Books

Intro to NDEs, Military NDEs, General NDEs, Brain Function Perspective, Distressing NDEs, Gay/Lesbian, Good Reads, Hospice, Spiritual, Suicide, Autobiography/Biography/Personal Accounts, Summaries/Overviews

INtroduction to Near-Death Experiences

Fenwick, Peter & Elizabeth Fenwick (1995). The Truth in the Light. New York: Berkley Books.  Report by a well-respected neuropsychiatrist and his wife, based on a careful study of over 300 NDEs in the United Kingdom.

Grey, Margot (1985). Return from Death: An Exploration of the Near-Death Experience. London, England: Arkana. A fine, comprehensive study, the first in Britain.

Hagan, John C. III (Ed.) (2017). The Science of Near-Death Experiences. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press. Evidence-based research on NDEs by physicians and scientists, including those who themselves have had an NDE. The recollections of NDErs often refute physicians' scientific explanation of how an oxygen-starved brain can produce such vivid recollections.

Moody, Raymond (1975). Life After Life. New York: Bantam. The book that began it all. Easy reading, basic. An excellent phenomenological treatment of NDEs. While some findings have since been clarified and expanded by further research, this book remains the basic work in the field of near-death studies.

Moody, Raymond & Paul Perry (2010). Glimpses of Eternity: Sharing a Loved One's Passage from This Life to the Next. Guideposts. On the related phenomenon of Shared Death Experiences in which persons present at the death of a loved one experience leaving their own body, viewing the life review of their loved one and traveling part-way toward the Light.

Miller, J. Steve (2012). Near-Death Experiences as Evidence for the Existence of God and Heaven: A Brief Introduction in Plain Language. Miller presents the latest evidence from NDEs in this well-researched introduction in plain English.

Ring, Kenneth (1982). Life at Death: A Scientific Investigation of the Near-Death Experience. The first quantifiable attempt to describe the NDE itself. Most other researchers have corroborated the basic findings reported in this book.

Ring, Kenneth (1985). Heading toward Omega: In search of the meaning of the near-death experience. New York: Quill. The early work documenting changes after anHarper Collins. NDE.

Ring, Kenneth (1999). Mindsight: Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences in the Blind. Palo Alto, CA: William James Center for Consciousness Studies. Evidence that the blind can see during NDEs and OBEs and that during NDEs sight has a different quality and is a kind of "transcendental awareness" referred to as "mindsight".

Rivas, Titus, Anny Dirven & Rudolf Smit (2016). The Self Does Not Die: Verified paranormal phenomena from near-death experiences. Durham, NC: IANDS Publications. A compilation of 104 accounts of paranormal phenomena during NDEs that were later verified as accurate by independent sources. The authors include an extensive discussion of the implications of these cases for the question of survival of physical death, as well as the arguments skeptics have raised. The authors have gone back to the original sources—the people involved in each case, whenever possible—rather than relying on secondhand sources. This is a unique collection of empirical data that any scholar worthy of the name must take into account.

Sabom, Michael B. (1984). Recollections of Death: A Medical Investigation. A clearly written and fascinating discussion of the first physician-conducted study of near-death experiences, with special attention to verifiable out-of-body experiences.

Sutherland, Cherie (1992). Transformed by the Light: Life after Near-Death Experiences. Sydney, Australia: Bantam. Includes near-death experiences of children.

Sutherland, Cherie (1995). Reborn in the Light. Bantam. Examining the effects of the near-death phenomenon and what survivors have come to believe about life, a collection of case stories offers their messages of hope, peace, joy, and life after life.

van Lommel, P. (2010). Consciousness Beyond Life: The science of the near-death experience. Harper Collins. Scientific evidence that the near-death phenomenon is an authentic experience demonstrating that consciousness can be experienced separate from the body.

Military Near-Death Experience

Harris, Shilo (Ret) US Army Staff Sgt & Overby Cox, Robin (2015). Steel Will: My Journey through Hell to Become the Man I Was Meant to Be.  Aba, MI, Baker Books. This is a story of a God who shapes us into the people he wants us to be. And in that way, this is the story of all of us. Anyone whose life has been touched by tragedy and loss, especially military families dealing with PTSD, TBI, amputations, and other realities of wartime service, will find strength, encouragement, and inspiration in this moving memoir.

Johnson, James (Ret) Assistant US Navy Secretary (2001). Beyond Defeat: The “Johnny” Johnson Story.  Nampa, Idaho, Pacific Pr Pub Assn. The provocative autobiography of an American patriot who used the weapon of love to conquer hate and live…Beyond Defeat.

