Most of the best life after death books are by experts who have researched several case studies of near death experiences (NDEs).
There are also popular books that are personal narratives by people who have actually experienced a NDE.
Life After Death: The Evidence
Life After Life by Raymond A Moody, Jr., M.D.
Life After Life by Raymond A. Moody, Jr., M.D. is considered one of the most widely recognized and respected books about an afterlife. Moody’s book was first published in 1975.
Even though there have been records of people having glimpses of an afterlife for many centuries, Moody was the first to coin the term near death experience and examine their common underlying patterns. His pioneering research has lead the way for other doctors and researchers to continue the examination of NDEs.
Moody’s descriptions of the near death experiences of others is compelling. Anyone who has a lost a loved one will feel comforted by Moody’s descriptions of several NDE case studies and his categorization of their striking similarities. Although each NDE is different in its own way, they all share several similar characteristics.
Moody also addresses alternative explanations for near death experiences such as supernatural, scientific, and psychological explanations. He goes on to say his research does not positively conclude that there is life after death. Rather, he states that his case studies and research should open the way for further research and enlightenment about the possibility of an afterlife.
Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences by Dr. Jeffrey Long, M.D.
Dr. Jeffrey Long, M.D. founded the Near Death Experience Research Foundation in 1998. One of his main goals was to collect research from the general pubic about near death experiences, so he could separate and study the common elements of NDEs. On his Web site, NDERF.org, people who have had near death experiences answer questions through an online questionnaire.
From his data on his Web site, other case studies, and research, Long compiles nine compelling and similar elements of NDEs to prove the existence of an afterlife:
- Lucid Death
- Out of Body
- Blind Sight
- Impossibly Conscious
- Perfect Playback
- Family Reunion
- From the Mouth of Babes
- Worldwide Consistency
- Changed Lives
One of the most convincing arguments for life after death comes from the chapter Blind Sight. In this chapter Long states that blind people who have had near death experiences are able to see clearly during their NDEs. These are people who have been blind for all or most of their life, and there is no medical explanation for their ability to see so clearly during a NDE.
Closer to the Light: Learning from the Near-Death Experiences of Children by Melvin Morse, M.D.
Readers will not want to put Morse’s book down. It begins with the story of Katie, a young, shy patient who hovered close to death in a coma for three days after drowning in a swimming pool. No one expected her to live, including her doctor, Dr. Morse. Then on the third day after her accident, she simply awoke from her coma and within 24 hours was up and moving about showing no signs of brain damage.
Soon Morse discovered another miracle about Katie’s brush with death. When he spoke with her after she recovered, Katie described her visit to heaven where she saw the “Heavenly Father” and was guided by a guardian angel named Elizabeth. Katie also talked about being able to return to her home and watch her family. Finally, Katie said that God gave her a choice to stay in heaven or return to her family.
In his book, Morse describes the experiences of several children who have had near death experiences. Two of the main conclusions Morse draws from his research are people need to be near death to have a NDE, and he and his research team have isolated the area of the brain where NDEs occur.
Morse also goes into detail about deathbed visions and how the medical community tends to shun these occurrences even though they can help the dying deal with their impending deaths.
Another compelling aspect of Morse’s book is the section about “The Pure Light.” Morse states that nearly every child and approximately twenty-five percent of adults who have NDEs share an element of connecting with a Light. The Light has a profound effect and substance to it. Some people who have NDEs say God speaks from the Light. Many say the effect of the Light changes their attitude towards life for the better. Morse also states that people who have not had NDEs can also gain access to the Light, though usually not to the extent of NDEers.
Anyone who has felt the loss of a child, sibling, family member or friend will likely feel comforted from Morse’s book. He has done extensive research about children who experienced NDEs, and he shares many of their compelling stories.
Morse also mentions the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). On this Web site there is up-to-date information and comprehensive information about NDEs.
Life After Death Books: Stories
Embraced by the Light by Betty J. Eadie
Embraced by the Light by Betty J. Eadie is perhaps one of the most extensive narratives about a near death experience. Eadie’s story begins at 31 years old when she starts to die in a hospital room after hemorrhaging from a hysterectomy. She has an out-of-body experience and looks down at her body. She then meets guardian spirits who help her understand things about her life and family. She enters a dark tunnel where she feels tranquility.
The most astounding part of Eadie’s experience is she learns the answers to many of life’s questions. She also learns that loving one another is the most important thing people should do. Her near death experience not only helps people understand life after death, it also helps people realize that they have a purpose or a mission in life.
Eadie went on to write additional books such as The Awakening Heart: My Continuing Journey to Love and The Ripple Effect. You can find more information about Eadie from her official Web site Embraced by the Light.