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These prayers and devotions offers insights gained on "the other side" by author Betty J. Eadie. (In November 1973, Eadie was pronounced clinically dead after surgery. She returned to consciousness with exact yet evocative memories of life across the boundary, which she recorded in her runaway 1992 bestseller, Embraced by Light.) These prayers and devotions offers insights gained on "the other side" by author Betty J. Eadie. (In November 1973, Eadie was pronounced clinically dead after surgery. She returned to consciousness with exact yet evocative memories of life across the boundary, which she recorded in her runaway 1992 bestseller, Embraced by Light.)


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These prayers and devotions offers insights gained on "the other side" by author Betty J. Eadie. (In November 1973, Eadie was pronounced clinically dead after surgery. She returned to consciousness with exact yet evocative memories of life across the boundary, which she recorded in her runaway 1992 bestseller, Embraced by Light.) These prayers and devotions offers insights gained on "the other side" by author Betty J. Eadie. (In November 1973, Eadie was pronounced clinically dead after surgery. She returned to consciousness with exact yet evocative memories of life across the boundary, which she recorded in her runaway 1992 bestseller, Embraced by Light.)

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Tharindu Dissanayake

    ""If I were to die tomorrow, what would I find?"" It's strange how comforting the books on death, and near death experiences are. Ever since I read Raymond Moody's Life After Life, I was on the lookout for books under this particular area. Embraced By the Light is a result of that search, one I found to be a great continuation on the topic of death & after. I wouldn't say this is the most enlightening book on death, or even an objective representation of events around near death experiences, ""If I were to die tomorrow, what would I find?"" It's strange how comforting the books on death, and near death experiences are. Ever since I read Raymond Moody's Life After Life, I was on the lookout for books under this particular area. Embraced By the Light is a result of that search, one I found to be a great continuation on the topic of death & after. I wouldn't say this is the most enlightening book on death, or even an objective representation of events around near death experiences, but this is definitely one of the most comforting reads on the subject. If you're grieving over the loss of someone very close to you, look no further. This is as helpful and comforting as it could get in my opinion. "All religions upon the earth are necessary because there are people who need what they teach." "The minute we judge others for their faults or shortcomings, we are displaying a similar shortcoming in ourselves." I loved the simplicity of the author's narrative here. The purpose of a book like this is not to improve one's literary sense, but to convey an important message without much foreplay. Eadie does just that. The sequence of experiences she had encountered are laid out using a very calming writing style, and only aims to drive each point home as straightforward as possible. The first half of the book even felt quite objective as the events were a lot similar to those of other near-death experience books. But the second half's effect will entirely depend on the reader's own level of religiousness, with the exception of very last chapter, which, I have no doubt, will be loved by all. "There is no greater prayer than that of a mother for her children." "Whatever we become here in mortality is meaningless unless it is done for the benefit of others." All these being said, there are a few thing things a reader should keep in mind prior to diving in to this book. If you're not an Christian AND (NOT OR) new to books on death, you most likely will not enjoy this book. If that is indeed the case, I think it's better to start with something that feels a little more objective. However, if you're already familiar with books like Moody's Life after Life, Murphy's Power of Your Subconscious Mind, or Tolle's Power of Now, it would be easier to interpret the experiences in your own way. I'm a Buddhist, and even with some of the core principles being similar, our philosophy is quite contrasting to Christianity in many ways. But aforementioned books made a world of difference to my reading experience with this book, and a number of other spirituality texts. So I recommend for such readers not to make this you first book on this subject. Still, if you do come across this one, irrespective of your religion, do at least give a chance to the first half of this book. You might not even imagine the profound impact a book like this could have on one's life. "Gratitude is an eternal virtue."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maureen ( NOT RECEIVING NOTIFICATIONS)

    Found some of it questionable, but an extremely interesting topic for sure, let’s face it, one of these days we’re going to have an answer!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tori

    I just read this within a few hours because I'm stuck at my grandmothers on Christmas waiting for a ride home. People are way to harsh on this book! I looked through other reviews and it's filled with 1stars. The complaints are stupid like it's not written well. Well duh, she's not a writer! This is a fairly short account of a woman's near death experience. I picked it off my grandma's shelf, so not something I'd choose for myself. This is my life. While others might spend a long day at their gr I just read this within a few hours because I'm stuck at my grandmothers on Christmas waiting for a ride home. People are way to harsh on this book! I looked through other reviews and it's filled with 1stars. The complaints are stupid like it's not written well. Well duh, she's not a writer! This is a fairly short account of a woman's near death experience. I picked it off my grandma's shelf, so not something I'd choose for myself. This is my life. While others might spend a long day at their grandmothers Facebook stalking their exes, I choose to read about a woman almost dying.... I am a Christian, but before writing me off you should know I don't hate homosexuals or condemn people to hell. I liked this book because she stressed that the real message God wants us to know is one of love. Forget all the other bullshit. It's not important. We need more love in the world. The End. I think anyone can take something from this. Maybe some chapters are a little unbelievable but we're only human and of course we're going to question whether everything is true. That's okay! I at least enjoyed it for the mere idea of this heaven. What kind of heaven is going to be able to appease everyones wants and needs? I don't know. I can't even begin to imagine. I also don't need to know. We all find out eventually what happens when we die. This was just enjoyable to read on a rainy Christmas day.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This book came into my life when I needed it the most. I highly recommend this book if you or someone you know is grieving the loss of a loved one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Goon

