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Why not share! Embed Size px. Start on. Show related SlideShares at end. WordPress Shortcode. Full Name Comment goes here. I also learned so much from it about the spirit world that has been confirmed over and over by others who have also had NDEs and wrote about them. Thanks you George Ritchie for such a wonderful book. I wrote a review on one of my blogs many years ago.
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I first read it in after being introduced to it by a friend. It was written and published in Ritchie is a retired psychiatrist who had a remarkable experience when he was a year-old private during WWII in He died while in an army hospital. What happened during those nine minutes is the subject of the book.
I have known people who have died and been resuscitated. None of them have claimed any memories of what happened to them during their near-death experiences. Ritchie's NDE is not unique but it is one of the most profound, complete and telling experiences ever related and documented. Did George Ritchie really die? I don't know but I loved his book. Now admittedly he had help crafting it. The story is compellingly told and is an easy one-evening read at pages.
I was fascinated from the beginning and could not put it down. I have reread it several times and refer to it often to refresh my memory of some of the sections that contain unique insights into things that he saw on his journey that I have found nowhere else in literature. Some have dismissed the book as fiction, and others as fantasy but I am compelled to believe Dr. Ritchie's story although some of his interpretations of the events that happened to him may be open to question.
I'll just share one point from the book that introduces a theme of future discussion for this blog. On page 59 of the paperback edition Dr. Ritchie is relating some of the early scenes of his journey while out of his body. He is observing some differences in the beings that he is seeing before him: "Gradually I began to notice something else.
This luminosity moved as they moved, like a second skin made out of pale, scarcely visible light. A number of the men standing at the bar seemed unable to lift their drinks to their lips. Over and over I watched them clutch at their shot glasses, hands passing through the solid tumblers, through the heavy wooden counter top, through the very arms and bodies of the drinkers around them. And these men, every one of them, lacked the aureole of light that surrounded the others. Then he relates something very interesting.
Two of his buddies stooped down and started dragging him away from the crush [of drinkers at the bar]. But that is not what I was looking at.
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I was staring in amazement as the bright cocoon around the unconscious sailor simply opened up. Ritchie is describing? Do you conclude as I do that it is some sort of protection or shield that is given to all mortals? Perhaps it is some sort of electrical energy that many have claimed to have discovered and documented over the years - the energy fields of the body.
What do you think - does the human body have energy fields and if so, can it be scientifically proven? If you can, James Randi will give you a million dollars.
I doubt that anybody will ever be able to prove that the human body has energy fields. I also doubt that anybody will ever be able to prove that there is a spirit within the human body. Not being able to prove something scientifically may stop others from believing it but I choose to believe. Of course, I'm very careful about what I choose to believe.
When we left George Ritchie he was watching in astonishment as the cocoon of light that surrounded one of the mortals he saw in his journey crack and open up as he passed out drunk. The protective shield peeled away from his head and his shoulders. Continuing with the narrative on page of the book, Return From Tomorrow, we read: "Instantly, quicker than I'd ever seen anyone move, one of the insubstantial beings who had been standing near him at the bar was on top of him.
He had been hovering like a thirsty shadow at the sailor's side, greedily following every swallow the young man made. Now he seemed to spring at him like a beast of prey. It all happened even before the two men had dragged their unconscious load from under the feet of those at the bar.
One minute I'd distinctly seen two individuals. By the time they propped the sailor against the wall, there was only one. Twice more, as I stared, stupefied, the identical scene was repeated. A man passed out, a crack swiftly opened in the aureole round him, one of the non-solid people vanished as he hurled himself at that opening, almost as if he had scrambled inside the other man. Was it a protection against Presumably these substance-less creatures had once had solid bodies, as I myself had had.
Suppose that when they had been in these bodies they had developed a dependence on alcohol that went beyond the physical. That became mental. Spiritual, even. Then when they lost that body, except when they could briefly take possession of another one, they would be cut off for all eternity from the one thing they could never stop craving.
In my opinion, what George Ritchie is describing is the act of being possessed, if only for a limited period of time, by another spirit being. There can be no other explanation. What do you think is the significance of what he witnessed? It's a fantastic claim, there can be no doubt about that.
How do you suppose this momentary possession would have affected the man? And who is to say how long that possession would have lasted? Could the other being have continued with him for a period of time that extended into days, weeks, months or even years? Have not alcoholics described their condition as being tormented by devils and demons?
Could this not be an explanation for addiction and a feeling of being out of control, if only for a time? Some who read this dismiss it immediately as utter nonsense. They may say such things as, "There is no such thing as a disembodied spirit being, let alone being possessed by such. George Ritchie made the whole thing up. He simply has a very fertile imagination. Maybe not. Has anyone ever interviewed George Ritchie and asked some hard questions? He has interviewed hundreds of people who claimed to have died and then were brought back to life. He called Dr.
Ritchie's account, "one of the three or four most fantastic and well-documented dying experiences known to me. Ritchie's story was 'startling' and yet remarkably similar to what hundreds and hundreds of others have described. So what do you think? Is it really possible that what George Ritchie saw and described can really happen? Can a disembodied spirit enter into the body of a mortal even if just for a little while? And if they can, what kind of an effect do they have on that mortal? Is it possible that there may be an influence left behind when they leave?
