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My Descent Into Death and the Message of Love Which Brought Me Back

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  424 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
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, an 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 ...more
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Published January 1st 2000 by Clairview
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Heather
Apr 04, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that made me cross over finally from being an agnostic to a believer. I think it was a review from Ann Rice (included in the intro) that hooked me. She says "Storm was meant to write it and we were meant to read it".
After reading it, I have to say I believe she's right.
And I never thought I'd find myself reading, much less believing, a near-death experience book. I was pretty skeptical for a good 20 years there (teens through mid-30's).

Claire Grasse
May 17, 2009 Claire Grasse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. It rises above every other Near Death Experience book that I've ever picked up, in that the author - who was an atheist when he died- came to love and accept totally the person of Jesus Christ through his experience. This is what makes me inclined to believe the claims he makes about the worlds after death. Having said that, I can't imagine any of the Christians I know who would like or accept the things he says, as he goes far out of the box of traditional thinking. You'l ...more
Callie
Sep 13, 2009 Callie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another NDE book, but I really loved this one, I'm not sure why. I'm going to buy it. It has a similar message and similar experiences, the life review, the love of Jesus, the return and the difficult adjustment to 'real' life. However, parts of it were so touching and the way he has drastically changed his life (from atheist to Christian minister) seems profound. What I learned from this book: I guess I learned what I learn from every NDE book I read except it came across very powerfully with t ...more
Claudia
Nov 25, 2009 Claudia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bait and switch. Big time. This book is pitched as a story about a man's near death experience. It turns out that it's really a synopsis of his theology. Once I got over the anger, I did read it for what it is. It took a big mindset change, however. Each paragraph was like a mini sermon related to some aspect of Storm's theology. For a brief rundown on one Christian's theology, it was very clear, concise, and thorough. There were some beliefs that I found interesting and thought-provoking. The s ...more
Brandon H.
This is one of the books I had mixed feelings about. I'd rate it 3.5 stars if I could.

I liked the author's emphasis on the importance of love, seeking God's will and that Christ is the only way to the Father. His testimony shows a man that was truly changed from the inside out during his near death experience. He went from being an Atheist who believed that we all cease to exist after death to a passionate Christian who testifies with unshakable authority that there is life after death and we ne
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Bonnie
Aug 15, 2008 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written for a Near Death Experience. Actually made me laugh uncontrollably in places. The man comes across as believable, whether you believe in an afterlife (and that we can “visit” it) or not he does make a convincing argument for changing ones life. He changed so profoundly that it is hard to believe his experience was not true.

His change was for the better and his videos that are on-line now tell of prophecies including the predicted almost certain fall of the United States. Not an
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Katrina Lantz
Sep 16, 2015 Katrina Lantz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Howard Storm reminds me of some of my loved ones who have given up on God. It was hope inspiring to hear that one woman, a nun, praying for him over the course of 13 years bore these fruits. I will continue to pray for my beloved atheists and anti-theists, knowing that with God nothing is impossible. My father, who works with addicts in recovery, has heard many stories like Howard's, of demons attacking and deriding, often in the wake of an overdose, on death's door. What is unique and beautiful ...more
Maria
Sep 13, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing
I really appreciated the fact that the author began his experience as an atheist. I love that he included paintings of his experience in heaven and that his conversations with God were in line with my own beliefs of God. I love that never once does the author give God a gender.
Lindsey
Mar 13, 2008 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lindsey by: Lane Roberts
As the inside cover says, this book is very Betty Eadie-ish (Embraced by the Light) in its message about the experience after death. After suddenly and unexpectedly losing my mother, I have been keenly trying to answer many questions on this topic, but most 'after death experience' stories smack of ulterior motives and personal agendas. This book and Eadie's book are the exception. They are authentic and confirm things that I thought were true, and fill in many blanks. This book is also quick to ...more
Eden
While on a trip to Paris in 1985, Howard Storm became very sick and needed an operation immediately. But after 9 hours in the hospital without surgery, Howard's condition became worse and worse until he just couldn't hold on any longer.

Not believing in God or any sort of an afterlife, Howard was surprised at what he found when he died and it forever changed him.

I first found out about Howard Storm after seeing him on an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. I've been interested in near-death experience
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Monica
Aug 03, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Monica by: Laura Waters
This book chronicles Howard Storm's Near Death Experience (NDE). He writes plainly and humbly, imo, of an account so amazing and yet so real. I am totally convinced his experience was authentic and genuine. Wonderful explanations to all sorts of tough questions. I'm having trouble putting this review into words. I think this is a must-read for everyone on the planet. It's only 148 pages. Check your local library, I did. Although I think I'll be purchasing a copy soon.
Ember DeBoer
Jul 03, 2008 Ember DeBoer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because my Grandma Beatrice told me of her own near-death experience (NDE) just months before her actual passing when I was 9 years old, I have always been interested in NDEs and the afterlife. This book recounts a not-so-typical NDE--an atheist's descent into hell and his subsequent theological and philosophical life changes when he is given a second chance at life. It was riveting, thought-provoking...I couldn't put it down.
✟Sabrina Rutter✟
After reading this book I decided that when I die if people I don't know start calling my name and telling me to go with them I'm running the other way!
This book was one of the best near death experience books I have ever read! I'm so glad that he didn't stay in hell! The fact that he went to hell is terrifying, but then we are given hope when he is taken into heaven.
Ye Jin
Feb 05, 2009 Ye Jin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprising 4 stars. As an initial skeptic, I got so much out of the author's religious journey and his religious epiphany. His commentary on his near death experience was so powerful and answered so many lingering questions and did so in a straightforward manner. For anyone that struggles with their faith, this is a must read.
Jennifer
This book is an interesting twist on the near death experience. I personally would not consider it a near death experience since there is no actual record of the author dying. From what I could understand is this person had an out of body experience that made him believe that he saw heaven. Although I truly believe that what he writes he feels is real, I question the part of it being a near death experience. The author had his experiences while preparing for a major surgery in France. Although h ...more
Paul Darrow
I have been fascinated by Howard Storm and his experience for around a year and so I finally got round to buying this book.