    “Embraced by the Light” is the sort of book you read very quickly in the bathtub. By the time the bath water is cold, you have finished the book. The book is written at approximately an eighth grade reading level. The book’s author, Betty J. Eadie, is super religious and made lots of Biblical references in the book that I didn’t understand as my background is not in Christianity. Never mind that though, it’s still a good book. Reports of Near Death Experiences are the only thing that keeps me fr “Embraced by the Light” is the sort of book you read very quickly in the bathtub. By the time the bath water is cold, you have finished the book. The book is written at approximately an eighth grade reading level. The book’s author, Betty J. Eadie, is super religious and made lots of Biblical references in the book that I didn’t understand as my background is not in Christianity. Never mind that though, it’s still a good book. Reports of Near Death Experiences are the only thing that keeps me from being an Atheist, so I’ll take Eadie’s interpretation about events even if they were viewed through a religious lens. Frankly, I believe “Embraced by the Light,” has an excellent message. And even if Eadie's Near Death Experience was just a hallucination, so what? I don't care if her experience was 'real' in a factual way. Even if Near Death Experiences are only the result of a dying brain, the people who live to tell the tales of their adventures in death always have nice suggestions about how to live life. Basically, the people who have died and have had a Near Death Experience consistently report that life is about learning to love other people, as well as yourself. They also say that life is about gaining as much knowledge as you can, and it’s about enjoying the experience of living. The people who have had Near Death Experiences always come back to life LOVELY. They are kinder, smarter, and simply better people due to their deaths and subsequent resuscitations. I don’t see any harm in being addicted to reading Near Death Experience books. I think the accounts of life after death have a positive message and I think reading them has made me a nicer person.

  6. 5 out of 5

    P.Q. Glisson

    5 Stars aren't near enough to give this wonderful and moving book. I read this book years ago and saw it at my Husband's Family's church while attending the funeral of a dear family friend and just felt compelled to pick it up again. I read it in one night and all I can say is that the second time was better than the first. You have to read it more than once to get everything. Heck, you may have to read it several times. There's so much material and every single bit of it is incredible! I am a Chr 5 Stars aren't near enough to give this wonderful and moving book. I read this book years ago and saw it at my Husband's Family's church while attending the funeral of a dear family friend and just felt compelled to pick it up again. I read it in one night and all I can say is that the second time was better than the first. You have to read it more than once to get everything. Heck, you may have to read it several times. There's so much material and every single bit of it is incredible! I am a Christian and believe what the Bible says. I also believe that through the years several important pieces have been lost in translation or left out for some reason. So many questions have been plaguing Christians for thousands of years. What does happen when we die? Did God create other worlds, within and without the universe, capable of sustaining life? Some Pompous, holier than thou Christians might dismiss Betty's experience as "flights of fancy" or at the worse "heresy", but she backs up everything with biblical scripture. I would recommend this book to anyone, Christian and non-Christian, who have had a loved one pass away or are dealing with the prospect of death. It's truly comforting and may change the way we think of death.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bionic Jean

    This is what I would class as an "inspirational" book. It did not inspire me, however, though I did find it interesting. Betty J. Eadie is a North American Native Indian, who has had a near-death experience, and now seeks to enlighten us all. She is rather too conscious in her book, of being a privileged being with knowledge to impart to the rest of us. Hmm. This is what I would class as an "inspirational" book. It did not inspire me, however, though I did find it interesting. Betty J. Eadie is a North American Native Indian, who has had a near-death experience, and now seeks to enlighten us all. She is rather too conscious in her book, of being a privileged being with knowledge to impart to the rest of us. Hmm.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chinook

