Saved by the Light: The True Story of a Man Who Died Twice and the Profound Revelations He Received

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The Classic That Changed Our Perception of the Afterlife

In 1975, Dannion Brinkley was struck and killed by lightning. When he awoke twenty-eight minutes later in a morgue, everything was different. He had visited the afterlife, met thirteen angels, and been given 117 revelations about the future. In the years since, one hundred of the revelations have already come true. In Saved by the Light, now available in trade paperback for the first time, Brinkley shares his incredible ...

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Overview

The Classic That Changed Our Perception of the Afterlife

In 1975, Dannion Brinkley was struck and killed by lightning. When he awoke twenty-eight minutes later in a morgue, everything was different. He had visited the afterlife, met thirteen angels, and been given 117 revelations about the future. In the years since, one hundred of the revelations have already come true. In Saved by the Light, now available in trade paperback for the first time, Brinkley shares his incredible story, revealing the truth about the afterlife and providing guidance from beyond about how we should live today.

On September 17, 1975, after being electrocuted by a bolt of lightning, Dannion Brinkley died. When he revived 28 minutes later in the morgue, he had the story of a lifetime to tell--a profoundly moving account of a near-death experience. "A compelling vision of what it's like to die and, more important, how to live."--Dr. Melvin Morse Closer to the Light.

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Assistant to Dr. Raymond Moody ( Reunions: Visionary Encounters with Departed Loved Ones , LJ 11/1/93), famed for his work on near-death experiences (NDE), Brinkley recounts how his own NDEs brought him before 13 angelic instructors in the ``cathedral of knowledge.''
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The profoundly moving personal account of the author's two near-death experiences and the resulting spiritual transformation that has completely altered his life. Filled with drama, excitement, and a boundless enthusiasm for life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061662454
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 168,032
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dannion Brinkley is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers Saved by the Light and At Peace in the Light. His books, tours, and lectures, with his wife, Kathryn, have transformed the consciousness of people across the world. Their nonprofit organization, The Twilight Brigade/Compassion in Action, trains volunteers to be at the bedside of our nation's veterans. It was nominated for the Heart of Hospice award in 2008. Dannion and Kathryn share their lives with six children between their homes in Nevada and South Carolina.

Raymond Moody, MD, PhD, is a world-renowned author, lecturer, and psychiatrist whose seminal work, Life After Life, changed the way we view death and dying. He is widely acknowledged as the world's leading expert on near-death experiences.

Paul Perry is an internationally bestselling author who has co-written nine books on near-death experiences.

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Saved by the Light

Chapter One

The First Time I Died

About five minutes before I died, I could hear the roll of thunder as another storm marched into Aiken, South Carolina. Out the window I could see lightning streak across the sky, making that sizzling sound before hitting the ground with a pop—"artillery from God," someone in my family had called it. Over the years I had heard dozens of stories about ¬people and animals being struck and killed by lightning. The lightning stories my great-uncle would tell at night when the summer storms rumbled in and the room would strobe with bright flashes were as scary to me as ghost stories. That fear of lightning had never left me. Even on this night, September 17, 1975, at the age of twenty-five, I wanted to get off the telephone quickly to avoid a "phone call from God." (I think it was also my great-uncle who used to say, "Remember, if you get a phone call from God, you usually become the burning bush," but I am sure he meant it as a joke.)

"Hey Tommy, I've got to get going, a storm's coming."

"So what?" he said.

I had been home from a trip to South America for only a few days and had planted myself on the telephone. I worked for the government and was also involved in several business concerns of my own. I owned and rented a number of houses, bought and repaired old cars, helped in my family's grocery business, and was in the process of starting a company. As the rain fell outside, I had to finish this last phone call to a business partner.

"Tommy, I gotta go. Mother always told me never to talk on the phone during a thunderstorm."

And thatwas it. The next sound I heard was like a freight train coming into my ear at the speed of light. Jolts of electricity coursed through my body, and every cell of my being felt as if it were bathed in battery acid. The nails of my shoes were welded to the nails in the floor so that when I was thrown into the air, my feet were pulled out of them. I saw the ceiling in front of my face, and for a moment I couldn't imagine what power it was that could cause such searing pain and hold me in its grip, dangling over my own bed. What must have been a split second seemed like an hour.

