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

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  2,229 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
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
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ebook, 208 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 8th 1994)
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Steve
May 21, 2011 Steve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How can I believe someone who has been caught in many lies. What parts are true and what parts are simply manufactured? Do some research on the author and decide for yourself. Brinkley may have had some sort of
near death experience but the total number of experiences seems far fetched and stretches the bounds of reality (even if your definition of reality encompasses paranormal). It may be a good tale if one suspends disbelief as required in some imaginative fiction, but this is allegedly non-fi
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Colleen
This book was ok, but I honestly don't get how the people who write these books, die more than once. I mean who does that? Is that part of the contract? "Ummm...hey listen Dannion buddy....if you're going to write NDE books, you're going to need to die a couple times...ok?"
Tim Malone
Jul 30, 2013 Tim Malone rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in NDEs
This is one of the more controversial NDE books because it’s full of predictions about the future that failed to materialize. When I read how the visions of these future events were presented to him I had to put the book down for some time before I could finish it. In his NDE, beings of light came to him with little TV sets in their chests that showed future world events. He claimed to have seen in his 1975 NDE numerous major world events that happened prior to the publication of the book in 199 ...more
Louise
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
An interesting account of Dannion Brinkley's near-death experience. Well-written and profoundly thought provoking.

From back cover:

"On September 17, 1975, after being electrocuted by a bolt of lightning, Dannion Brinkley died. When he revived twenty eight minutes later in a morgue, he had the story of a lifetime to tell-a profoundly moving account of what happened to him during his near-death experience.

It is a tale of a dark tunnel, a crystal city and a cathedral of knowledge where thirteen ange
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Debby
Feb 06, 2013 Debby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book I was so determined not to like at all. I have never read books soley focused on NDE's (Near Death Experience), so I was skeptical. But like most things I am weary of, I end up liking them in the end. I didn't love the book. I would have given it a 3.5 if that was possible. I loved the parts that mentioned the LDS point of view of the afterlife and their NDE accounts. For once, the LDS people were not put down in any way. Shocking!

Dannion's account of the room that the being
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Cherene
Sep 03, 2012 Cherene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book about the author's near death experience definitely puts life into perspective. Brinkley's experience was similar to a lot of other accounts I have read, but also different in that he saw the future of the world, and became able to read others' thoughts...interesting, no? But the thing that struck me about this book is that he was given a mission to complete when he was sent back to Earth, and it is to reduce stress in the lives of others so that they can become more spiritual, less fe ...more
James
Sep 02, 2009 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK IS A LITERARY FRAUD.

See STOLEN VALOR pp 385-387

The author of Stolen Valor filed a freedom of information request for the military records of Dannion Brinkley.
Not only was Brinkley not a "marine corps assassin" in Vietnam,

HE NEVER LEFT THE UNITED STATES DURING HIS 18 MONTHS OF SERVICE.

He spent his time in a Transportation Battalion at Atlanta Georgia.
Trucking supplies like toilet paper & blankets to other Marine facilities in the US.

He attended NO schools for specialized combat
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Jer El
Apr 07, 2008 Jer El rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Dannion's story captivated me. I read this story years ago and then had the opportunity to hear him speak and to meet him personally.

Picture a rough and tough sob, from the South. Someone you might imagine would as soon kick your ass if you crossed them, with the air of one of those fire & brimstone southern preachers. It was easy to imagine the type of person that he was before his experiences detailed in this book, and a delight to imagine how he combined it with the part of himself that h
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Jackie Hilaire
Jan 08, 2016 Jackie Hilaire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ask and you shall perceive.

In 1974 I had a near death experience and like the author who experienced his NDE in 1975, I went searching for answers. There were not many books on this subject. I also came across Dr. Raymond Moody's book: "Life after Life", the first that I read. Eventually I would read anything and everything that I could get my hands on, just like Dannion Brinkley and Eben Alexander who wrote: "Proof of Heaven" in 2012.

Dannion had an extraordinary experience and the event that le
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Jackie
Dannion Brinkley was struck and killed by lightning. He awoke twenty-eight minutes later in a morgue, and discovered that he allegedly had visited the afterlife and was psychic to boot. As I read this book I quickly realized that I am just too cynical to appreciate it. I suspect it is time to return to historical fiction or maybe a good serial killer book.
Trey Nowell
Feb 17, 2014 Trey Nowell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this account as it spanned more of his life. Whether or not this experience is legit or not, I am uncertain. I try to take these authors at face value for what they self-report. I read his other book with the similar title first, and now looks like this book had more information in it elaborated on, which the other book seemed to summarize a lot of this one (as it was written years later). I find the NDE very fascinating and am doing a lot of research myself in the field now with clients ...more
Christopher
Sep 11, 2007 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it isn't that this book is so great or well written, i am just so fascinated by near death experiences.
Eden
In 1975 at 25 years old, Dannion Brinkley was talking on the phone and struck by lightning. He died, went through a life review, seen crystal cities and was told to build centers. He was also given prophecies of things to come.

He was dead for 28 minutes and when he came back, he couldn't move. All he could do was blow on the sheet to show he was still alive.

