NDE Recommended Reading
Looking for near-death experience stories and research? The books below are only a handful of what’s available, but each is well worth a peek at if you’re interested in expanding your understanding of NDEs.
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Author: Dr. Penny Sartori
Dr. Penny Sartori is a registered nurse who began researching Near Death Experiences (NDEs) in 1995 after one of her long-term intensive care patients begged her to let him die in peace. The event shook her deeply and eventually led her to enroll in a PhD program to research NDEs. The findings, along with the profound spiritual lessons that she has gleaned from her work, are published here.
When asked about the biggest takeaway from her research, Dr. Sartori says, “In medicine, we’re trained to believe that the brain gives rise to consciousness. My research into NDEs has made me question this prevailing paradigm, which admittedly is very widespread. The most important lesson for me has been a deeper appreciation for death and a whole lot less fear and anxiety about it.”
Authors: Janice Miner Holden, Bruce Greyson, Debbie James
Experts from around the world share the history and current state of near-death experience (NDE) knowledge. They explore controversies in the field, offer stories from their research, and express their hopes for the future of investigation into this fascinating phenomenon.
As modern medical techniques for resuscitation advance, NDEs are more frequently reported. These include more than the popular notions of moving through a tunnel or seeing a light. They also include people, once revived, knowing things their knowledge of which can’t currently be explained. As The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation makes clear, great controversy exists in the medical and psychological fields concerning NDEs. Are they caused by physiological changes in the brain, or are they biological reactions to oxygen loss or impending death? Are they a product of changing states of consciousness? Or are they caused by something else altogether? All of these ideas and more are discussed in this unique and comprehensive volume.
Author: Raymond Moody
Raymond Moody is the “father” of the modern NDE (Near Death Experience) movement, and his pioneering work Life After Life transformed the world, revolutionizing the way we think about death and what lies beyond. Originally published in 1975, it is the groundbreaking study of one hundred people who experienced “clinical death” and were revived, and who tell, in their own words, what lies beyond death.
A smash bestseller that has sold more than thirteen million copies around the globe, Life After Life introduced us to concepts—including the bright light, the tunnel, the presence of loved ones waiting on the other side—that have become cultural memes today, and paved the way for modern bestsellers by Eben Alexander, Todd Burpo, Mary Neal, and Betty Eadie that have shaped countless readers notions about the end life and the meaning of death.
Authors: Raymond Moody, Paul Perry
In this ground-breaking book, Raymond Moody, Jr., M.D. PhD, named the “father of near-death experiences” by The New York Times, explores the provocative subject of “shared death experiences,” the compelling evidence that many people share their loved ones journey from this life to the next. Dr Moody’s seminal work, Life After Life, completely changed the way in which we view death and dying. This new work continues his research into the afterlife by exploring in detail a wide-range of case studies, including his own personal experience during the passing of his mother. Glimpses of Eternity offers comfort and hope, and sheds new light on the mysterious adventure we take at the end of life.
Authors: Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven, Rudolph H. Smit
Are near-death experiences (NDEs) just elaborate hallucinations produced by a dying brain? Or the exuberant fantasies of attention-seeking narcissists? As the accounts in this book abundantly demonstrate: Neither!
This book contains over 100 reliable, often firsthand accounts of perceptions during NDEs that were later verified as accurate by independent sources. These near-death experiencers were everyday people from all over the world-many of whom were clinically dead, unable to see or hear, and yet able to perceive new vistas of a world beyond the senses and even beyond death.
“The Self Does Not Die” is a trailblazing effort to present the most confirmed cases of consciousness beyond death ever compiled. In these cases, the authors have gone back to the original sources, the people involved in each case, whenever possible, rather than relying on secondhand sources. In so doing, they have assembled a unique collection of empirical data that any scholar worthy of the name must take into account.
By carefully studying and describing many convincing and corroborated cases, during cardiac arrest and other cases, the authors conclude that there are good reasons to assume that our consciousness does not always coincide with the functioning of our brain: Enhanced consciousness can sometimes be experienced separately from the body.
This book is a “must read” for anyone wanting to know more about this fascinating subject with its implications about the very nature of human consciousness and its survival of physical death. It has the potential to radically change the currently still widely accepted materialist paradigm in science.
Author: P.M.H. Atwater
The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences examines near-death studies from the “Moody Miracle” early days, through the myths of “the light at the end of the tunnel” and “the religion ofthe resuscitated,” to 2007. After 32 years of work with clinical prospective studies in several countries, the reality of the near-death experience has been verified, confirming its importance in the study of consciousness.
Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of the Story: What They Teach Us About Living and Dying and Our True Purpose
Author: P.M.H. Atwater
Real-life stories of out-of-body experiences, encountering a special light, greeters from the afterlife, life reviews, tunnels, and 360-degree vision–are all part of this intriguing look at near-death experiences (NDEs) by one of the world’s noted authorities, P.M.H. Atwater. Atwater shares her amazing findings, based on her sessions with more than 4,000 adults and children, and over 40 years of research; a breathtaking culmination to a successful and controversial career.
Atwater examines every aspect of the near-death phenomenon: from first-hand accounts of survivors experiencing flash forwards, waking up in morgues, and developing psychic abilities, to stunning cases of groups experiencing NDEs together. Atwater offers statistics from her findings to show the distinctive common patterns that people experience, as well as the common aftereffects and how it changed their lives.
She also explores the physiological and spiritual changes that result from near-death experiences and looks at the connections between the NDE experience and what is often called “enlightenment.” Near Death Experiences provides a glimpse of not only what lies beyond the veil of our temporal existence, but points to what–or who–we really are and what we are meant to be.
Author: Kevin R. Williams
Webmaster of near-death.com and dear friend of Sacramento IANDS, Kevin Williams has compiled a comprehensive analysis of 62 NDEs profiled from his website. The unusual title of this book, “Nothing Better Than Death,” was inspired by NDEr, Dr. Dianne Morrissey, who once said, “If I lived a billion years more, in my body or yours, there’s not a single experience on Earth that could ever be as good as being dead. Nothing.”
This near-death experience book challenges both the seasoned NDE enthusiast as well as the novice, and helps both understand the NDE phenomenon from the perspective of a large number of some of the most profound NDEs ever documented.
Author: Nancy Rynes
Few cyclists survive a direct hit from an SUV, yet Nancy Rynes did. Not without dying a couple times. Instead of dying for good, Nancy returns to Earth and shares her extraordinary journey along with the 12 loving wisdom teachings she acquired during her second near-death experience.
Nancy Rynes is a geologist, artist, author, technical writer and spiritual explorer. Her friends call her “the atheist who went to Heaven.” Discover Nancy’s beautifully amazing story and the insightful wisdom Heaven gave her to share with the world.