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Storm was totally unprepared for what was to happen next. He found himself out of his body, staring at his own physical form. But this was no hallucination; he was fully aware ...

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For years Howard Storm lived the American dream. He had a fine home, a family, and a successful career as an art professor and painter. Then, without warning, he found himself in hospital in excruciating pain, awaiting an emergency operation. He realized with horror that his death was a real possibility.

Storm was totally unprepared for what was to happen next. He found himself out of his body, staring at his own physical form. But this was no hallucination; he was fully aware and felt more alive than ever before. In his spirit form, Storm was drawn into fearsome realms of darkness and death, where he experienced the terrible consequences of a life of selfishness and materialism. But his journey also took him into regions of light where he conversed with angelic beings and the Lord of Light Himself, who sent him back to earth with a message of love.

My Descent into Death is Howard Storm's full story: from his near death experience in Paris to his full recovery back home in the United States, and the subsequent transformation of his life. Storm also communicates what he learned in his conversations with heavenly spiritual beings, revealing how the world will be in the future; the real meaning of life; what happens when we die; the role of angels, and much more. What he has to say will challenge those who believe that human awareness ends with death.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781902636160
  • Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

The Journey
1 Paris 3
2 The Descent 13
3 Alone 23
4 The Light 29
5 The Argument 35
6 Wake Up 43
7 Lisa and Donald 53
8 Sent Back 59
9 Next to Heaven 67
10 Limbo 75
11 Telling the Story 83
12 Why Me? 89
The Message
13 Life Review 97
14 The Past and the Future 105
15 Angels 117
16 Reality 125
17 What Happens When We Die 135
18 Why We Are the Way We Are 147
19 Pilgrim 157
20 Everybody 161
Afterword 163
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006

    Storm is NOT a fundamentalist

    A previous reviewer described Mr. Storm as a 'fundamentalist' pastor for the United Church of Christ. This is completely inaccurate. There is nothing 'fundamentalist' about the United Church of Christ (which supports gay marriage, opposes war and injustice and even boasts a transgendered pastor). None of Storms teachings hint of fundamentalism either. For instance, he relays the explanation from the Light Beings and Jesus of how matter is formed and how it happens over long periods of time. That is called evolution--something fundamentalists refuse to believe. 'God abhors war' is another quote. Fundamentalists--at least the ones I have met--do not hold this view. You'd be hard pressed to find a fundamentalist who doesn't, for example, support the current Iraqi slaughter. Storm's own 'soul brother' in the book (e.g. the deceased person with whom he communicates) is none other than the great anti-Vietnam War and civil rights activist (and Trappist monk) Thomas Merton-- hardly a fire and brimstone type. Whoever this reviewer is needs to re read the book and refrain from coloring its message of inclusiveness for all creeds, races, nationalities, sexual orientation etc. with his/her rigid and doctrinaire beliefs. The very title of the review alone refers to the author as a 'televangelist' which is an absolute falsehood. I consider such statements an affront to and a misrepresentation of teachings of the United Church of Christ--the denomination to which I proudly belong. That said, this book changed my life. It dispelled any doubts I had about a metaphysical reality and inspired me to return to the United Church of Christ where I was christened, raised and confirmed.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2005

    Amazing

    Thank God Mr Storm had the courage to write this book and share it with us. One of the best reads in a long time

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2005

    Amazing Testimony!

    I loved this book. Howard Storm was sent back to witness and give others a second chance also. This is a great read for believers and non-belivers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    His testimony is a gift to us all

    Well written and very believable

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    Must read, message more profound than imagined

    this testimony is meant for us all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Amazing and life-altering

    This book is in no way ordinary. It has altered the way I see myself as a human and the purpose I have to love God and love all others, including enemies. The story of Jesus in the Bible is a story of God's unending love for all people, and the choice of their acceptance or rejection of this love. Howard Storm's conversations with Jesus and the angels confirm that God's overarching desire for humanity is to love fully as we are fully loved by God. Jesus, in His example on earth, fully reveals the Way to God's love and its extension to each other. Humanity has so much potential to fulfill the perfect will of God but has rebelled and has hated and killed and rejected Christ as they reject God. How powerful and comforting to know that this life is a spiritual preparation for the next life in heaven, that our choices now decide the future. This truth is the very essence of the Gospels: love the Lord and trust in him, repent from sin, and love each other. Knowing that all of heaven is watching and praying for my right choices changed my worldview and the way I view this life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    GOD LOVES US!