It took Dannion a long time to recover, but he was a changed man. And in 1989 Dannion had a second near death experience. His heart was so d
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Frances
Mar 05, 2010 Frances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
simply amazing, and who wouldn't ask "why me" to be the single person to experience so much in a relatively short time frame!I I will have to research and see where and how Dannion is at this time in life, all I can say is wow!

from the opening page: "The Secret"

"Humans are powerful spiritual beings meant to create good on the earth. This good isn't usually accomplished in bold actions, but in singular acts of kindness between people. It's the little things that count, because they are more spont
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Ernie McCracken
Jan 08, 2016 Ernie McCracken rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nde, new-age
I find NDE's fascinating and I've read my share of books on the topic. I've found that it's hit or miss with these books, as of course it's an entirely subjective experience related by the author. Personally, I can only go on my intuition when evaluating the merits of each account. After finishing 'Saved by the Light' by Dannion Brinkley, I felt that I had been scammed. While I do believe in the NDE phenomenon (the evidence is overwhelming), inevitably there will be a few hucksters preying on th ...more
Tania
Feb 02, 2014 Tania rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es pequeño, me lo envió Ricardo por internet. Trata de un hombre que le cayó un rayo cuando estaba hablando por teléfono durante una tormenta. Brinkley sufrió un paro cardiáco y murió. Cuando le dictaminaron la muerte él viajaba hacia una ciudada acristalada bañada de luz y tranquilidad donde trece instructores angelicales le hablaron de los acontecimientos que estremecerían al mundo antes del año 2000, incluídos el desastre de Chernobil, la guerra del golfo, y la actual crisis económ ...more
Terry Haynes
Jul 25, 2015 Terry Haynes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading on "NDE'S".

I enjoyed it. I believe his story but I do have a question about something that seems a bit contradictory, but all in all I enjoyed and would love the opportunity to just visit his center before I HAVE to visit his Center.
I would give this 4 stars.

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Merrill
One man's account of the afterlife after being struck by lightning. His main point -- there is a life review where you relive all the wrongs you've done to others during your lifetime, but from their point of view so you can see how your actions made them feel.
David
Dec 01, 2010 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found some subtle inaccuracies of place (I have lived in SC for the past 40 years). I also found links on the Internet questioning the author's alleged service in Viet Nam. All-in-all, not a very convincing read. It only takes two sittings, though.
Jennifer
Non-fiction. Kinda interesting about a guy who had near-death experiences after he was struck by lightning, then later became psychic...
I also read "Life Before Life" by Jim B. Tucker about children who talk about their past lives.
Richard Stuart
Hit by lightning multiple times, near death experiences, visions of possible Earth futures, esp, this book has it all! haha But, ultimately, it isn't that good. Sorry folks, i'm gunna have to tell you to pass on this one.
Willi
I have never had a better view of life since reading this book!!!It gave me hope and made me feel exalted!!
Reyhaneh
Aug 15, 2016 Reyhaneh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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María Greene
Aug 26, 2016 María Greene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobio
Sobre todo de adulta tengo dudas con este libro. ¿Es realmente verdadero, existe ese señor todavía? Quizá debería googlearlo. Pero, cuando lo leí, ME IMPRESIONÓ PROFUNDAMENTE y, de hecho, todavía lo hace. Todavía lo comento en conversaciones, en especial con personas que están en búsqueda del sentido de su vida, y todavía lo presto... aún más: todavía me preocupo de que me lo devuelvan. Y todavía lo releo, de vez en cuando, lo que es más de lo que puedo decir de la mayoría de los libros que he l ...more
Heidi Wiechert
Dannion Brinkley records two near death experiences in Saved by the Light and, I did some research, since the publication of this book in the early 90's, he's experienced another one. I don't think that Dannion ever thought that he'd be the guy to die (and die and die) and then come back and tell everybody about it. He suffers from very serious heart problems since he was struck by lightning and his recovery period has been extensive. He's endures severe physical pain and lost his first wife bec ...more
Sarah
May 29, 2013 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was EXACTLY what I expected- complete and utter bullshit. This guy claims he had a near death experience where "beings of light" showed him the future. Only problem is, most of the things they showed him didn't happen. In 1993, when he wrote the book, he claimed that they showed him Chernobyl, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the gulf war.But all his predictions that weren't made "after the fact" were wrong. He said there would be a nuclear disaster in 1995. that early in the 21st cen ...more
Arno
May 17, 2015 Arno rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
Very much a for-profits false prophet.
Utter nonsense.
Worth reading though.
His paints his petty minded vision of mercantile greed and jingoism onto The Crystal City of Light.
The effect is similar to that of an untalented graffiti artist disfiguring the Taj Mahal.
The mundane using the holy as its canvas.
Daubing the slogan of the hour upon the face of God.
A hubris not without its humour.
Chris
Feb 16, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. Not incredibly well-written, but a worthwhile read for anyone curious about the perspective of one who was clinically dead and survived. Some of it is hard to believe and even harder to believe that the author didn't take an opportunity or two to embellish the details. But nonetheless, a good read for testing ones own assumptions and the limits of imagining what is possible.
Lisa Nienhaus
While I didn't get real warm fuzzies about the main character Dannion, the overall book was good. I felt like book went back and forth between explaining Dannion and other people's near death experiences and then back to how unwell Dannion is really feeling and doing. I'm learning that I like reading about people's NDE and from that standpoint, the book didn't disappoint.
Donna Kubiak
Oct 29, 2015 Donna Kubiak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was skeptical about reading this book but it ended up being quite a fascinating read. Not preachy or sugar coated, but a pretty genuine report by a man who was neither a saint nor a bad person. I now have a bit more peaceful feeling about death, so how can that be a bad thing?
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Dannion Brinkley is an American author who described two near death experiences (NDEs) in his 1994 book Saved by the Light. He is also a hospice volunteer, speaker, and prominent figure in the New Age and New Thought Movement.
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