Friday, August 7, 2009

The Message

Have any of you read this book?

I found it very uplifting.
Read from the back cover:I didn't expect to like this book but it came so highly recommended that I just wanted to give it a try. I've read other Near Death Experience books that I always come away wondering...did that really happen?...are they exaggerating?....how do they know it wasn't just a dream?

I'm not saying the other books I read on this subject were false, but I connected better to this one. Although I have discovered the author is LDS, he never mentions this in his story. In fact he says, "Many who read this will belong to different faiths than mine and may have different understandings and convictions. I understand this. But I pray to God that these differences will not cloud the importance of what we can do together, as friends, and as a people. The truths of Love, God, Family, Country, and Service transcend all boundaries and barriers, for they are absolute and eternal."

I have always believed that loved ones who have passed on before us, can have connections and influence on those of us still here. I've believed this, but I have come especially the past 12 years, to know it is without a doubt, true. This book explains how this happens. To me, it makes sense.

While the author was in a coma for a few weeks after a motorcycle accident, he visits the afterlife. He has experiences of watching each of his children, his wife, and even his father who was in a state senate meeting at the time...while he was in this coma. His family was later amazed when he was able to tell them all exactly what they were doing on the particular day he visited them.

5 years after this near death experience, the author dies. His wife continues to share his message. I hear she is scheduled as one of the speakers for Time Out For Women in Idaho this Fall.

I read this book about 3 weeks ago and I'm still thinking about it.

14 comments:

grandmapeg said...

I have also read a couple of books on this subject and have found them interesting. I believe there can be connection and influence from loved ones who have passed on. I am definitely going to find this book and read it. Thanks for sharing.

Logan said...

Mom- Logan read this I believe in one day. He loved it! Then last night Austin decided to read it and couldn't put it down. He read it all in about 3 and a half hours. He can't stop talking about it today. Now my Mom is reading it and I will read it next. Thanks for lending us the book.

Mary said...

It's probably more than 20 years since I read "Life After Life," and I still think about it. I'm going through some spiritual issues lately and I think maybe you were inspired to share this and lead me to some answers. I'll definitely get my hands on this book as soon as possible!

Eileen said...

I had read a book many years ago on the near-death experiences of children. It was wonderful. I definitely believe these were experiences and not just stories. I'm going to get this book, Jill, thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.
Another big thank you ~ for sharing your grandchildren's very organized dresser drawers! I have now done that for Jayden and it makes life so much easier! And now there is so much more room!
When I reorganize my closets for the Fall I'm going to set up my own things like that too!

Oh, and, yes, you can freeze tomatoes to be used later in sauces, you just have to first peel them and take out some of the juice and the pits. But we've been eating them like crazy and family members have been taking some too, so I'll see if we even have anything left to freeze!
Take care, Jill.
All the best,
Eileen

Eileen said...

Okay, I take it back, not your grandchildren's dresser drawers, the Wilkinson's children's drawers!
Still, a big thank you for sharing this info!

darlene said...

I couldn't find this book in the library. Where did you get it?

Jill said...

I have heard of some libraries carrying it. I bought my copy from Amazon.com

Luke and Nat said...

Wow, I'm going to go get it...I really believe this without reading the book...there are lots watching over us in heaven! :)

Lisa said...

You've definately got me intrigued! I've never been a fan of near death experience, but you give some compelling reasons to read this one!

Did you go to the Canning Seminar? This was your 2nd chance!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Hi Jill,
I find this story and similar stories to this one very uplifting and comforting. It just doesn't make any sense to me that what we do on this earth wouldn't have any connection to a continuing life. Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

Sounds like a really interesting read. I'll have to look into getting a copy for myself.

Thanks for your comment on my blog today. I hadn't thought of it, but I agree that never quite adjusting to the empty nest is a type, of sorts, of never adjusting to our world away from all we knew in our pre-earth life. You really made me think!

Thanks.

=)

Did you know we are almost the same age? I am a year older than you, though...

James and Kresta said...

I will have to add this one to be "to-read list". I love reading books about this subject. I read a book called 90 minutes in Heaven a few weeks ago and loved it. It's basically the same concept.

Dennis said your foot is still hurt :( If you need anything, please let me know!

Jill said...

How sweet you are Kresta!
Also, I think I will try to find that book 90 Minutes in Heaven.

Carol Brown said...

My father and mother both had experiences where they nearly died, moved into the spirit world, and returned to tell about it. Although some of their experiences there are too sacred to be shared in detail, they did say that the spirit world is a place of indescribable beauty, joy, and peace. They saw family members there, and my Dad saw the Savior himself. I believe we would not fear death if we saw the glorious reward that awaits those who love God and follow Him.