do sometimes - why am I still alive, why did I survive, when someone, like her dear late friend who was kind, selfless and almost flawless, did not.
Kim believes `divine intervention' played a key part in her survival and talks at length about her faith in God (or perception of God) and how she believes He helped her through her gruelling ordeal. I am one of those people who attribute such `miracles' to science and medicine along with a very large helping of luck. What I believe, however, is immaterial. Kim had and has infinite fortitude, strength and perseverance and after reading her book, I realise it's not for me to question from where or whom she garners those qualities.
Kim's account of her `nightmare' is compellingly written. She is truly an inspirational lady - and just in case anyone was disconcerted by the past tense in "Kim was an intelligent, confident, focussed, determined, successful, and talented young woman who enjoys life to the full", I should just emphasise that she still is. Very definitely.