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Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

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34 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

First off, I'll admit I am not one for the "cookie cutter&q

First off, I'll admit I am not one for the "cookie cutter" spiritual self-help publishing franchise, and I am extremely skeptical about anything that gets pumped out using a medium who's primary motivation is profit.

Being a near death experiencer myself, it ...
First off, I'll admit I am not one for the "cookie cutter" spiritual self-help publishing franchise, and I am extremely skeptical about anything that gets pumped out using a medium who's primary motivation is profit.

Being a near death experiencer myself, it troubles me to see these experiences being exploited for religious purposes like we currently see running rampant with Colton Burpo's million best seller which is a signature of the quality these cookie cutters offer, and reminds me of the quote "don't let the truth get in the way of a good story."

Books like "Dying to be Me" are usually relegated to the self-publishing venues because they are not what the cookie cutters would consider a winner (profit!) and a good example of the quality of self-publishing is August Goforth's excellent book "The Risen".

Yet, once in awhile the cookie cutters manage to get it right and back a refreshing gem, and "Dying to Be Me" by first time author Anita Moorjani is such a book . This to me is what makes this book so exciting and an exceedingly rare accomplishment and testament to just how powerful and beautiful Anita's NDE experience is. As an experiencer myself, and someone who has had the opportunity to know Anita for several years now since her own experience, and who has become a very dear and valued friend, I can say that Anita can speak for me anytime because she doesn't tell you how, she shows you how...every day...in every deed...in every movement. She truly walks the walk and that is her gift to us. In Anita being who she is, she gives me the self-confidence to attempt.

Anita sets this book up magnificently (pun intended) and if the reader is at all interested in NDE's, this should be a must read!

Anita openly shares her cultural upbringing, bares all and holds nothing to chance. Her honesty is not only welcoming, it is truly refreshing. Cultural influences are very important, and often confusing aspect of understanding any NDE. Because the experience itself is so "real", most people get lost in the cultural morasses that forms the dawn of awakening. There are very few experiencers that are willing to admit to this truth, or are willing to look beyond it. For them their experience is a verification of what they want Gods to be.

Very few can get past that and see the cultural influences are generated to comfort and alleviate the experiencers own fear of death. For once, we have an experiencer who is willing to tell it like it is, to share what happens when you finally release and let go of your own expectations of What God needs to be. The results are profound, and what makes Dying to be Me a true gem for those willing to let go of their security blankets. What is so special about Anita's account, and this book, is that she takes us further into the death process than most, because she gave into the moment and released her fear of death that held her experience within the confines of her cultural expectations. This is something VERY FEW are willing or capable of doing or willing to share and what makes this book so important. She should be applauded for her honesty, and her tenacity to be who she is regardless of incredible pressure to conform to cultural, societal and political demands that are usually required by the cookie cutter self-help franchise which usually shy's away from such material as unprofitable.


This is what is truly remarkable about "Dying to be Me" for me. Anita has a incredible gift in bringing words to life, to bring the emotion to the words that create the images in the readers mind , which in and of itself is usually impossible to accomplish. Her description of her experience itself, is so beautifully written, it sent me to tears more than once. She brought my experience back to life. Her experience, so like my own, differs only in cultural manifestations. Her NDE commentary will touch your heart in ways even you won't be able to understand. Allow it to touch your heart, and I promise you it will change the way you view yourself, and the world.

Right now the reader has a plethora of NDE books out there to peruse, thanks to the cookie cutter school of self-help publishing. There are many choices. In one corner we have Colton Burpo, who saw Jesus, and therefore sells millions of books because his experience plays to what people WANT or NEED to hear... In corner two we have Anita Moorjani, who tells it like it is.

Anita Moorjani ain't Colton Burpo, nor does she have to be. Two contrasting versions. It now becomes our choice what you choose to believe and trust in. I'll trust Anita any day.

posted by TurtleDT on March 7, 2012

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8 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

Dying To Be Me

In places this books is very redundant. Anita describes her pre-NDE life as being raised in a non-Christian, extreme subservient, oppressive environment. As a result, she sufferred much self-doubting and lived a fear-based life.

Post-NDE she lives a life of love a...
In places this books is very redundant. Anita describes her pre-NDE life as being raised in a non-Christian, extreme subservient, oppressive environment. As a result, she sufferred much self-doubting and lived a fear-based life.

Post-NDE she lives a life of love and peace. Anita experienced uncondional love but hesitates to identify Christ or God. She does recognize her family members that had passed. She writes that her father took her to a threshold and communicated to her that she could not enter in unless shr decided to remain (dead) .

It seems she was in some realm of waiting universe not allowed through the threshold to the eternal realm which my Christian belief leads to the many Kingdoms of God. Although Anita brings a very positive message of how to live life, she cannot profess her NDE as a true depiction of what the eternal realm is like. She was in a "holding room" and therefore cannot describe anything that can be construed as what life beyond the veil is--Only that life does exist beyond this earth life and first impression was magnificent!

I am so happy for Anita's new outlook on life. She deserves it after the suffering she has experienced. I was dissapointed in her views on religion and God. A very sad way to live life.

posted by 18236907 on March 22, 2012

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