Krackau, Genny (2018).  Beyond The Explosion: Stories of the Light. Christian Faith Publishing, Meadville, PA. In this book you will read what each service member experienced in battle while they describe in detail their war experience including the NDE, OBE and STE, the after-affect, and about the war. Every story is unique and personal. These are the experiencer’s words, thoughts and feelings as dictated to the author. Genny also has been active in IANDs.

Musick, Stephen R. & Pastor, Paul J. (2017). Life After Heaven: How My Time in Heaven Can Transform Your Life on Earth. Penguin Random House. After a deadly medical mistake sent a Navy sailor to the presence of Jesus, he returned from his near-death experience with new eyes to see the kingdom of heaven in this life. Now he wants to help you experience heaven on earth today. 

Ritchie, George, Jr. MD & Sherrill, Elizabeth (1978).  Return From Tomorrow.  Waco, TX: Chosen Books. A classic. The account that inspired Raymond Moody to inquire ito the phenomenon that he eventually named the “near-death experience”.

Ritchie, George, Jr. MD & Sherrill, Elizabeth (1991).  Return From Tomorrow.  Ada, MI: Chosen Books. In 1943, A US Private, at age 20, “died “, in an Army hospital for nine minutes.  He experienced one of the most amazing visions of the after-life ever recorded.  Awarded the Campus Life Mark of Excellence.

Ritchie, George, Jr. MD & Stevenson, Jan MD (1978). My Life After Dying: How 9 Minutes in Heaven Taught Me How to Live on Earth.  Newburyport, MA: Hampton Books. Dr. Ritchie tells what happened to him after his NDE, including the real miracles he experienced in his years of practice as a physician and psychiatrist. Included here are powerful stories of physical and emotional healing that were informed by those nine minutes on “the other side.”  

Sudman, Natalie (2012).  Application of Impossible Things:  A  Near–Death Experience in Iraq. Ozark Mountain. An amazing story of a female civilian employee of the Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq. She was riding in a truck with other men when a roadside bomb destroyed the vehicle. She vividly recounts her Near-Death Experience when she went out of the body to the spirit world.   

Vandenbush, Bill (2016). If Morning Never Comes: A Soldier's Near-Death Experience on the Battlefield. "If Morning Never Comes" takes you on a journey where the tragedy of war nearly destroys a young man and introduces him to a spiritual force that guides him on his path through life. This book teaches the lessons of how to overcome overwhelming odds and find purpose in life, while entertaining the reader with it's compelling story.

Near-Death Experience - General

Atwater, PMH (2007). The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences: The Ultimate Guide to What Happens When We Die. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publisher. A popular and prolific author presents a thorough introduction to the subject of NDEs, along with some of the more controversial and unsubstantiated opinions about causes and effects. (An earlier edition of this book was titled Complete Idiot's Guide to Near-Death Experiences.)

Atwater, PMH (2001). Coming Back to Life: Examining the After-Effects of the Near-Death Experience. (rev. ed.). Sacramento, CA: Citadel Press. A mingling of observation, analysis, and metaphysical speculation. Experiencers say, “She tells it like it is” about aftereffects and experiencer reactions.

Berman, Phillip L. (1998). The Journey Home: What Near-Death Experiences and Mysticism Teach Us About the Meaning of Life and Living. New York: Pocket Books. A thoughtful presentation of NDEs, well reviewed by book-buyers at Amazon.

Carter, Chris (2010). Science and the Near-Death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions. Philosophical argument based on evidence from NDEs, physics and consciousness research that consciousness survives death.

Corcoran, Diane, ed. (2004) When Ego Dies: A Compilation of Near-Death and Mystical Conversion Experiences. Houston, TX: Emerald Ink. A collection of relatively brief pieces by members of the IANDS local support group of the Houston, TX, area.

Cox-Chapman, Mally. (1995). The Case for Heaven: Near-Death Experiences as Evidence of the Afterlife. NDEs as evidence of an afterlife.

DeWitt-Maltby, Deirdre. (2012). While I Was Out…God Came In.  Sharing Lessons Learned from The Other Side. Bloomington, IN: Xlibris, LLC.   After a near fatal accident and subsequent coma, the author was propelled into a twelve day odyssey that would rock her known world. She was introduced to the full divine aspect of who she was, and received an acute awareness of the Creator.  The spiritual lessons learned both during and after her NDE rewrote her “internal direction manual.” Deirdre also has been active in IANDS.