Somewhere down the hall my wife Sandy had shouted, "That was a close one," when she heard the thunder. But I didn't hear her say that, I only found out about it much later. I also didn't see the horrified look on her face as she peered down the hall and saw me hanging in midair. For a moment all I saw was the plaster of the ceiling.

Then I went into another world.

From immense pain I found myself engulfed by peace and tranquility. It was a feeling I had never known before and have not had since. It was like bathing in a glorious calmness. This place that I went to was an atmosphere of deep blue and gray where I was actually able to relax for a moment and wonder just what it was that had hit me so hard. Had a plane crashed into the house? Was our country under nuclear attack? I had no idea what had happened, but even in this moment of peacefulness I wanted to know where I was.

I began to look around, to roll over in midair. Below me was my own body, thrown across the bed. My shoes were smoking and the telephone was melted in my hand. I could see Sandy run into the room. She stood over the bed and looked at me with a dazed expression, the kind you might find on the parent of a child found floating facedown in a swimming pool. She quivered for a moment and then went to work. She had recently taken a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and knew exactly what to do. First she cleared my throat and moved my tongue to the side, then she tilted my head back and began to breathe into my mouth. One—two—three breaths and then she straddled my stomach and began pushing on my chest. She was pushing so hard that she grunted with each downward stroke.

I must be dead, I thought. I could feel nothing because I was not in my body. I was a spectator of my final moments on earth, as dispassionate about watching my own death as I might be if I were watching actors reenact it on television. I felt sorry for Sandy and could feel her fear and pain, but I was not concerned about that person lying on the bed. I do recall one thought that shows how far from pain I was. As I gazed at the man on the bed I remember thinking, I thought I was better looking than that.

The CPR must have worked because I was suddenly back in my body. Above me I could feel Sandy pounding on my chest. Normally, such bone-cracking pressure would be painful, but I did not feel it. The electricity had coursed through my body, and there wasn't a single spot on me that didn't feel as if it had been burned from the inside out. I began to moan, but only because I was too weak to scream.

Tommy showed up in less than ten minutes. He knew something was wrong because he had heard the explosion over the telephone. He had been a Navy corpsman so Sandy let him take over. He wrapped me in a blanket and told her to call the emergency medical unit. "We'll do what we can," he said, placing his hand on my chest.

By now I had left my body again, and I watched as Tommy held me and cursed the slowness of the ambulance, which we could hear approaching in the distance. I hovered above the three of them—Sandy, Tommy, and myself—as the medical technicians loaded me onto the stretcher and wheeled me to the ambulance.

Saved by the Light. Copyright © by Dannion Brinkley. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted December 26, 2008

    MY LIFE IS CHANGED

    I was walking through Barnes & Noble and the second I saw this book I was instantly interested, I couldn't stop reading for 3 days, and absorbed every sentence in this book. The story is brilliantly written and Dannion's story is UNFORGETTABLE. It is filled with excitement, and I am still amazed that this man was hit by LIGHTNING AND SURVIVED! Before I read this book I misunderstood the afterlife, and feared death. Now I live life with out fear, and to the fullest. This book teaches not only about heaven, but also the world and philosophy. This book taught me to love even my enemies and the actions I take, affect many people like a chain reaction. It teaches the secret to a better world, and it is as simple as 4-letters, LOVE. Love is the secret, and I encourage everyone to read this book. Because DEATH IS NOT TO BE FEARED, getting there's the hard part, but it's a transition from a limited universe to an eternal universe. It's like being in "summer camp and you miss your mom, once you die you can return home." That's all death is in this book, it's returning to our True Father.

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

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    SAVED BY THE LIGHT

    SAVED BY THE LIGHT drew me in immediately with the subject matter that intrigues me so much. Brinkley was struck by lightning and died for 28 minutes. He was brought back to life and shared the colorful world he saw after he'd died. His journey was the typical experience that I've read about many times before where his past life, good and bad was played before him. There were many interesting facts about the entire human race, the earth's ecology predicaments, and the spiritual realm. I enjoyed the experience.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    We are ONE

    A fascinating, couragious account of this heros journey to go through healing of his body while assimilating various knowledge given to him while in spirit. A life altering event that may offer to the reader more info about NOW and possible future events.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Insightful

    Had loaned out my original copy and it never returned so I bought this. I wanted to have a copy because it gives great insight into what happens after you die. It helps to reread it from time to time to remember how important your actions are. Life is about relationships and people not how much money you make and what position you gain.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

    Good

    Intriguing and thought provoking.

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