12 Powerful Near-Death Experience Books

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Do you find it challenging to make sense of a recent personal tragedy? Or are you looking for something to read? These books regarding near-death experiences can provide some insight. You could find peace, comfort, or something to pique your interest. Consider the circumstances of the individual for whom you’re purchasing a book. Sending flowers and a book to a bereaved person is a thoughtful gesture.

Each of the titles listed below will give a thoughtful experience. To get a head start in understanding near-death experiences, start with the books on this list.

1. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

If the word “heaven” makes you uneasy, don’t worry. Even though this literature looks religious, it rarely glorifies a higher power. Instead, it emphasizes how all individuals on the Earth are connected (and beyond). This book is straightforward, conversational, and well-written. This is a must-see if you have a few hours to spare and want to cry a little. 

2. Mitch Albom's The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

Mitch Albom’s series continues with this book. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven follows a married couple. They were in an accident on the night of their wedding. The wife meets Eddie (the protagonist from The Five People You Meet in Heaven) and begins an endless trip with him. During her journey, she realizes how much she influenced those around her.

3. Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent's Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Amazing Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

Even if you don’t believe in heaven, you should read this book. Colton Burpo, 4, walks you through his spiritual journey. During an emergency appendectomy, Colton’s heart stopped pumping. While being resuscitated, he went on a journey beyond his body.

4. Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani

After four years of combating cancer, Moorjani’s body begins to shut down. Instead of giving up, Moorjani chooses to become more aware, present, and hopeful. She’s also trying to figure out what she’s worth and what’s causing her illness.

5. Life After Life by Raymond A. Moody Jr.

Raymond Moody is considered the “father” of the Near-Death Experience movement. Moody interviewed 100 people who were clinically dead but yet survived. When they were dead, they talked about their experiences. In their own words, they tell the reader what lies beyond.

This work, first published in 1975, popularized the concept of near-death experiences. This novel attracted international attention. Tunnels, bright lights, reuniting with loved ones, and more possibilities abound. It has sold over 13 million copies since its release.

6. Michael Newton Ph.D.'s Journey of Souls Case Studies of Life Between Lives

Dr. Newton practices hypnosis. He uses his powers to assist people in uncovering their previous lives. This book is a compilation of 29 people’s memories of previous lives. You can learn more about what it’s like to die through their stories. They discuss what they observe and how they feel.

You’ll meet “spiritual guides.” What it’s like to return to Earth. This is an intriguing read whether or not you believe in Dr. Newton’s hypnosis treatments. It even claims to be able to assist you in making sense of your life on this planet.

7. Eben Alexander's Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife

A neurosurgeon is the most incredible person to talk to about the delicate balance between life and death. According to Eben Alexander, near-death experiences seemed real to those who had them. However, those were not genuine experiences. As a stress response, the brain instead produces authentic emotional fantasies.

8. John Burke's Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future Ahead

John Burke compares 100 near-death experiences to the Bible’s teachings on the afterlife. “Will I be myself?” This book answers these and other comparable questions. “Will I see my friends and family?” “How will paradise look?” and other topics are discussed.

Not every story is based on the Bible. In contrast, Burke’s research uncovers thousands of parallels. One of the most popular books regarding near-death experiences is this one.

9. Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences was co-authored by Jeffrey Long, MD, and Paul Perry.

If you haven’t discovered a title that calls to you, consider this one—more than 1,600 verifiable near-death experiences back it up.  

10. DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman

In this book, Dr. Strassman explains the government-approved research between 1990 and 1995. This study included 60 individuals from the University of New Mexico.

DMT was injected into the participants.

11. Stephen Hawley Martin's Afterlife, The Whole Truth: Life After Death Books I & II

The concept of a mental realm beyond consciousness is explored in this two-volume collection. It was even mentioned by Shakespeare! 

“Life After Death – Powerful Evidence You Will Never Die” is the first book title. The second book’s title is Life After Death Book II: Heaven, Hell, and You.

12. Richard Estep's Haunted Healthcare: Medical Professionals and Patients Share Their Paranormal Experiences

Estep is a paramedic who also conducts paranormal investigations. He also appears in “Haunted Case Files” and “Haunted Hospitals.” Healthcare workers and patients relate their encounters with the supernatural in this book.

Interested in seeing more spooky places? In Haunted Healthcare 2, medical professionals and patients discuss their paranormal experiences.