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Blessing in Disguise: Another Side of the Near Death Experience [Paperback]

Barbara Rommer
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Research suggests that 17.7% of near-death experiences are distressing or frightening. Dr. Rommer, a practicing internist, interviewed more than 300 real-life cases for this book. Explore the meaning of hellish visions. Witness their after-effects on peoples lives: the development of psychic or healing powers ... changes in behaviors, habits, and careers ... even the disappearance of the disease that "killed" the person in the first place.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Cowards Die Many Times Jan. 13 2002
By A Customer
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Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar "Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once."
That said suffice it to say I have literally died at least twice in the hospital, and not in any time did I experience what the folks in this book went through. Fact is, each time it was just like going to sleep and waking up again. As a devout Catholic I keep trying to ready my soul for death and in want of inspiration and encouragement like to read books like this. However I found this book most discouraging, disheartening, and anything but reassuring. I am content to be a Catholic and am very disappointed that Barbara Rommer did not write anything about the afterlife that would verify or contradict the teachings of Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, Islam or any of the other religions. In want of inspiration I'll stick with the saints!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book June 9 2001
By A Customer
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I have read this book,have heard Dr Rommer speak on two occasions and have seen her on A&E. It is a wonderful insightful book. I myself have had a NDE and find the cases sited to ring true to my experience. As shown in most of the reviews,(except for 2 obviously written by the same person), and in my experiences selling this book. (I work for a major bookstore and this is one of our bestsellers), most everyone feels the same as I, including several well known experts in this field. If you have an interest in NDE's this book is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK June 4 2001
By M
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I happen to know Dr. Barbara Rommer. I was also one of the many people whom she interviewed for this book. This book delves into the near death experience in a way no other book has ever done. It covers the near death experience that was less than perfect. It explains the less than perfect NDE's in a way that anyone can understand. If you have ever heard Dr. Rommer speak about her book as I have several times you would absolutley want to read this book. I am actually one of the subjects listed in the book. If you fear death, read this book. Dr Rommer has been featured on many television programs such as Montel Williams. Many of you will be surprised to know that Dr. Rommer died a few weeks ago in February 2004. Thank God that the legacy of this book continues.
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Barbara Rommer's book is quite extraordinary. Aside from the usual cases of heavenly abodes, angels, and cities of light, she dares to reveal more about those who have unpleasant or hellish near-death episodes. And she talks indepth about the people who experience this and their fears about what they went through. Near-death experiences are not religious experiences, nor do they reflect religious doctrines, per se. They are moments of "otherworldly" awareness that happen most often on the edge of death and to both children and adults. When we speak of near-death experiences, we're really talking about a complex dynamic that is not easily understood or explained. But true it is in the sense that this phenomenon happens to about 1/3 of those adults who face death, nearly die, or who are clinically dead but later revive or are resuscitated. With children, the figure is closer to 70%. Average length of time without vital signs is from 5 to 20 minutes. Not only are near-death experiences important because of the venue in which they occur, but because of the pattern of psychological and physiological aftereffects that tends to increase with time. Also, in many of these episodes, information is revealed or witnessed that could not have been known by the experiencer beforehand. The medical reality of near-death states can no longer be denied. That's why physicians, like Dr. Rommer, are finally speaking out. That Dr. Rommer focuses on the unpleasant aspects is critically important to our understanding of these states. I only wish that her publisher would have allowed her to carry more of her actual research findings and methodology in this book. Rather, they wanted to keep the text simple for the average reader. I think this is a mistake. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating book! Dec 28 2000
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In her book, Dr. Barbara Rommer shares with readers Another Side of the Near - Death Experience, i.e. the "less-than-Positive" experiences. This thought provoking book speaks through the words of the experiences themselves to those often frightening or unsettling experiences that have taken them on their journeys to the brink of death. Often for them, we find in the pages of this book their experiences, through unpleasant, become the entrance to positive and meaningful changes in their lives.
The ten chapters in this book take the reader from a revisit with peaceful near-death experiences to some conclusions, which is titled "A Plea to the Medical Community". In between, we find well-documented chapters, which deal with, and overview of Less Than Positive Experiences. While Dr. Rommer, like many of us, cannot absolutely say that there is an afterlife, she is able to present anecdotal evidence of the probability of the continuity of life beyond bodily death.
In the book, Dr. Rommer has interviewed over 300 patients and shares their experiences in their own words. As explained in the book, she has experienced first hand how often her patients, who fear the dying process, are really fearful of what happens after dying and therefore sometime fail to live life to the fullest. Therefore she, in this book, fulfills her goal "to allay people's fears by reporting the experiences of those who had died and been resuscitated".
In this book you will not only find the convictions of experiences shared in openness and with honesty, but you will also find the convictions of the author openly shared regarding her life's journey of her own soul's spiritual transformation. I found the book extremely informative of her research and extremely thought provoking on the question most people ask about life and death. It makes you stop and think about each and every day we live and how we must strive to make the very most of every moment. Worth reading and re-reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, needed addition to NDE literature.
This book is great. Negative NDEs serve the same purpose as positive ones, to teach purpose and meaning in life. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2000 by Leroy Kattein
1.0 out of 5 stars A Grain (Make That A Ton) Of Salt
As with other books and videos I would prefer to give this material no stars. Since Amazon requires some grade, I give it the lowest one possible for the following reasons. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2000 by "brother-light"
1.0 out of 5 stars Dubious Blessings
I give this book one star for being easy to read. Otherwise it is a book of dubious blessings. I cannot believe that even Catholics who died and were resurrected came back... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best in the Field
There are hundreds of books on the subject of Near Death Experience (or NDE). Most of them are filled with positive experiences such as meeting loved ones, angels, and beautiful... Read more
Published on July 23 2000 by Deborah A. Woehr
5.0 out of 5 stars Orginal account
This book offers a new perspective to the NDE and it is filled with interviews that add to its' impact. It is an easy read and done in a research style. Read more
Published on April 27 2000 by Eugene H. Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Blessing
There's no denying it. Blessing in Disguise is a true blessing. Many books have been written about the near-death experience (NDE), but this is the first book to thoroughly... Read more
Published on March 25 2000 by Donald R. Morse
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the Best NDE books
There have been a number of good books on the near-death experience over the past 25 years, but this one must certainly rank among the very best. Read more
Published on March 20 2000 by Michael E. Tymn
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