    I decided to read this book because my soulmate passed away a few days ago. I feel like i'm dying slowly and i pray to god to take me with him soon. I learned a lot from this book but nothing can change my mind about how i feel right now. It's the saddest and most painful thing that's ever happened to me. I keep asking god why he takes away the people that we love the most and why we have so suffer like this. I pray everyday that he takes me with him or that i at least get to see him and talk to him in my dreams but nothing has happened yet. But i still have hope that god will do something about it soon or later or whenever he thinks i'm ready. I love god and i know he knows what he's doing and i also know that everything happens for a reason. But right now i feel empy inside and i feel like nothing will ever fill that empiness inside me. I love god and i know he will soon want me to see my baby again! he was my everything, my reason for living. I miss you and i will always love you! rip until the day i hold you again!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2007

    Mommy likey

    My art teacher recommended this book to me-the book itself was very moving and impacted me deeply. I bought copies for all the special people in my life and let them pass it on from there.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    It's Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!

    I read this book on after a recommendation from my mother. It made a profound change in my life. Any time I am feeling down or need the reassurance that God truly loves me I read this book and I come out smiling(after a few tears) and knowing that I am loved wholly and unconditionally. If you need reassurances that God does exist and does love you just read this book.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Not For Me

    If you embrace traditional Christian religions, you might find this book enjoyable. Personally, I found it "preachy" and bordering on dogmatic. There are many better books on NDEs out there.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    Started off interesting, but devolves into feel good theology.

    The authors description of his NDE started off well, describing the despair of hell. A couple of problems: The author throws in criticism of America which seems to be the authors bias,that was my first problem with it. The other was the book imho devolves into feel good happy thoughts. I did like his points on how our lives affect others and that we need to learn to love others as well as ourselves. There are good lessons here, but my advice for Christians is to get better acquainted with your faith, then read books like this. Remember Paul's warning, Gal 1-8 says: "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!" NASB

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    Should be requred reading for everyone

    If you are religous or not, this book should be required reading for all who live and breathes. I cannot tell you how moved I was while I was reading the book and I didn't want to finish it. I was hungry for more. How elequent Mr. Storm is in describing his near death experiences. I know I will keep this book forever and read it over and over again. Read it! This book will an overall change on how you look at and live life!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2005

    Amazing book!

    It's difficult to describe the impact this book had on me. There is so much that I took away from this book that the only thing I can say is read it!!! =) I was a bit skeptical when I first began reading his account, but once you read it, there's no mistaking that it is sincere and very possible. I ended up passing it along to my husband, who couldn't put it down, and read it in one evening. I passed it along to my Mom, brother, his girlfriend, etc. and it had the same affect on each person. I certainly won't take this as the gospel since it is only his perspective, but everything Storm describes biblically makes sense and I couldn't find one thing that could be discredited. I recommend this to believers and non-believers alike. I think that everyone can benefit from a better understanding of God and what amazing things He wants for us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2005