Ellis, Ann Frances (2012). Revelations of Profound Love: New Insights into the Power of Love from Near-Death Experiences. Tulsa, OK: Trial of Hope Publishing. Ann Ellis recounts insights from nearly 500 near-death experiencers illustrating the different aspects of love commonly found in NDEs.

Fenwick, Peter & Elizabeth Fenwick (2008). The Art of Dying: A Journey to Elsewhere. New York: Continuum. Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick describe their ground-breaking research into the end of life phenomena, including near-death experiences, shared-death experiences, deathbed visions of the dying person and other phenomena surrounding death, as well as the experiences of hospice and palliative care workers and relatives of dying people.

Fox, Mark. (2002). Religion, Spirituality and the Near-Death Experience. London: Routledge. Well done overview of a complex topic.

Gallup, George., Jr., with W. Proctor (1982). Adventures in Immortality: A look beyond the threshold of death. New York:  McGraw Hill. Overview of NDEs in the context of a Gallup study of American beliefs about death and life after death. Frequently referenced in other works.

Kason, Yvonne. (2008, rev. ed.). Farther Shores: How Near-Death and Other Extraordinary Experiences Can Change Ordinary Lives. Toronto: iPublishing. Comprehensive description of the varieties of potentially spiritually transformative experiences, their aftereffects, and suggestions for coping by a physician who has had more than one transformative NDE. Contains hard-to-find information on the sometimes alarming symptoms of kundalini energy.

Kellehear, Allan (1996). Experiences Near-Death: Beyond Medicine and Religion. New York: Oxford University Press. A cross-cultural and sociological approach to NDEs, their cultural and psychological response and why they occur. Ken Ring called it “an absolute must read for any serious student of the NDE.”

Morse, Melvin & Paul Perry (1990). Closer to the Light: Learning from the Near-Death Experiences of Children. New York: Ballantine. A pediatrician’s description of children’s NDEs.

Morse, Melvin & Paul Perry (2001). Transformed by the Light: The Powerful Effect of Near-Death Experiences on People's Lives. Piatkus Books. Those who return from the brink of death are profoundly changed for the better, both spiritually and physically, for the rest of their lives.

Ring, Kenneth & Evelyn Elsaesser-Valarino (1998). Lessons from the Light: What We Can Learn from the Near-Death Experience. Portsmouth, NH: Moment Point Press. What non-NDErs can learn from the NDE.

Sabom, Michael (1998).  Light and Death: One Doctor's Fascinating Account of Near-Death Experiences. Includes a detailed description of Pam Reynolds' NDE during hypothermic "standstill" brain surgery. Has an evangelical Christian perspective.

Brain Function Perspective

Beauregard, Mario (2012). Brain Wars: The scientific battle over the existence of the mind and the proof that will change the way we live our lives. New York: Harper One. This book presents near-death experiences as one of several lines of evidence that "strongly challenge the mainstream neuroscientific view that mind and consciousness result solely from brain activity".

Beauregard, Mario and Denise O’Leary (2007). The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul. New York: Harper One. 

Blackmore, Susan (1993). Dying to Live: Near-Death Experiences. London: Grafton/Harper Collins. Explains NDEs as a product of brain function. Provocative.

Bradley-Hagerty, Barbara (2009). Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality. New York: Riverhead (Penguin).

Distressing ndes

Bush, Nancy Evans (2012). Dancing Past the Dark: Distressing Near-Death Experiences. This book is the first comprehensive exploration of disturbing NDEs and how people interpret them. The book is packed with solid information and first-person narratives that, although marked by dismaying and even terrifying features, turn out to have something vital to say about life itself.

Bush, Nancy Evans (2016). The Buddha in Hell and Other Alarms: Distressing Near-Death Experiences in Perspective. Most interpretations of hellish NDEs assume the experiences exist as punishment. What if evidence shows that's not entirely true? This book seeks to understand distressing NDEs in the context of NDEs in general, to understand the concept of hell, and to find alternative ways to approach distressing NDEs through religious ideas and psychological insights.

Ellwood, Gracia Fay (2001). The Uttermost Deep: The Challenge of Painful Near-Death Experiences. New York: Lantern Books. Deeply thoughtful analysis of NDE phenomena. Addresses in general the implications of NDEs and a discussion of, "painful" NDEs in Chapter 4.

