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Time To Believe: A Life and a Near-Death Experience Paperback – July 3, 2013
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About the Author
T. J. Owen lives with her husband in the beauty of the South West in the U.S. She retired after 40 years in the Aerospace Field.
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Part of me wants to say that I happened upon this book "accidentally", but after having my own spiritually transformative experiences throughout my life, I know that's not true. I truly believe God/The Creator/The Universe/The All/Whatever-Name-You-Want-to-Call-That-Which-Permeates-both-Heaven-and-Earth, both the Seen and the Unseen, led me to this book at this point in my life. One thing for certain, I do not feel like the same person I was before I began reading the book. Oh, my emotions are sure to remind me that I am, but something in my soul feels greatly altered.
I initially heard of T.J. Owen's NDE on NDERF.org. (It's a wonderful site for those who want to read the near-death experiences of others. The site also includes some other experiences such as After-Death Communications, etc.) I had gone to the site because I needed to find help to get me through living another day. (Life had become difficult over these past several years and this year was filled with traumas, illnesses, accidents, deaths, and most tragically a suicide of a very close family member a few years younger than me.) Everything else I had tried to help me through life these past several years wasn't working up to that point - and I've been in the Earth Realm a long time. Having come only a little bit close to Heaven a few times throughout my life, along with my own human drama, it has been a difficult journey a great deal of the time. I'd honestly began to believe that perhaps I was cursed and that no matter how hard I had tried to please God, it was always going to be a no-go for me in this world.
Being one who hasn't wanted to wallow in self-pity, I kept many things to myself. However, almost touching Heaven and continuing to live in what felt viscerally like a type of Hell had been getting more and more challenging as life progressed. I'd eventually learned that I had more compassion for others than my own self. I am sharing all of this not to vent or rant here but because it sets the stage for what took place once I began reading T.J. Owen's book. (While the NDERF.org site gives a wonderful account of her NDE, this book goes into so much more detail AND answered many questions I was left with after reading Mrs. Owen's account on the site.)
Honestly, when I first began reading the book I actually found myself screaming at the author. (Sorry, Mrs. Owen! It's not you. It's me, LOL!) I must say here that anyone who has experienced feeling like they were responsible for everyone else's happiness at the expense of their own life might be triggered, as was I, at reading the beginning of this book. However, I refused to let that stop me from reading the book. Instead, I actually found myself wanting to take my 16-year-old self (I'm way past that age now, LOL), put on my old tee shirt, pull on my old jeans, change into my old sneakers...oh...and take off my feather earrings, and go out and box with more than a few of the people in this book. (Yeah, growing up I was often the one who felt I needed to protect those whom I felt were being taken advantage of, the "underdogs", etc. It never really left me but transformed itself.) When I realized I wanted to do this in the book (as in my mind I was now a character in the book), I had a really good laugh. These days I'm lucky that I can bend over and feed my cat, LOL. But...that's how triggering this book was for me initially. Yet...this was truly a very, very, blessed event, because I hadn't initially realized that I was being triggered because I related to many things the author was sharing about herself in the first part of the book. I was then even more determined to read the rest of the book. And I'm so glad...no...blessed...that I continued to read it.
T.J. Owen's experience takes you on an amazing journey. From hell to hope to HEAVEN!!! Her honesty, her allowing herself to be vulnerable and share her experience(s) with us truly, deeply, touched me. I not only learned so many wonderful things about God and Heaven, but so much about myself and even others. This book was truly, deeply a very viscerally profound experience for me. I am not only recommending it to others, I'm also purchasing it for those I know will really appreciate it. As well, besides the Kindle version, I'm planning on owning the physical book.
Thanks for letting me share all this in this review and blessings to all!
Don't be turned off by the title. The "Believe" doesn't refer to religion. Spoil alert: This book starts with a girl on the cusp of womanhood who is not so self-assured, she is fearful, confused, not religious but working to head out into the world on her own terms when a life and death, traumatic event turns everything around. While older, authoritarian men try to persuade her to save her own life she listens to "other voices" that tell her to wait and hang on. Fighting trauma, fear, terrible pain and confusion she experiences a dramatic and unusual Near-Death Experience that sends her reeling but the story doesn't end there. With her life changed she finds her path, the truth about love and tremendous courage in the face of grief and tragedy: tossing fear aside in the process. This is an every day, ordinary woman who wrote this book. She is not a writer, a Pastor, a Doctor, Medium or a Pastor dad writing about his kid's experience at three years old. She writes simply with honesty, courage and a dollop of humor about her experiences. I'm happy she did.
In a simple and non peaching way this woman has uplifting commentary on how the human spirit can grow because we are all connected. This read amazed and lifted my spirits. With a little polish this book could be a great success; as the forward written by a published author and expert in Near-Death Experience research remarks this could turn out to be the amazing novel he speaks of.
Let the readers find you T. J. Owen and I'll be waiting to shake your hand!
If you find this book give it a chance and at least read the forward then go on from there and make up your own mind. You won't regret it.