    A friend went out of her way to give me this book. For all that I admit to be slightly annoyed that someone who knew I was an atheist would give me a book about Jesus, I felt compelled to read it since she ordered it for me (and lets be honest, it's short.) It annoyed me from the start. The acknowledgements where she thanks her husband for eating tv dinners while she wrote, the forward written by a doctor stressing a need for a return to spirituality, that the author had gone through native Ameri A friend went out of her way to give me this book. For all that I admit to be slightly annoyed that someone who knew I was an atheist would give me a book about Jesus, I felt compelled to read it since she ordered it for me (and lets be honest, it's short.) It annoyed me from the start. The acknowledgements where she thanks her husband for eating tv dinners while she wrote, the forward written by a doctor stressing a need for a return to spirituality, that the author had gone through native American boarding schools designed to eliminate a certain sort of spirituality. Ultimately it just came across to me as silly. It's all the best things that the author could imagine, put in a magical world. To start with, her imagination is pretty dull if that's her idea of utopia. It was like reading someone's account of heir alien abduction, or like reading some sort of sci-fi. Flatland and Gulliver's Travells both came to mind as I flew through it. A lot of it was very good-hearted, with all its talk of love and kindness, but it was mixed in with so much silly that I had a hard time taking even the ideas I agreed with seriously. One good thing will come out of reading this. I'll message the friend who gave it to me. If nothing else, her love and kindness towards me is deeply touching and it's been far too long since we've spoken.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shell The Belle

    4.5 Fabulous made me think then and still makes me think now Stars Read this at a very particular time of my life, and I can honestly say it helped me so much. Years Later, I can still remember a lot about this book that made me really think, and still does. I believe this to be a true account of the Authors Near Death Experience. Some have rated this low because the writing itself wasn't very good - but hey, she isn't a writer!! She just felt she had to share what was a truly remarkable experien 4.5 Fabulous made me think then and still makes me think now Stars Read this at a very particular time of my life, and I can honestly say it helped me so much. Years Later, I can still remember a lot about this book that made me really think, and still does. I believe this to be a true account of the Authors Near Death Experience. Some have rated this low because the writing itself wasn't very good - but hey, she isn't a writer!! She just felt she had to share what was a truly remarkable experience so DUH!!! Anyway, I loved this book. And I actually think it was recommended to me (or actually, my parents, and then to me) via a true life Angel on earth, No, I really mean a REAL ACTUAL ANGEL

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Because this book held honesty and good will to share such a detailed series of events, I wanted to give it 4 stars, at the least. But the writing itself kept me from that extra star. She uses identical words for such abstracts of specifics, that at times I felt I wished I could ask her varying questions on her definitions. These are such metaphysical and emotive words that I know that would be difficult to answer, as well. But still- there are some dichotomies in her very definitions, IMHO. But Because this book held honesty and good will to share such a detailed series of events, I wanted to give it 4 stars, at the least. But the writing itself kept me from that extra star. She uses identical words for such abstracts of specifics, that at times I felt I wished I could ask her varying questions on her definitions. These are such metaphysical and emotive words that I know that would be difficult to answer, as well. But still- there are some dichotomies in her very definitions, IMHO. But I know this territory is not simple. Charity also means almost opposing actions to different people in specific causes too. Regardless, this quick read was direct, honest, and a first person witness for the long journey and series of events that occurred during the night after her surgery. And this particular reading has also stood the test of time and many NDE studies since then. Those who have no possible avenue of belief toward a personal God will not find reason to understand this tale, IMHO. I absolutely agree with Betty J. Eadie that there will always be current "scientific" explanations that the mind will play tricks and manufacture this state when deprived of oxygen. But I do not believe that is true at all either. Her experience was too beautiful and her 4 or 5 years after it occurred too sorrowful to interpret this as a "mind" function or trick- of that I'm sure. Especially since there were future identities revealed that she never really understood either until years after her illness event. (The little girl with her ballet step upon her husband's shoe tip- not at all recognized until a decade later.) Her explanations of learning about both kindness (good intent) and prayer are 5 star and essential to human association universally. Actually this book made me a little jealous. Two separate times and for two completely differing reasons I have had Last Rites- at 20 and at 26. Both many, many years ago. Although I had the out of body experience with full memory that second time, I never experienced the black phase, the tunnel, the light- or any of the other entities involved. But I was peaceful and could see detail and remember exact visuals of spaces I could not have possibly seen from my body. So I always read these first person narrations and have strong personal correlation and basis to believe that there is far more than we know about spirit.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cristael Bengtson