Rommer, Barbara. (2000). Blessing in Disguise: Another side of the near-death experience. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn. Overview of what the author calls “less-than-positive” NDEs.

Gay/Lesbian

Dale, Liz (2001). Crossing Over & Coming Home: Twenty-One Authors Discuss the Gay Near-Death Experience as Spiritual Transformation.  Houston, Texas: Emerald Ink, 2001. GLBT (gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered) NDErs describe their experiences and aftereffects.

Good Reads

Cardeña, E., S. J. Lynn & Stanley Krippner (2000). Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. The APA’s first formal acknowledgment of non-ordinary experiences. Excellent chapter on NDEs by a foremost NDE researcher, psychiatrist Bruce Greyson.

Guggenheim, Bill, & Judy Guggenheim (1995).  Hello from Heaven. New York: Bantam. Summarizes reports of the incidence and types of after-death communication.

Kelly, Edward et al. (includes Bruce Greyson). Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. Comprehensive and detailed empirical proof that the reductive, materialistic belief that mind equals brain is not just incomplete, but false.

James, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature. The great classic study of religious and spiritual experiences, by the great classic scholar and pioneer in psychology.

Newton, Michael. (1994). Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications. Using a special hypnosis technique to reach the hidden memories of subjects, Dr. Newton discovered some amazing insights into what happens to us between lives.

Newton, Michael. (2000). Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications. Dr. Newton presents 70 additional case histories of people who were regressed into their lives between lives. He also provides more details about various aspects of life on the other side.

Parnia, Sam. (2007). What Happens When We Die?: A Groundbreaking Study into the Nature of Life and Death. London: Hay House. Up-to-the-minute data and theory about what is known about mind, brain, and consciousness as demonstrated by NDEs. Excellent information, especially for the scientifically minded reader.

Parnia, Sam. (2013). Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death. Harper One. Dr. Parnia reveals that death is not a moment in time. Death, rather, is a process—a process that can be interrupted well after it has begun. Innovative techniques have proven to be effective in revitalizing both the body and mind, but they are only employed in approximately half of the hospitals throughout the United States and Europe. Dr. Parnia discusses some of the preliminary results of the AWARE study of NDEs in cardiac arrest.

Schwartz, Robert. (2009). Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born. Berkeley, CA: Frog Books. Schwartz explores the premise that we are all eternal souls who plan our lives, including our greatest challenges, before we are born for the purpose of spiritual growth.

Schwartz, Robert. (2012). Your Soul's Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born.Schwartz develops the idea of pre-birth planning further by exploring the pre-birth planning of spiritual awakening, miscarriage and abortion, caregiving, abusive relationships, sexuality, incest, adoption, poverty, suicide, rape, and mental illness.

Swedenborg, Emmanuel. (2009, reissue). Heaven and Hell. West Chester, PA: Swedenborg Foundation, Inc. A description of the spiritual world as experienced by the famous 18th century Swedish mystic.

Hospice

Callanan, Maggie, & Patricia Kelley (1992). Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communication of the Dying. New York: Bantam. Two hospice nurses describe the experiences of dying patients.

Callanan, Maggie (2008) Final Journeys: A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort at the End of Life. New York: Bantam.

Kircher, Pamela (1995). Love is the Link: A hospice doctor shares her experience of near-death and dying. Burdett, NY: Larson. Unique perspective from an author who is, herself, a childhood NDEr.

Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth (1997 reprint ed.). On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Families. The classic book that raised American consciousness about the experiences and needs of the dying.

SpiRitual

Grof, Stanislav. (1989). Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis. New York: Tarcher.

King, Godfre Ray (1938). The Saint Germain Series: Volume 1: Unveiled Mysteries, Volume 2: The Magic Presence. Schaumburg, IL: The Saint Germain Press. Both volumes were written by G. W. Ballard using the pen name Godfre Ray King.  Both volumes are factual events described by the author meeting the Ascended Master Saint Germain and other Transcendent Beings of Light.  In these books, Mr. Ballard describes in detail his numerous Spiritually Transcendent Experiences (STEs) while in their association.

King, Godfre Ray (1939). The Saint Germain Press. The Saint Germain Series, Volume 3: The “I AM” Discourses.  Schaumburg, IL. This book is a collection of word for word “I AM” Instruction on the Cosmic Laws of the Life dictated over a Light and Sound Ray by Saint Germain to Mr. and Mrs. Guy W. Ballard. This collection of Discourses describes the Ascended Masters’ use of the words “I AM”.

