- Paperback: 182 pages
- Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services (July 24, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1483415163
- ISBN-13: 978-1483415161
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,897,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When she writes of her father's sexual abuse, she's quite discreet so I wasn't triggered. (I have trauma background.) To have this fabulous writer write of both her NDE and healing from trauma was a blessing for me. I'm always looking to see how people heal from PTSD and/or childhood abuse as well as trying to understand why, given a loving God exists, there can be such pain and suffering in the world. She addresses these issues.
Though she describes a privileged world living in Paris and Italy and so on, it's just a beautiful façade. When a person is dying inside, it doesn't matter how gorgeous the world looks or how gorgeous the house you live in. It's a terrible dichotomy. Although, she seems often to have connected with the beauty of nature. Thank God there were at least those moments of loveliness.
What really slays me is how she wanted to be a writer early on, but her mother and father discouraged her, telling her she didn't have what it took. Ha!! To me, it's so clear she is brilliant and a brilliant writer, but I understand how you can be blind to your talents and intelligence when -- from an early age -- you are really kind of brainwashed into thinking and feeling you are inferior and "not enough" by the people who supposedly love you and know you better than anyone in the world.
I also appreciated that she continued to seek the Light in the years after her NDE and how she ultimately found ways to be daily more in touch with that fount of unconditional love. It's certainly a challenge once returned to the human condition.
I wish Lee Thornton wrote more books. I'd buy them in a second. Highly recommended.
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The story has all the subplots that make up the pieces of the puzzle that all come together in the end. She is part of a CIA husband-wife team in India, cajoling potential KGB defectors and dodging a kidnap attempt. She has her life flash before her in a plane crash. Then it really flashes before her when she almost dies and her conscious self leaves her body. Yet she tells no-one, out of humility and shame, about her real story until many years later. What made it so inspiring (even for me, who is a guy who never suffered her type of abuse and never had a near death experience)is that she manages to bring part of heaven down here to earth, without us having to die to experience it. And she does it honestly, including both her successes and failures along the way. I was moved to reread it, and discovered things I had not seen before. I can't remember reading a book this powerful and compelling for a long time, and one that made me feel better about life and humanity when I finished it.
We definitely will be recommending this book to our patients.
Charles L. Whitfield, MD Author of Healing the Child Within and Memory and
Barbara H. Whitfield, RT Author of Spiritual Awakenings and The Natural Soul