Do some never leave? Jan 02, Jamie Eskelson rated it it was amazing. A super short read, this book tells the true story of a young man who has an out of body experience during WW2. I've often been a little bit put off by some of the "near-death-experience" books that I've read in the past.
They tend to be lacking in description, seem a bit far fetched, and focus on promoting the writer through the experiences they had. That was not the case in this book. What I loved most about it was the after thoughts and philosophies the writer develops through out his life, b A super short read, this book tells the true story of a young man who has an out of body experience during WW2. What I loved most about it was the after thoughts and philosophies the writer develops through out his life, because of the experience he had.
How the experience changed him for the better and put his feet on the path of true devotion to God. I absolutely loved it and found my self underlining much of the last half of the book. A couple of favorite quotes I wondered if we always had to die Jul 29, Margie rated it liked it. Not sure what I think. A story of what one man experienced when he died and then came back to life.
He seemed to be sad throughout his telling of what happened. May 29, Consuela rated it really liked it.
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I read this book a few years ago, but picked it up again and reread it. It gives one a lot to think about and I was very touched by this man's experience of dying and coming back to life and how he at first tried to push it out of his life, but eventually embraced it and let it teach him and guide the rest of his life. He also is very humble -- he's not the type to preach to others but just tries to put into practice the lessons he learned and gently share them with those who ask about it.
Durin I read this book a few years ago, but picked it up again and reread it. During his "death" he speaks of a personal presence which he seems to think was a personal Jesus.
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But he expands this concept as he writes on to include the ever-present Christ which he is able to see shine through many as his life continues. Helms was humble, friendly and thought about others rather than himself. He writes: "It was Christ who all this time had been looking at me out of Jack Helms' eyes. The acceptance. The caring. The joy. Of course I had encountered them in a hospital room in Texas, and now, five thousand miles away, I met them again on a hillside in France.
They were echoes only, this time, imperfect, transmitted through a fallible human being. But at least I knew now from Whom the message was coming The very nature of the Person I had met was His now-ness. He was overwhelmingly and everywhere Present, no that no other time could even exist where He was. It's short but has some powerful ideas. Aug 05, Marina Quattrocchi rated it it was amazing. There are countless books written by people who were clinically dead who miraculously came back to life. Many of these books are fascinating, but have only short accounts of the time they had crossed over.
This is not the case with George G. Richie's book "Return From Tomorrow. Almost the entire book is the account of Richie's experience where he was dead for nine minut There are countless books written by people who were clinically dead who miraculously came back to life. Almost the entire book is the account of Richie's experience where he was dead for nine minutes at the age of 20, in , while in an army hospital suffering from double pneumonia. I couldn't put the book down and read it in two nights. Richie who later became a respected psychiatrist, and teacher, was the inspiration behind Dr.
Raymond Moody's books on the afterlife. Richie's books contains vivid accounts of the realms or dimensions he was shown which correspond to our ideas of hell, purgatory, the astral realm, and heaven. The two most important concepts Richie took away from the experience were his reaction to the question by Jesus, "What have you done with your life to show me? He realized all of his actions had been for his own satisfaction or glory. After a vivid life review described in detail he also realized that learning to love unconditionally the way he was by the Presence of light who guided him, is the most important asset we can gain in life.
This book is very readable at only pages, but contains wisdom that is life changing. Sep 25, S rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in I did enjoy the easy read, the overall story and his thoughts on life at the end loving others and making our time here an enjoyable one. He had a very profound experience and one that has altered his view of the world.
As for "near-death experience", well, yeah in the most basic form of the phrase. Did his "spirit" leave his body, walk with Christ and then return to his body? Maybe, but I kind of doubt it. I'm guessing he told this story many times before he ended up writing it down or told I did enjoy the easy read, the overall story and his thoughts on life at the end loving others and making our time here an enjoyable one. I'm guessing he told this story many times before he ended up writing it down or told it to the co-author of this book.
A little fuzzy on how that worked. Stories tend to change as we tell them over and over again.
He had a temperature of I believe. Yeah, you're gonna be hallucinating some pretty crazy things. I remember as a child with a fever, I saw little workers on my bed building something. They felt totally real to me and I could touch them and everything. Fever's will mess you up. I can't debunk everything he said, but that doesn't mean we need to jump to "my soul left my body and walked with Christ through the afterlife".
There is probably a plausible explanation for most of it. Obviously, I'm not going to change anybody's mind, and it is a decent story. Jun 07, Christie Hagerman rated it really liked it. At twenty years old, Army Private Ritchie was most interested in making it through med school and earning enough money to buy a Cadillac.
When a bout with pneumonia took his life, he came face-to-face with Jesus and got a personal tour of some fascinating places. Ritchie recounts what he saw, from the disembodied, tortured souls wandering the earthly plane to a glimpse of the heavenly city and some of its inhabitants. He also describes the feelings of utter peace and love while in the presence of At twenty years old, Army Private Ritchie was most interested in making it through med school and earning enough money to buy a Cadillac. He also describes the feelings of utter peace and love while in the presence of the Son of God.
If he believed he was really in the presence of Jesus, the proper question is, "How could it not dominate his every act and decision for the rest of his life? About Publish Join Sign In.
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