    In November of 1973 Betty Eadie was a 31 year old mother of seven children. As a young Native American child she had been placed in a Catholic boarding school where she had endured torturous medieval discipline. She had been divorced from her first husband, and she was married to a man who loved her and their family. She was alone in her hospital room, having had a partial hysterectomy, when she was lifted out of her body to experience one of the most dramatic Near Death Experiences ever recorded In November of 1973 Betty Eadie was a 31 year old mother of seven children. As a young Native American child she had been placed in a Catholic boarding school where she had endured torturous medieval discipline. She had been divorced from her first husband, and she was married to a man who loved her and their family. She was alone in her hospital room, having had a partial hysterectomy, when she was lifted out of her body to experience one of the most dramatic Near Death Experiences ever recorded. She was drawn into an intelligent Light in what she called 'an explosion of love'. She recognized that Light as Jesus, whom she had feared all her life as a result of the punishments the nuns in her school had given her. His loving presence resolved all her fears of God and of dying. Then Betty went on into a world of Life and Light, where she experienced the purest of ecologies, and where she heard divine music coming from each plant and each drop of water. There her eager and curious mind was filled with information about everything, from atoms to galaxies and beyond. She learned about the power and the immediacy of prayers, and the overwhelming power of love. Like so many NDE'rs, Betty Eadie wanted to stay in that wonderful place. Yet she came back to Earth, and to the difficult life readjustments that every NDE'r has to make. She writes movingly of her family's love and support helping her through her re-entry period. This is a lovely story, sincerely and vividly told.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Lewis

    A quick, interesting read if you are the type to keep an open mind. This novel chronicles a woman's near-death experience and I don't generally argue someone else's personal experience. It's a hopeful story- I found it uplifting and enjoyable. A quick, interesting read if you are the type to keep an open mind. This novel chronicles a woman's near-death experience and I don't generally argue someone else's personal experience. It's a hopeful story- I found it uplifting and enjoyable.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gregg

    At the time I read this book, it was, and still is one of the best descriptions of what takes place after a person dies. To date I have read this book 3 times, and by the Gods of heavy metal, I shall live to read it yet again. As Betty Eadie lies near death in a hospital room, she slips out of her body and is taken on a tour of the after world. She gives a description of a garden in the after world that is truly magical. The colors that exist are living hues beyond articulation, and their brill At the time I read this book, it was, and still is one of the best descriptions of what takes place after a person dies. To date I have read this book 3 times, and by the Gods of heavy metal, I shall live to read it yet again. As Betty Eadie lies near death in a hospital room, she slips out of her body and is taken on a tour of the after world. She gives a description of a garden in the after world that is truly magical. The colors that exist are living hues beyond articulation, and their brilliance is increased through your admiration of them. The flowers, as well as all plants "sing" a type of song as though they could see inside your soul, and heal you with their choruses. The author talks of the gardens as having been created with the thoughts of all who have witnessed, and passed through them. You come to see the garden/environment as an extension of your moods and inner states, as you change, the garden/environment changes to reflect what you have become. There is another curious phenomenon that the author takes note to mention. It seems the very air produces a type of living music, a tingling of sorts that understands all of your favorite sounds, and presents this as the most grand symphony you can imagine. Its as though the environment can only give you what you can handle. As you become more of what you are, it becomes more of what it is. Matter evolves and its evolutionary goal is to learn how to respond to the thoughts of the various consciousness that it comes into contact with. Imagine an artist such as Thomas Kinkade, or a master landscape designer such as Robert Olmsted, who designed Central Park, being able to create their art exactly as they envision it in their mind's eye. Then their art becomes alive, and takes on a life of its own, and begins to evolves, and becomes more that what it was. The author talks about the healing centers that one can visit to rid themselves of the left over negative energy of their sojourn in the physical world. There are also a number of pages dedicated to how a person chooses to die in order to make a statement to others. The various concepts of the tunnel that people claim to see are explored. The interpretation in the book outlines this phenomenon as a barrier between the different worlds. Once this barrier is crossed, the energy cord connecting one to their physical body is severed, and there can be no return until the next incarnation. These as well as other esoteric ideals concerning the death scenario are looked at with the eye of a true explorer. Ms Eadie also looks at the various reasons of why a person would choose to incarnate, in lets say, a cripple body, or as a slave to a cruel master, or as a Siamese twin. These choices are all looked at from different views. A number of people incarnate not necessarily for their benefit, but more so for the betterment of others, these are the true saints of our humanity. In the book there is one example given of a person incarnating as a bum who had high visibility. This person's purpose was to bring out empathy, and compassion in all who were lucky enough to pass his way. In reality this bum was a master teacher who chose to teach in a somewhat unconventional way. A teacher instills, and brings out more of whats in you, and that was the purpose of this derelict bum. The book later goes on to talk about the grand museum, in which all of the as yet to be invented ideals exist. Inventors of all ages visit this museum during the sleep state where they observe what could be. Needless to say Edison, as well as Leonardo da Vinci was a frequent visitor. Ms Eadie also states that there is another museum in which all the unrealized ideals of everyone who has ever existed, are there to be observed by others, and possibly actualize. Different topics are explored, such as how a body is selected for birth, how "you" come to judge yourself, how you can send yourself to hell like conditions, because of your desire to do so, as well as why the "laws" are like they are. On the subject of judgment, before a person can move on to the higher realities, they must critically evaluate their last life. You look at your big successes and your small successes, for their are no true failures. Every detail of ones life is looked at from all possible views. How your actions made others feel, and what was the long term affect on them, and the people they came into contact with. This is called the "ripple effect" by the author. Something else that takes place during this evaluation is that you have the option to see "what if" scenarios. What if different actions had been taken ? how might things have turned out ? This and other options are available to the recently departed, it all depends on their temperament. All throughout the book Ms Eadie recaps what she has learned up to that point. A common tread of her statements is that love is a binding force of the universe, and thoughts are deeds. As you think, you are held accountable. Another sentiment she expresses is to be a servant of humanity, as you give, much is given to you. I found this book to be so enlightening, you can say I was embraced by the light.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carol Erny