Price, John COL TX NG (Ret) Military Chaplain (2013).  Revealing Heaven: The Eyewitness Accounts That Changed How a Pastor Thinks About the Afterlife. San Francisco, CA: Harper One. This book makes the case for how NDEs can be gifts from God and are fully compatible with Christian spirituality and the Bible.  As a pastor open to NDEs, he has heard more than 200 personal accounts of this phenomena.

Suicide

Rogers, Sandi. (1995). Lessons from the Light: In-Sights from a Journey to the Other Side.  New York: Warner. An autobiographical account from a woman whose NDE occurred when she attempted suicide.

Autobiography/Biography/Personal Accounts

Alayna. (1997). Rag Doll: A Journey of Healing and Integration. Suffolk, England: MM Publications. Written by a woman whose NDE as an adult helped her resolve the lifelong traumatic aftereffects of childhood sexual abuse.

Alexander, Eben (2012). Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife. Dr. Alexander recounts that while his body lay in coma, he journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he spoke with the Divine source of the universe itself. Dr. Alexander's account is notable because it transformed his former skeptical, materialist viewpoint into one of insight about the spiritual nature of existence.

Arnold, Stephanie (2017). 37 Seconds: Dying Revealed Heaven's H elp. Like Proof of Heaven and To Heaven and Back, a gripping medical drama with heavenly implications in which a woman receives premonitions of her death that come true, and her discovery of the heavenly help available to all of us.

Brinkley, Dannion, & Paul Perry (1994/2008). Saved by the Light: The True Story of a Man Who Died Twice and the Profound Revelations He Received. New York: Harper One. Double NDE with two extensive life reviews. Includes Brinkley's relationship with Raymond Moody.

Burpo, Todd, & Lynn Vincent (2010). Heaven is For Real. W Publishing Group. A little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back. Best-selling story of 4-year-old Colton Burpo who, during an emergency appendectomy, slipped from consciousness and enters heaven. Colton's story includes very interesting verification of his deceased great grandfather (who died 30 years prior to Colton's birth) and his mother's prior miscarriage, with impossible-to-know details about each.

Dovel, Matthew (2003). My Last Breath. Baltimore, MD: Publish America. Distressing NDE resulting from suicide attempt.

Eadie, Betty (1992). Embraced by the Light. New York: Bantam. One of the most widely read accounts.

Farr, Sidney (1993). What Tom Sawyer Learned from Dying. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads. An informative account about one of the participants in Ken Ring’s classic research.

Moorjani, Anita (2012). Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near-Death, to True Healing. New York: Hay House. Moorjani "died" of stage 4 lymphoma in 2006. During her near-death experience she received a number of insights about the source of her cancer and was told by her deceased father that she needed to come back. She knew that she would be completely healed if she came back—and she was. Moorjani describes her experience of the nature of reality and consciousness during the NDE.

Neal, Mary (2012). To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again. Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. She recounts what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again. Her experience in heaven forever changed her life through a newfound understanding of her purpose on earth, her awareness of God, her closer relationship with Jesus, and her personal spiritual journey.

Sharp, Kimberly Clark (1995). After the Light: What I Discovered on the Other Side of Life That Can Change Your World. New York: William Morrow. The personal story of a social worker who also has been active in IANDS.

Storm, Howard (2000). My Descent into Death: A Second Chance at Life. New York: Doubleday. An autobiographical account by an art professor turned minister after his distressing NDE. He describes how his distressing NDE segment turned into a pleasant NDE.

Suleman, Azmina (2005). A Passage to Eternity: A mystical account of a Near-Death Experience and Poetic Journey into the Afterlife. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Amethyst Publishing. Rare account of a Muslim woman's NDE, including her interpretation based on her upbringing in the mystical Shia branch of Islam.

Summaries/Overviews

Bailey, Lee W., & J. Yates (Eds.) (1996). The Near-Death Experience: A Reader. New York: Routledge. Comprehensive overview of NDEs, with accounts and interpretations from writers representing a variety of fields. Excellent for classroom use or a solid grounding.

Greyson, Bruce & Charles Flynn (Eds.) (1984). The Near-Death Experience: Problems, Prospects, Perspectives. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas. The earliest and still one of the best overviews of the field.

Holden, Janice Miner, Bruce Greyson, & Debbie James (Eds.) (2009). The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation. A summary of what has been discovered about NDEs in the first three decades of research; presentations from the historic 2006 IANDS conference at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Comprehensive, scholarly.