Danison presents an account of spiritual beliefs gleaned from her near-death experience.
At 43, Danison (Backwards Guidebook, 2009, etc.) died shortly before an operation. After a brief period where her heart stopped due to anaphylactic shock or hypoglycemia, she spontaneously revived. During the time that she was dead, however, Danison experienced a series of profound visions that would dramatically influence the rest of her life. In her third book concerning near-death experiences, the author sets out to compare the spiritual truths she learned during the experience with ideas from organized religion. She describes realizing or remembering truths about the universe, witnessing the Big Bang and understanding that beings are not truly individuals but manifestations of God. The book describes Danison’s experiences in simplistic prose using New Age terms, referring to her experiences as “knowings,” God as “the Source” and those in the afterlife as “Light Beings.” Throughout her near-death experience, Danison realized that humans never learned Christian dogma and teachings from the Source. Instead, they constructed religious ideas and the concept of a messiah who will lead them back to the divine and out of fear and an inability to understand that humans are the Source—they exist as thoughts and fragments of the Source’s consciousness. The book provides typical apocalyptic warnings, describing a “transitional period” beginning around 2013 that involves natural disasters, mass pandemics and flooding. Disappointingly, the book doesn’t provide a very complex investigation of near-death experiences and religion, instead skimming over the basic history of Christianity and comparing it to Danison’s experience, such as her witnessing the evolution of Christianity from early disjointed groups. Likewise, while Danison’s visions may theoretically have been hallucinations, the book presents them as physical and spiritual truths. Readers interested in near-death experiences may find the book compelling for its depiction of reality, but those who don’t accept Danison’s experience at face value will struggle with the text.
Too narrow in scope to provide a legitimate comparison between near-death experiences and organized Christianity.