    Embraced by the light is filled with fantasy accounts of Betty eadie's supposed trip to heaven. It is a poor substitute for the real truth about heaven: the Bible, written by the Person who knows it best: Jesus Christ. Embraced by the light is filled with fantasy accounts of Betty eadie's supposed trip to heaven. It is a poor substitute for the real truth about heaven: the Bible, written by the Person who knows it best: Jesus Christ.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kym Moore

    Have you ever had an out of body, near-death experience? There are accounts I have heard of by individuals who said they experienced some variation of an after-life encounter. This book by Betty J. Eadie speaks about her near-death experience after having a hysterectomy. While I cannot attest to the authentic accuracy of her experience, or that of others I've heard or read about, this book to me was so detailed with descriptors about her encounters that it read more like a spiritual, motivationa Have you ever had an out of body, near-death experience? There are accounts I have heard of by individuals who said they experienced some variation of an after-life encounter. This book by Betty J. Eadie speaks about her near-death experience after having a hysterectomy. While I cannot attest to the authentic accuracy of her experience, or that of others I've heard or read about, this book to me was so detailed with descriptors about her encounters that it read more like a spiritual, motivational book or a novel than a real-life experience. I suppose what lead to my state of confusion throughout the meticulous details of the author's recollection of her experience, is that she repeated how she was reminded when she returned to earth that she would not remember what she'd seen concerning her mission. Because of such details she remembered, it made it a little difficult to believe these accounts were valid. Some of the positive takeaways I got through her journey, however, are points I am aware of, ones I connect to, try to practice, and agree with. 1. Our strength will be found in our charity. 2. Each of us is at a different level of spiritual development. 3. Our gifts and talents are given to us to help us serve. 4. When we make the effort to move away from self and begin to concentrate on the needs of others and how to serve them, we begin to heal. 5. Gratitude is an eternal virtue. I suppose the last chapter is probably the most emotional of them all when she brings a new child into their already growing family and adopts her as their own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    A co-worker passed this book along to me after Mike died. She told me to read it when I was ready. Well I needed answers, I wanted to know what the hell is going on up there and what happens to us when we die? This book gives some insight because the woman talks about her near death experience, meeting her guardian angels and God. Now I'm far from religious but this book gave me some peace of mind. Mike is no longer suffering, we were together for a reason...many reasons, that people come in and A co-worker passed this book along to me after Mike died. She told me to read it when I was ready. Well I needed answers, I wanted to know what the hell is going on up there and what happens to us when we die? This book gives some insight because the woman talks about her near death experience, meeting her guardian angels and God. Now I'm far from religious but this book gave me some peace of mind. Mike is no longer suffering, we were together for a reason...many reasons, that people come in and out of your life to keep you on your path and that we are all being looked over. All that matters in life is not whether you made something of yourself or not, but how you treated people. I don't know if I believe what she experienced up there, before she was told it's not her time and sent back to earth, but it's a nice story to read regardless.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    This is a very nice book about a near-death experience- much of it was fascinating and I would recommend it to anyone. I have a hard time not being cynical when I read books like this, but much like "The Message", this book draws the reader in with simple explanations and descriptions. There were things I liked more than others in the book- things that rang true, and others that I had to set aside. The truth is, this woman believes she had this experience, and what she shares are her interpretat This is a very nice book about a near-death experience- much of it was fascinating and I would recommend it to anyone. I have a hard time not being cynical when I read books like this, but much like "The Message", this book draws the reader in with simple explanations and descriptions. There were things I liked more than others in the book- things that rang true, and others that I had to set aside. The truth is, this woman believes she had this experience, and what she shares are her interpretations of that experience, so you have to take it for what it is. It is very interesting, though, and almost makes me look forward to the next life. I especially liked how even when she was shown mistakes she'd made in life, she still felt only LOVE from the Savior- I appreciate that, because I believe that Jesus is a very loving Lord and that He only wants us to live righteously for our own benefit- also that He loves us no matter what. The atonement applies to us whether we know it or not, and His love is eternal and stronger than we can even imagine in our mortal lives. I also liked that she came to understand that all of us wanted to come to Earth and that we even agreed to have difficult experiences here- that we willingly accepted the challenge. This applies to my life with my mother, I think. I'd like to think that I was valiant enough that I was willing to be a chain breaker of the abuse in the family line- along with my siblings. If that doesn't make sense, sorry- it's the best I can do. :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Delarose