    Televangelist sees the light

    Howard Storm describes an NDE he had in 1985 that totally reversed his world view from being an art professor and atheist to being a fundamentalist minister for the United Church of Christ. The book is structured into three basic phases, the NDE experience, dialog and dogma, return and recovery. The NDE experience resulted from a perforated stomach that was left untreated because he had the misfortune of entering a French hospital on a weekend at a time when the doctors go home to relax. He was in terrible pain and left his body to be met by malicious spirits which coaxed him to their dark area and then set upon him tearing at his flesh. A voice emerged from his chest saying 'Pray to God' which he thought was a stupid idea. The voice repeated the phrase and he finally tried it and saw that his attackers would retreat the more he prayed. A large, loving, luminous being came to his aid, healed his suffering and carried him upward out of the darkness to an area of light. Jesus and angels surrounded him and asked him if he would like to see his life. They showed him the scenes he would not have chosen. His navy lieutenant father was a disciplinarian who established complete authority over raising the family. 'It was horrifying to see how I had become so much like my father, putting status and success above everything else.' After the life review Howard has extended conversations and asks detailed questions about issues that were factors about his decision be be an atheist. He asked what God was like, why there were wars and why God allowed them. He asked about the Holocaust and the cold war. He was told it would end in 'a couple of years' and also that 'The world is at the beginning of a major transformation. It will be a spiritual revolution that will affect every person in the world.' He asks about the future and is shown a vision of what it will be like. He asked many questions including topics like death, creation, angels, atheism, and Jesus. 'What is the best religion?' yielded 'The religion that brings you closest to God.' The book is well written for a general audience. The author asks intelligent, probing questions and comes back from the heavens with answers of interest to us all. It is obvious that he is sincere and his life was dramatically affected. Many will probably wonder, however, why the author waited twenty years to write the story and whether his current career may have colored some of the more dogmatic statements found in the book like 'No one approaches God who does not know the mediator [Jesus] of God.' 'God doesn't want anyone to go away from God. In this world and in the next, God calls all people. No one is good enough to go to heaven, yet God wants all of us to go to heaven. We choose between God and separation from God. God's love has given us the freedom and ability to choose. God's love will allow the greatest sinner in the world to choose heaven. God will allow the kindest person to go to hell. As we live in God's love or opposed to God's love, we are making our choice. The evidence of how we express God's love is how we love one another. Jesus commanded his disciples to love one another. This is the way to heaven. The opposite is the path to hell. It's not complicated. We know in our hearts where we are going. Heaven is a gift from God we don't deserve, except for God's love for us. Hell is what we desire when we reject God.' Readers of a liberal bent may find claustrophobic passages that seem to indicate that God's heaven is not big enough for the diversity of the peoples on Earth and life throughout the Universe. Others of the fundementalist persuasion will probably feel more secure to see that a fellow traveler has embraced the NDE experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    Life Changing

    This was one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. I think this book will have the capacity to change people's life in a positive and spiritual way to become exactly the person that God intends all of us to be. It explains how you first have to love yourself so that you can love God and others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    A Book Everyone Should Read

    I read Howard Storm's book five years ago, when it was being produced by a London publisher, and have had numerous conversations with him regarding his near-death experience since then. In my opinion, his message is vital for everyone, regardless of religious persuasion. This man was a hard-core atheist prior to his near-death. Now he is a minister and missionary. That dramatic transformation alone should give anyone pause. The remarkable events leading to his transformation and the lessons he learned are even more compelling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    A Modern Day Prophet

    This account of Mr. Storm's near death experience is the first I have ever taken the time to read. It is a powerful and reassuring message of God's love for us. Everything he testifies to seeing and believing seems to be so in tune with my sense of God. This next comment will be sure to draw some fire from many, but if his story is the truth, then this book could be considered one of the most important Christian writings since the Gospels since he speaks directly to Jesus. Mr. Storm was sent back for a purpose. Thank you Mr. Storm for your testimony. God is Love!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Great book. Credible, well-written.

    Great book. Credible, well-written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Absolutely awesome and beautiful!  Everyone on the planet should

    Absolutely awesome and beautiful!  Everyone on the planet should drop whatever they're doing and READ THIS BOOK!!!  Let God change your life in the best ways possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Pope Simon Peter II y Jason James Karpinsk

    This book should be highly reviewed, studied; the actors in play are real people who will be questioned and invited to the Vatican to see the churches history. We are becoming a more "open" and "trasparent" to the world "accountable" and "truthful" led through "honesty" church. Very good stuff that truly would define all of life for all of humans NOT CONTRADICTING ANY PART OF THE WORD OF GOD AND I CAN PROVE THAT...FOR EVERY THING YOU PUT INTO QUESTION!

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