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- Print Length: 201 pages
- Publication Date: May 15, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0083WGW7C
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I Saw God: The True Story of a Young Boy's Miraculous Return from Death Kindle Edition
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About the Author
A native of Ashland, Kentucky, Jim earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and spent his professional career as an Engineering Project Manager and Consultant in the steel industry.
The owner of Anderson Communications, Jim is also an award-winning portrait artist and an accomplished songwriter. He and his wife Cathy live in Ashland and have two sons, Matthew (Jamie) and David, and two grandchildren, Carter and Emarie.
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The book describes the hypnosis session -- at which the author was present -- in quite a bit of detail. Unfortunately, the hypnotist (a trained certified clinical hypnotist) did a lot of things that are "no-no's" in memory recovery. I'm comparing to a Texas criminal court case appellate opinion in which hypnosis was used to get an accurate drawing of an armed robber, and also the book Scientific Report on the Search for Bridey Murphy, which discusses hypnosis in detail. Both went into detail about the problems that can arise in memory recovery (conflation and confabulation) if the hypnotist uses poor techniques.
Hypnotized people are VERY susceptible to suggestion. Police trained to use hypnosis for memory recovery sit behind the subject so the subject can't see the questioner's body language, facial expressions, etc. They also speak in a fairly monotone voice, because vocal inflections can serve as keys. And most of all, NO leading questions!
THIS hypnotist REPEATEDLY used VERY leading questions, e.g.:
"[I see sheep in a field in Heaven]."
"Bill, do you see God?"
... "What does He look like?"
... "Is there a message from God? Is He speaking to you?"
[Billy is talking with Jesus.]
... "Can you ask Him if there's a purpose in your going back?"
... "Will God or Jesus heal you now?"
[Billy says he sees angels.]
... "Are they your Guardian Angels, then? Are these three angels your guardians in life?"
A major problem is that the use of these poor techniques leaves the book wide open to criticism that Bill may have unintentionally fabricated things in response to the suggestions of the hypnotist. I personally don't think he did, but that is a valid criticism that severely reduces the reliability of the "evidence".
Also, the book has ALMOST NOTHING about heaven. Billy felt he was traveling through a tunnel several times, he saw Jesus but really only focused on his face and doesn't remember that well (he was 5). He saw angels and what he thinks were sheep but no other people or animals. There was lots of music. In one place the sky was rainbow COLORED, NOT an actual rainbow. That's pretty much it regarding heaven.
I highly recommend the book My Time in Heaven by Richard Sigmund. Sigmund was dead for about 8 hours and his book has EXTENSIVE descriptions of heaven and there was no use of "memory recovery" techniques that are known to often produce distorted or false memories.