    This is the most detailed Near Death Experience (NDE) I've ever encountered. Her recollection of "what comes after" is extremely vivid. From everything I've read about NDE's, the experience is often colored by your personal religious beliefs, and Betty's account is very Christian. This book moved me so much for answering the question, "Why are we here?" that I've given it as a gift to quite a few people. Especially when someone has lost a loved one, I believe this book is a good grief counselor. I This is the most detailed Near Death Experience (NDE) I've ever encountered. Her recollection of "what comes after" is extremely vivid. From everything I've read about NDE's, the experience is often colored by your personal religious beliefs, and Betty's account is very Christian. This book moved me so much for answering the question, "Why are we here?" that I've given it as a gift to quite a few people. Especially when someone has lost a loved one, I believe this book is a good grief counselor. It offers hope that there really is an afterlife and not only do our loved ones live on, they may still be active in our lives from beyond. I also believe this is a good gift for anyone who is contemplating their own death, such as the elderly or very ill. Facing the end of your life is scary, and Embraced by the Light may offer peace in the belief that there really is something that comes after. One of the most precious gifts this book gives, is the concept that we choose our challenges in life, and that sometimes those challenges only make sense from a higher perspective. If you want to know why someone would choose a life as a drunken bum in a gutter, you'd be amazed at the answer...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Britt Anderson

    This book came highly recommended to me by a friend. (A life-changer). It’s a short read and she is good at telling her story. This book is meant to bring hope, however it left me feeling hopeless. Betty shares her personal account of what happened during the period of time she was pulseless and laying in her hospital bed before she was revived. Although she shares some Scripture and speaks of Jesus, she concludes that our path meaning in this life is to create positive energy, love ourself, and This book came highly recommended to me by a friend. (A life-changer). It’s a short read and she is good at telling her story. This book is meant to bring hope, however it left me feeling hopeless. Betty shares her personal account of what happened during the period of time she was pulseless and laying in her hospital bed before she was revived. Although she shares some Scripture and speaks of Jesus, she concludes that our path meaning in this life is to create positive energy, love ourself, and to forgive ourselves. (I don’t need more self absorption in my life....Jesus saves me from that!). The biggest challenge for me as she concludes her story is there is no mention of the problem of our sin against a holy God. When speaking of forgiveness, it’s only mentioned that we need to forgive ourselves and then we can spread love and good. This tastes like secular humanism, not Christianity. If the Bible informs your worldview and is your source for truth, you will have a hard time with this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Tedesco

    This book was given to me by a friend who called it "life changing"... for me, not so much. As a story, it's a nice tale... but it begs all sorts of questions if it's to be taken as a true autobiographical experience. You know how when you were reading "A million little pieces" you found yourself totally NOT believing that someone experienced root canal without sedation or pain control of any kind? I think you might find yourself with similar thoughts of disbelief here too... Perhaps it's just t This book was given to me by a friend who called it "life changing"... for me, not so much. As a story, it's a nice tale... but it begs all sorts of questions if it's to be taken as a true autobiographical experience. You know how when you were reading "A million little pieces" you found yourself totally NOT believing that someone experienced root canal without sedation or pain control of any kind? I think you might find yourself with similar thoughts of disbelief here too... Perhaps it's just the medical professional in me that finds a lot of her accounts to be improbable, but I suspect even a layperson would have to wonder how legitimate her death (or near death) experience really was. I would recommend this book for it's cheerful anecdotes with caution to the reader that much of what you are about to read is based on a wonderful imagination and the authors cunning ability to share it with us.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ghine

    This book changed my life as a teenager!! I knew I believed in God and had faith but I struggled with the separation of religions. Betty J. Eadie talks about how the different religions are merely the different ways people worship God but that we're all worshipping the same God. I could relate to this and it made since. I could never understand how the baby born into a buddhist family was damned to Hell when that baby would never be introduced to Jesus to begin with. He may have a yearning insid This book changed my life as a teenager!! I knew I believed in God and had faith but I struggled with the separation of religions. Betty J. Eadie talks about how the different religions are merely the different ways people worship God but that we're all worshipping the same God. I could relate to this and it made since. I could never understand how the baby born into a buddhist family was damned to Hell when that baby would never be introduced to Jesus to begin with. He may have a yearning inside, his soul searching for the love he knows, but he's not been introduced to Jesus here on earth and he follows his family's values and beliefs, as most do. I received great, great comfort when my 2 year old passed from cancer. To read the book again and her amazing details of Heaven. To know my son was there experiencing that love and joy. I missed his physical presence with me but I knew he was happy and very loved.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shell The Belle

