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Return from Tomorrow: A Psychiatrist Describes His Own Revealing Experience on the Other Side of Death Hardcover – July 1, 1978

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At the age of twenty, George Ritchie died in an army hospital. Nine minutes later, he returned to life. What happened to him during those minutes was so compelling, it changed his life forever.

In Return from Tomorrow, he tells of his out-of-the-body encounter with other nonphysical beings, his travel through different dimensions of time and space, and ultimately, his transforming meeting with the Light of the world, the Son of God.

Ritchie's amazing experience not only altered his view of eternity-it has since directed and governed his entire life. One of the most startling and hopeful descriptions of the realm beyond, Return from Tomorrow may change your life for the better, too! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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George G. Ritchie, M.D., has held positions as president of the Richmond Academy of General Practice; chairman of the Department of Psychiatry of Towers Hospital; and founder and president of the Universal Youth Corps, Inc. He lives in Virginia. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Chosen Books (July 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912376236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912376233
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jackie St. Hilaire VINE VOICE on January 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am very grateful that I came across this book and this author's story. It gives me great joy to hear of someone who has also encountered Jesus and has gone through the emotional, spiritual and mental journey that this experience made us travel. I wouldn't give up the experience even though it did cause much anxiety to my family and myself.

I experienced a near death experience in May of 1974 at the age of 32. Like the author, I was a little fearful to share this experience because nobody that I knew had ever shared this type of experience.

In 1975 our family was fortunate to be able to buy a Christian Book Shop and this is where I was able to come across some literature on my experience. Of course the great mystical saints like St. Theresa of Avila: God Alone Suffices, The Collected Works of Saint John of the Crosswrote many books on their mystical experiences with Jesus. Discovering Dr. Raymond Moody's book "Life After Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon--Survival of Bodily Death" was the greatest comfort for me at that time.

In reading Return from Tomorrow, what is the most helpful is that with all the turmoil the author experienced he realized that love is the greatest of the gifts and it seems the message is the same in many cases, including my own experience.

It is a "tall" order, it sounds so simple and the message is simple but the "ego" gets in the way and at times our self-centeredness comes forward.
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I just received my copy of this book today, and I've already finished reading it - a testament to just how good it is. I honestly couldn't put it down!

In "Return From Tomorrow", George Ritchie describes his near-death experience - his glimpses of the self-imposed levels of hell, as well as the beauty inherent in the various levels of Heaven. He makes clear that God & Jesus are pure love, and that there is no such thing as being sentenced to a firey Hell. The Hells we experience are of our own making - by holding onto negative feelings such as hate & prejudice.

This book rang true for me, but we all must decide for ourselves what the "truth" really is.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in near-death experiences, the spiritual realms, &/or spirituality in general.
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_I had heard of Dr. Ritchie and read exerts from this book for years before I finally got around to reading it myself. I am glad that I did, for it is a joy to read. My edition has an introduction by pioneering NDE researcher Dr. Raymond A. Moody, where he describes Ritchie's experience as one of the three or four most interesting and well-documented cases out of the thousands that he has studied. In fact, he reveals that it was this experience that first attracted his attention to the phenomenon as a young philosophy student.

_This is a classic account of the near death experience. It happened, and was later published, long before such experiences were publicized in the popular media. All the key elements are here: out-of-the-body travel, the being of light, the life review, spirits of different evolutionary development finding their own "level" with like spirits, the city of light, his disappointment after returning, etc. The "real world" verifications are especially striking, such as Ritchie recognizing that he was in Vicksburg, Mississippi during his out of body experience.

_Yes, the author has a strong Christian perspective, but it is of the best, most open-minded sort. He mentions finding the spirit of Christ in people of all races and religions. I couldn't help note that from the account it is the author that states that the being that he encountered was Jesus - not the being itself. It was obviously a manifestation of the Christ in its most pure, classical nature. However, it is clear to me that such a manifestation of living light from the Source could have also been labeled Apollo or Phanes, depending upon the experiencer's background. In any case, any cultural colorations and additions are in the latter part of the account and can be easily recognized.
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I found the book in 1982 and found it to be a powerful, facinating encounter of one man with Jesus Christ. If there is a God - he must be the way Ritchie described Him. I have lived in a religious environment all my life, and have reached out to God all my life. Ritchie's testimony comforted me greatly when I lost my wife suddenly in 1989.
Here was a man who still lives today and who had met Him - in our times; it was not someone from another age thousands of years ago.

Because the book helped me understand God's burning love for us, I have bought and given out over 75 copies of the book to others, and still do especially to those who had lost loved ones. This included my sister in Germany, where I found the book in a bookstore in Kassel, Germany - translated in German.

I am now reading both. All my family has read it. And many to whom I gave the book, in turn passed it on or bought additional copies for others.

I have also read Ritchie's second book "My Life Since Dying". The books are not just sitting on my book shelf: Periodically I read sections again to remind me of my purpose in life. "Return From Tomorrow" was very engagingly written (with the help of it's editor). The utterly fascinating story gradually overcame my usual pessimism and caution that I project when reading anyone's story of having an encounter with God.

This story was definetely different and most believable.
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