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The first half of this book is filled with memories of growing up in the rural south. The descriptions are of a life that most Americans are only a generation or two removed from and it is an enjoyable experience to remember this way of life. The doctor's memoir is written in a circle, starting from a hospital room, going back to a childhood on a farm, and eventually we come back to the same hospital room.
As the doctor recalls his life journey, the listeners have an opportunity to remember the America of our grandparents and parents, perhaps we had a taste of it ourselves if we are bit older, of the family values, the religious roots, and small town lifestyle.
Woven throughout this book are the doctor's personal spiritual experiences and evolution. He relates his experiences to Christian beliefs with God, Jesus, Angels, and Heaven as a greater and more vivid experience than Earth. His experiences are in dreams, intuition, or even personal experience in the day. He repeatedly experiences a brief sighting of a glow of light as a patient dies, and even the same beautiful scent each time as the veil parts between heaven and the patient's room, or the feel of a warm movement of air.
With a patient who died that was cruel and abusive in his lifetime, and unrepentant to the end, the doctor had a different experience - there was a chill in the air and a scent of sulfur during his passing.
Interestingly, the doctor spoke of feeling with his hands where illness would be in a patient's body, and some of the stories shared how he let his instinct lead him to order further tests on a patient that common sense would lead a doctor to stop and send the patient home.
For people who have done a lot of reading on OBE (Out of Body) or NDE (Near Death Experiences) there would be instant recognition of many of the spiritual experiences this deeply Christian physician describes. And, it is possible that he hasn't read or been influenced by OBE / NDE books by Robert Monroe, William Buhlman, Dr. Eben Alexander, etc. Christian beliefs would exclude experiences in the books of Dr. Brian Weiss or Dr. Michael Newton, but the similar events related are recognizable.
Readers of books of a more spiritual bent rather than Christian would recognize this doctor as being an advanced soul or spirit because of his gifts, leadership, and good works.
This is a man who would be recognized in the spiritual readership as having some inborn skills of a shaman due to his physical experiences of touch, hearing, seeing, and smelling that which other people could not, but because he completely identifies as a Christian medical doctor, that is not the emphasis of this book. The vividly colored and scented beautiful places he experiences on the other side are recognizable to people who see the vastness and great diversity in what some call the astral plane as that portion which is related to by Christians and where Christians first go in their transitional evolution.
It's a graceful and beautiful book. There is gentle and self-deprecating humor to make the listener smile and there are portions that may cause the eyes to tear up and maybe put a lump in the listener's throat. There are some fascinating and mysterious events and miracles too. Most of all, there are good people who sometimes suffered tragedies, but because of family, friends, neighbors, and strong Christian beliefs survived and grew and loved and shared.
People who enjoy this book would also enjoy Making Rounds with Oscar - about a doctor and his patients - which is also a deeply moving *human experience* memoir.
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The book is misleading.. I expected stories about near death experiences as seen by a physician, but this book is about Reggie Andersons personal life, from childhood to present, about falling in love with his now wife, about how his religious beliefs have helped him in every aspect of his life. It's basically a book on Christian belief. I tried to listen to it off and on for almost a year and finally gave up, as it does not have any content I expected from the title and description. Although Reggie seems like a very kind and nice man, and his story is written with humor and love, it just isn't about what I thought it was.. He's very clearly a man with strong Christian conviction, so if you enjoy reading about that, you'll enjoy his story.. If you are hoping to read about patients who had near death experiences or were healed after encounters with the hereafter, you just won't find that in this book. Disappointing...
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