    4.5 Fabulous made me think then and still makes me think now Stars Read this at a very particular time of my life, and I can honestly say it helped me so much. Years Later, I can still remember a lot about this book that made me really think, and still does. I believe this to be a true account of the Authors Near Death Experience. Some have rated this low because the writing itself wasn't very good - but hey, she isn't a writer!! She just felt she had to share what was a truly remarkable experien 4.5 Fabulous made me think then and still makes me think now Stars Read this at a very particular time of my life, and I can honestly say it helped me so much. Years Later, I can still remember a lot about this book that made me really think, and still does. I believe this to be a true account of the Authors Near Death Experience. Some have rated this low because the writing itself wasn't very good - but hey, she isn't a writer!! She just felt she had to share what was a truly remarkable experience so DUH!!! Anyway, I loved this book. And I actually think it was recommended to me (or actually, my parents, and then to me) via a true life Angel on earth, No, I really mean a REAL ACTUAL ANGEL

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I recently finished Proof of Heaven and I thought I'd read another perspective on NDE (near-death experience). This was a totally different book but the experience was in some ways similar. This book is written by a homemaker, it has a more religious POV, and it is much simpler -shorter, less educated treatment. But that does not make it less, just different. There is much more of the religious slant but even with that some of the components of the experience were very similar. There is comfort I recently finished Proof of Heaven and I thought I'd read another perspective on NDE (near-death experience). This was a totally different book but the experience was in some ways similar. This book is written by a homemaker, it has a more religious POV, and it is much simpler -shorter, less educated treatment. But that does not make it less, just different. There is much more of the religious slant but even with that some of the components of the experience were very similar. There is comfort in the thought that we all are together - before and after this life. Quote to remember: The only thing we can take with us from this life is the good we have done to others...all our good deeds and kind words will come back to bless us a hundred fold after this life.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I read this book on the recommendation of my husband’s uncle, who described it as one of the best books about life after death that he’s ever read. I agree. Betty’s experiences and descriptions of heaven are incredibly similar to my own beliefs. Her overall message that love and service are most important really resonated with me and made me evaluate my life. I was even brought to tears at one point. Worth the read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heidi McIntyre

    I needed some light because the Delta variant is running rampant in my state of Florida and it's a very fearful time. So I wanted to listen to this on Audible to lift my spirits and sooth my soul which it did. This is not the first book I've read on this topic but these types of experiences never get old for me, it just reaffirms my faith. Betty's experience of heaven was both beautiful and hopeful and just what I needed to hear. The only issue I had was listening to Betty's voice which was very I needed some light because the Delta variant is running rampant in my state of Florida and it's a very fearful time. So I wanted to listen to this on Audible to lift my spirits and sooth my soul which it did. This is not the first book I've read on this topic but these types of experiences never get old for me, it just reaffirms my faith. Betty's experience of heaven was both beautiful and hopeful and just what I needed to hear. The only issue I had was listening to Betty's voice which was very monotone. This is one case where having a professional reader would have made a big difference so I recommend reading versus listening to it. It took some time to get used to it but once I did, I was glad I stuck with it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Maloney

    Interesting & very Christian

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hamidreza

    it was a good book although it's like brain washing into one belief so i am not sure if it's fact or fiction it was a good book although it's like brain washing into one belief so i am not sure if it's fact or fiction

