This book is the story of a man who went in for a popular procedure and actually "died" on the operating table. Perhaps what disturbs me the most about this first bit of information is that just one year ago today, I also underwent surgery on my gallbladder! But there was a difference with Steve's circumstances. Apparently it is rare, but only one in every thirty thousand are born without a gallbladder. So perhaps the biggest reason his surgery had such complications were because the doctors were laparscopically trying to remove something he didn't even have.
Whatever the reason, Steve was pronounced dead for one hour and fifteen minutes. He reports seeing himself floating above his body and watching the doctors work on him in the operating room. Steve notes that he awoke with people in a circle around him...people he never knew, who died in that hospital in years past. He says that he never saw God but heard His voice which sounded like a mixture of men's, women's and children's voices all blended together.
This was not the first book I have read about near death experiences and I would not rate it as one of the best books I have read on this subject. I preferred the writings of Don Piper in "90 Minutes in Heaven" and Todd Burpo in "Heaven Changes Everything". I do believe the Bible verse that states "We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. --2 Corinthians 5:8" But I find this book much harder to read than the previous two, and would rate it as 3 stars.
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