Blessing in Disguise: Another Side of the Near Death Experience Paperback – Apr 8 2000
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1: Many if not most of the so called near death experiences occured while the subject were under the influence of illegal drugs or under medication in a hospital. Since the brain is sensitive to such, one must be skeptical.
2: Doctor Rommer interviewed atheists and folks of all faiths, Catholics included who died and came back to life and yet not once recorded any affirmation or denial of the rites and rituals of those faiths. Atheists were reported to have been given no direction to join a church. Catholics did not learn if recieving the Sacraments was right or wrong. Jews were not told that keeping kosher or going to synagogue was needed for salvation. I say the problem is not with the subjects but with Doctor Rommer who has a problem with organized religion, doctrine, and dogma and perhaps thinks in good conscience such is not needed for salvation.
3: The most profound spiritual change in these resurrected folks is a greater increase in philanthropy and charity. Well enough but with out personal growth in God by way of study, prayer, and ritual I doubt one can attain salvation. Sanctity as taught by the Catholic Church is not attainable on acts of charity alone.
4: Many of those who died and came back returned without substantial changes in their personalities. One woman even came back advocating euthanasisa and mercy killing of the elderly and cripples! I cannot believe the so called spiritual beings she saw in death advocated a genocide in the name of charity!
This book has made me more skeptical of near death experiences than before I read it. Of course with anything of this nature one must always take it with a grain (make that a ton) of salt! Thus so I do not believe the so called near death experiences as reported by Doctor Rommer were real.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar "Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2002
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. Read morePublished on June 9 2001
I happen to know Dr. Barbara Rommer. I was also one of the many people whom she interviewed for this book. Read morePublished on June 4 2001 by M
This book is great. Negative NDEs serve the same purpose as positive ones, to teach purpose and meaning in life. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2000 by Leroy Kattein
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 morePublished on Aug. 22 2000
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 morePublished on July 23 2000 by Deborah Woehr
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 morePublished on April 27 2000 by Eugene H. Steele
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 morePublished on March 25 2000 by Donald R. Morse