  28. 5 out of 5

    Iona Stewart

    I read this book in Danish since I had it in that language though I would rather have read it in the original language, English. In this book, we´re told much of Betty´s life history and how she met Jim, her loving husband. Betty was in the hospital to have a hysterectomy, and following the operation she left her body. She met three men on the other side; they resembled monks and were wise and knowledgeable. They told her they had been with her for an eternity, and she saw in her mind pictures of I read this book in Danish since I had it in that language though I would rather have read it in the original language, English. In this book, we´re told much of Betty´s life history and how she met Jim, her loving husband. Betty was in the hospital to have a hysterectomy, and following the operation she left her body. She met three men on the other side; they resembled monks and were wise and knowledgeable. They told her they had been with her for an eternity, and she saw in her mind pictures of her previous time with them. She understood that death was, in reality, a rebirth to a greater life with understanding and wisdom. They explained that, together with others, they had been her guardian angels in her life on Earth. They told her she had died too early, but that everything would work out. She felt their deep love and concern; they filled her with joy. Betty had six children and she worried about them, now that she was “dead”. She flew to her home into the living-room and saw the children getting ready for bed. She realized that each of her children was on Earth to have his/her own experiences and that, even though she had regarded them as “hers”, she was mistaken. Each one had his or her free will to live his/her own freely chosen life. She saw some of their challenges and troubles but knew that these would be necessary for their growth. She heard a buzzing sound and bells ringing. She felt lifted up by an enormous black tornado, but had an inner feeling of well-being and peace. She was aware that other people and animals were travelling with her. She felt that healing was taking place; she had never before felt greater peace. She saw a tunnel of light and travelled through it at great speed. She saw a man surrounded by a golden light. His light mixed with hers. He was Jesus Christ; he was Life and Love. She had known him long before her life on Earth; her soul remembered him. Jesus told her that it was not her time yet. She asked him lots of questions and received answers. She understood that we are here to help each other, love each other, forgive and serve each other. We are here to love each person born on Earth. She learnt that we should love our enemies and let go of our anger, hate, envy, bitterness and reluctance to forgive. She saw that we have all chosen our positions in the world and that each of us receives more help than we realize. Betty saw that many of us have ourselves chosen the illness/es we suffer from. All our experiences are for own good; as souls, we are willing, even keen, to accept all our sufferings/illnesses and accidents on Earth so that we can improve spiritually. The pain we experience on Earth is just a moment of our consciousness in the spirit world, and we are extremely willing to endure it. Our death is also often intended to help us grow. Suicide will result in our losing the opportunity of developing more on Earth. We are here to learn, to experiment, and to make mistakes. We should not judge ourselves. This book is extremely comprehensive and contains much more than I have indicated here. I am amazed that the author managed to remember all the experiences she recounts in such detail. The most important message Betty received was: “First and foremost, love each other!”

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    Well, I read this book and also her second one “The Awakening Heart”. For the people that give this book high appraisal, I’m sure they enjoyed the very good aspects of the book that touched on love. However, there is something that makes me stop and say “What’s going on here? Why?” Betty Eadie claims that it is her mission to share her story to the world. This experience happened in 1973. Originally, she was very reluctant about how and who she shared it with. Some personal experiences and perso Well, I read this book and also her second one “The Awakening Heart”. For the people that give this book high appraisal, I’m sure they enjoyed the very good aspects of the book that touched on love. However, there is something that makes me stop and say “What’s going on here? Why?” Betty Eadie claims that it is her mission to share her story to the world. This experience happened in 1973. Originally, she was very reluctant about how and who she shared it with. Some personal experiences and personal revelations are meant for the individual. Our Prophets inform the world of divine principles pertaining to what we need to know. Though Betty Eadie wasn’t a member at the time of her experience, she was a member when she wrote the book. How can she not touch on the Holy Priesthood, Prophet and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? She says that there is not one Church that is totally correct. What? Peter, James and John ordained Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in person. The Priesthood and saving ordinances were restored on Earth. She practically condones gay and lesbian activity in her second book. Also, in her second book, her brother in-law claims to have had a NDE. He also received divine information and one of the things he say is “God is tired of people wondering if He’s a man or a woman, that we should not think of Him as a man or woman, but just as God”. We are created in God’s image. The Proclamation to the World addresses the fact that our spirits are either male or female. Jesus refers to God as the Father. Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus together and always referred to God as Heavenly Father or God. Betty Eadie is a child of God just like the rest of us. She is not a prophet and I believe she has brought glory upon herself. Every Mormon that I know loves the intricate details of doctrine. We all know that which is important. The Gospel Principles and living them. Details of the spirit world would just be juicy extra information. I do believe Betty Eadie had an experience, but I feel things got embellished and made stylish. She makes no mention of the atonement, Priesthood, Prophet or LDS Church (which she was a member of at the time of writing her 1st book) and therefore I am confused and ashamed of her.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laurab

    It wasnt very far into the book that author proposed that "Jesus" tells her that ALL religions are perfectly ok because they are for people at different spiritual levels. As we are clearly taught in the new testiment by Jesus himself that no one comes to the Father except through Him, that we are not to add to or take away from the word of God, that if any come preaching any other gospel than what we have been given... etc.i dare say that any Christ rejecting religion being acceptable appears to It wasnt very far into the book that author proposed that "Jesus" tells her that ALL religions are perfectly ok because they are for people at different spiritual levels. As we are clearly taught in the new testiment by Jesus himself that no one comes to the Father except through Him, that we are not to add to or take away from the word of God, that if any come preaching any other gospel than what we have been given... etc.i dare say that any Christ rejecting religion being acceptable appears to be contrary to the word of God and christianity on which she's based her book. perhaps she should have actually read the Bible first or at least the new testiment to see what the Jesus she claims to have met and spoke with actually said. The implications are far reaching if asked to believe what she is proposing. First of all that what He taught in the Bible was a lie and if He were a liar, then untrustworthy in all He said or says therefore distructing the christian religion or belief in Himself completely. I am though very grateful that author erred so early in the book thereby saving me a futile bunch of reading that only concluded in me being pissed off for purchasing it.

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