Death, NDE's, and What's the Meaning of Life? Dr. Jeffery Long Investigates
Jan 11, 2011
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Pros:Breathtaking Stories, Research, Compassion, Comforting, Page Turning
The Bottom Line: This is the most comprehensive look at NDE's that I've seen yet. A must read book.
Death. Its is inevitable. There's no getting around it, and it is a subject that has touched all of us who are living. The Led Zeppelin song "Your time is gonna come," could be an appropriate title for death, if it became a musical, and there's a difference of opinion of what it is. According to most I've talked to, its the stop of all brain activity. Yet do we have a consciousness or a soul, that goes somewhere else, when we die? I believe that we go to God, who's love is endless, based upon my spiritual feelings. While I do hope to live a long time, it is not my decision when my day will come, and this book reinforced my belief in that.
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In many ways, Dr. Jeffery Long's "Evidence of the Afterlife",brought great comfort. The existence of NDE's aka near death experiences, have been a topic among doctors and those of theological branches for years. A lot of doctors have stated that NDE's are nothing but the brain being depleted of oxygen, but I happen to believe otherwise. Yet other doctors, and medical professionals, have been blown away by patients experiences with NDE's. One of them is Dr. Long himself, who by profession is a oncologist, but has been studying NDE's for years. A lot of what he writes in this book, seems to ring true with what some hospice nurses have told me, and there were chills down my spine several times as the chapters were blown through at incredible speed.
Dr. Long created the Near Death Research Foundation. Through this effort, he has studied patients who have had NDE's, and tracked patterns, to establish if there's a link of medical death and an afterlife. While most of the NDE's listed here consist of a "bright light, a feeling of love, and happiness," I was astounded by some of the cases he's looked into. He strikes me as a compassionate, honest doctor, who's not into falling for false informaton or feel good stories," but rather a person who wants to look at these experiences through scientific research. For this he deserves credit, because while some might say he's "off his rocker," I think his love of people and taking what people have seen on the other side is remarkable.
He compares NDE's, and presents credible evidence to their existence. In his research, he analyzed patterns, and also incorporated people from all ages, faiths, and regions of the world. The NDE's do have the central theme previously mentioned, but I was astonished by how some folks who had these, talked about seeing and hearing things they couldn't possibly have known. There's an example of a lady seeing a shoe on top of the hospital roof, and describing it perfectly. A child seeing his grandmother whom he had never met or seen pictures of, and one case where a child came back, and talked about his sister who had died before he was born and had no idea of.
The case studies are simply fascinating. Some of the folks who have had NDE's, talk about how this experience changed them "for the better." Dr. Long has a group of NDE patients talk about their "new found faith, being able to connect with others with more kindness, and how some of them had abilities that they simply didn't have before." One of these, was a lady who died of a heart attack, and was revived after a long period of time. She was talking to her sister on the phone, who's husband had died a few years previous. For some reason, the NDE patient blurted out "yellow bubbles" to her sister. It turned out, that "yellow bubbles" was a phrase that her sister and brother-in-law, had devised to show that life after death was possible, if they could somehow communicate the message.
This is a well written book, and I have to say that Dr. Long doesn't sound clinical at all throughout it. In fact, he freely admits being touched by talking with those who've been through an NDE, but at the same time continues to incorporate appropriate methods to eliminate false results. He should be given a lot of credit for this, and for not scoffing at what patients experience, because some of the folks who have been through this were ridiculed by their physicians or in one case a nun. There is one woman who described seeing Jesus briefly, and I was shocked by the preponderance of those, who heard a voice that said "Its not your time yet, you have to return." Also, I was impressed by how some were given a choice.
If you've lost a loved one, this book will provide you comfort. Death is a subject that scares many, as I used to be afraid of it. Yet through faith, and talking to people in the hospice industry, along with this book, I feel better about it. Do I want to live until one hundred, so I can do something that I've always wanted to do, such as run by a sorority house naked? Of course! Yet, this book is one of the best that I've read in a long time. Its a book that will make you smile, laugh, and also cry. I fully recommend it, as its a book that is full of compassion, and a credible resource for the subject of Near Death Experiences.
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