Howard is an immediately likable guy who does indeed seem to have had a life changing Near Death Experience that he wants to pass on to people from the best of motives. Howard's experience is consistent with what many people report particularly with regard to the descriptions of Eight foot tall light beings and the process of a "life review" which is remarkably similar to th
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Rafael Tellez Giron
I DO belive he had the experience and he describe it well, there are many good things and accounts in it but around chapters 7 and 8 he toatlly becomes a preacher and starts preaching what apparently he learned in seminary school, becomes very polarized, you are going to heaven or hell, no middle ground. You dont accept God's love? Hell. You doubt God? Hell. Dont want to accept Jesus? Hell. Later he becomes more moderate, but I will not recomend this book to non-christians or to someone that is ...more
Jon Mills
Howard Storm tells his Near Death Experience and the effect it had on his life afterwards. It was a fascinating account including hell, demons, Jesus, God, angels and bright lights. What cannot be disputed is the change in Howard's life from before and after his NDE. Before - atheist. After - lover of Jesus.

The one main message he has for the reader is that Jesus loves you more than you could ever know. This comes through loud and clear. He credits that great love with saving his soul.

Much of th
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Lenore
Nov 08, 2015 Lenore rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not real sure yet

After reading how I feel about the book. I have listened to him speak about his experience and I was touched and moved. I need to think more about some of the aspects of this book that bother me a great deal and I will follow up with another review.
Chris
Jan 29, 2013 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading "Heaven is for Real" I wanted to get a different perspective of a Near Death Experience. Storm's experience is that he goes to Hell first. I was expecting to like this book but the author's tone always felt a little distant and matter of fact considering that he was experiencing such torment. He holds back some details about the demons that tormented him that I felt would have added to the story. I did not finish the book because I lost interest and feeling for the whole situation. ...more
Gerald
Nov 18, 2015 Gerald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tragic event with life-changing consequences. Second chances don't happen to many but when it happens to you, take it, run with it and make the most use of the opportunity.
The story reminds us all that this world is a preparatory for the world to come and we must be careful of the choices we make.
Scott
Jul 23, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really glad that Howard Storm had this experience, though I am sure that he is not--at least the Hell part I am sure. I found myself skipping some pages too. I was more interested in the actual experience, what things "looked" like--what was said, how his senses reacted to the experience. The theology that he was given by the angels seemed to be basic Christianity 101---which I am not knocking and I am glad he got. I am also glad that this was confirmed by the angels. I am glad what they sa ...more
Diane
Apr 18, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moving tale with some out-of-the-ordinary visions of life to come, both on this planet and in the next life. The emphasis on LOVE as the path to a fulfilling future was convincing and consistent.
Brad Kittle
May 26, 2014 Brad Kittle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
Just not sure about this one. Didn't ring true to me. I've read other books about after death experiences that I've believed, this one seemed off to me. That's just my opinion, God knows.
Shirley McLain
Jul 28, 2015 Shirley McLain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Blessing to Read

This is a book that has touched my heart. This man's account of his NDE builds your faith and takes away the fear of death. I would highly recommend this book for the affirmation of the love of God.
Joan
Jul 30, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting NDE from a person who was an atheist prior to his experience and became a follower of Jesus and minister afterwards.
Cindy
May 06, 2008 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I'm not sure how I heard of this book, but I'm so glad I did. This is one the few non-fiction's that I re-read over and over. Howard Storm describes his experience with death and includes his conversations with Jesus. Although the summary of his experience cannot be neatly packaged for one particular religion, the overarching theme applies to all... LOVE! Anyone questioning the existance of hell or an afterlife need to read this book. Well, let me rephrase that... everyone needs to read this boo ...more
Jack
Mar 18, 2015 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this, it was a huge faith builder. Very motivating to enhance my focus on loving God and others.
Deborah
Jan 19, 2016 Deborah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author was so repetitive that I stopped reading 1/3 of the way into the book.
Marichka Sporysh
Interesting that this book came across when I was trying to search for answers to my questions. And Howard Storm asked Jesus my exact questions. So, I got my answers. Do I believe in Howard's experience? Yes. Absolutely! And in his book he explained a lot of things that didn't make sense to me before. One of them, why did holocaust happen? How did God allow this to happen? Well, if you read Howard's book, he touches upon these things, and now I know: do not ever blame God for things humanity hav ...more
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“When a loving person dies, God sends angels to escort them on their journey to heaven. Angels are the messengers of God. They could be relatives or friends, but they will be exactly the right persons who represent God’s love to the individual. The persons you long for, who have gone to heaven before you, will be waiting for you when you die. They will be ready to comfort you and escort you to heaven. They will take you from the reality of this physical universe and transport you to a new reality where you get your first introduction to the wonder and power of God. There are as many entry points into heaven as there are individuals. Each person is escorted toward heaven according to his or her life, culture, and spiritual level. One person may be in a beautiful field, another may be in a magnificent castle, another in a setting similar to their grandparents’ home. God and the angels, for the specific comfort and beginning edification of that person, individually create each setting. It is difficult for us to understand and believe how much God cares about and respects our individuality. The angel guardians begin the process of explaining to the person that they have left the world and are beginning life. Everything behind was preparation for real life. What we call death is actually being born into a new life beyond our imagination. We will grow and be transformed. We will meet the personification of God, and eventually we will come before the very presence of God.” 4 likes
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