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Books About Near-Death Experiences (NDEs)

These books about near-death experiences (NDEs) can really help someone who is looking into the questions of what happens when we die. They give descriptions of the near-death experiences of a great many different people, which helps a lot to make them seem like they must be real, since they happen to so many people.

If you are new to this kind of stuff, at first it can seem like some of these experiences are too far out to be real. If you keep on reading about them, though, your mind is likely to start to concede that it would be extremely difficult for so many accounts like these to just be some kind of hoax, or even a figment of people's imagination. (The question of the authenticity of the experiences is also addressed in the books).

Proof of Life After Death?

Many people consider that the phenomenon of near-death experiences constitute proof that there is life after death. Some other people are skeptical of this. I will discuss this issue separately on another page on this website in the near future. The authors of the four near-death experience (NDE) books I have selected for this page are all from scientific and/or medical backgrounds (three of them being medical doctors and the fourth a professor emeritus of psychology) and consider this question on the basis of what they have actually seen and heard and experienced with actual patients.

NDEs Are a Whole New Field of Study

It is certainly true that many aspects of a "spiritual life" have been made less of a priority to people in modern society than they were in ancient times (or even in pre-oil times like 100 years ago). However, the field of near-death experiences (NDEs) is one area that has greatly benefited from modern science and medical technology. Most of the people giving their near-death experience (NDE) stories were, for a period of time, "dead enough" that they would have been considered dead by most of the different ways that people use to define death. In fact many of these people would have been defined as dead by every possible definition of death, except for the final one — never waking up again, since all of them have come back from the edge (at least for a while) to tell their story. If they had gone through these experiences before the last few decades, most of these people would have remained dead — since it is only due to recent advances in medicine (say since the 1960s or 70s) that we have had the means to bring these people back from the brink of death, to tell us about what they experienced as they were dying.

Because of this, in many ways the study of near-death experiences is a genuinely new field of study. And one that was not available to religious and/or spiritual people in the past who (as some people believe) received visions and inspirations from divine sources such as God or the angels. I believe that there is a great amount that we can learn from these people's near-death experiences.



Near Death Experiences (NDEs) - Life After Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon - Survival of Bodily Death, Raymond A. Jr. Moody. Life After Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon - Survival of Bodily Death, Dr. Raymond A. Moody, Jr. This is the first major book published about near-death experiences. The original version came out in 1975, and by 2001 when the 25th anniversary edition was published it had already sold over 13 million copies. There are reasons for this large number of sales, and I recommend this as the first book about NDEs to get.

One thing that I like about it (and a reason why I think it's a good book to read first) is that Dr. Moody is writing it as if it is a new field of learning. Since, when he wrote it, it was a new field of learning, that had never really been researched before in scientific detail. This feeling of discovering a new area of learning, and the questioning that goes with that (like "could this really be real", "does this really mean there is life after death", etc.) is something that I felt myself as I first started to study NDEs. So I felt like I was kind of in the same place as the author was when he was writing the book.

Raymond Moody presents the facts, and adds his opinions to them to some extent, but he makes it clear which is which. He says that the evidence he has seen (and that he is writing about) does not constitute a scientific proof that there is life after death, and leaves the reader to draw their own opinions from what they read. This is another reason why it's a good book to read first if you are new to this kind of stuff, since there isn't anything that is so far out that your mind will automatically put it into the category of "not really possible according to modern science".

Also, the book is written in a way that is very easy to read, and (being the shortest of the NDE books on this page) its not so long that it takes a massive effort to get through it.

He compares what his patients have told him about with a few other (greatly varied) sources of information, mostly from ancient times. In particular, he says about the Tibetan Book of the Dead that "the correspondence between the early stages of death to which it relates and those which have been recounted to me by those who have come near to death is nothing short of fantastic". He also discusses where life after death is mentioned in the Bible (it is actually not described in detail that much at all, especially in the Old Testament), and says that the brief accounts given do compare well with what his patients have told him.

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Near Death Experiences (NDEs) - Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences, Jeffrey Long. Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences, Dr. Jeffrey Long. Full review coming soon.

This is advertised as "The largest NDE study ever conducted reveals proof of life after death", and also as "The first near-death experience research to be based on a large-scale database of testimonies". Dr Long presents and interprets evidence from his database of (at least) 1600 NDE accounts.

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Near Death Experiences (NDEs) - Into the Light: Real Life Stories about Angelic Visits, Visions of the Afterlife, and Other Pre-Death Experiences, Dr. John Lerma. Into the Light: Real Life Stories about Angelic Visits, Visions of the Afterlife, and Other Pre-Death Experiences, Dr. John Lerma. Full review coming soon.

This is my personal favourite of the near-death experience (NDE) books I have read. It's also the most Christian-biased, so be aware of this if it is likely to put you off. It's absolutely not a judgemental "believe or burn" hellfire-type of Christianity, though — in fact so much the opposite that I'm pretty sure a lot of the hardcore old-school fundamentalist types would disagree with it and claim that God could not really be that gentle, loving, and forgiving.

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Near Death Experiences (NDEs) - Lessons from the Light: What We Can Learn from the Near-Death Experience, Kenneth Ring and Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino. Lessons from the Light: What We Can Learn from the Near-Death Experience, Kenneth Ring and Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino. Full review coming soon.

Kenneth Ring is one of the leading figures in the study of NDEs. He has written several books. This one is specifically about what ordinary people (who have not had an NDE) can learn from the near-death experiences of others.

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Near Death Experiences (NDEs) - The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche. Full review coming soon.

This is, among other things, an interpretation of the ancient classic "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" meant for Westerners who do not have the Buddhist cultural and religious background that is (so some people say) necessary to make sense of it. It gives far more detailed descriptions of exactly what happens (according to the book) when we die than anything else that I have seen. It's a long book, not one to read from front to back unless you are very keen. There is a chapter on near-death experiences. The four "bardos" are described in detail, which I think is really interesting.

You don't need to be a Buddhist, Sogyal explains that during the process of dying you can pray to Jesus or the Virgin Mary, rather than Buddhist deities, if you are a Westerner.

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