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Embraced by the Light

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  5,918 Ratings  ·  488 Reviews
At the age of 31, Betty Eadie died after routine surgery. The events that followed can only be described as the most profound and extensive near-death experience ever recorded. During the time she was clinically dead, Betty was given knowledge of the afterlife that would make even the greatest skeptic think twice. As she traveled through the spiritual realm, she learned mo ...more
Published November 1st 1993 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published December 1992)
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Dec 25, 2012 Tori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just read this within a few hours because I'm stuck at my grandmothers on Christmas waiting for a ride home.

People are way to harsh on this book! I looked through other reviews and it's filled with 1stars. The complaints are stupid like it's not written well. Well duh, she's not a writer!

This is a fairly short account of a woman's near death experience. I picked it off my grandma's shelf, so not something I'd choose for myself. This is my life. While others might spend a long day at their gr
The Goon
“Embraced by the Light” is the sort of book you read very quickly in the bathtub. By the time the bath water is cold, you have finished the book.

The book is written at approximately an eighth grade reading level. The book’s author, Betty J. Eadie, is super religious and made lots of Biblical references in the book that I didn’t understand as my background is not in Christianity. Never mind that though, it’s still a good book.

Reports of Near Death Experiences are the only thing that keeps me fr
P.Q. Glisson
May 17, 2011 P.Q. Glisson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars aren't near enough to give this wonderful and moving book.
I read this book years ago and saw it at my Husband's Family's church while attending the funeral of a dear family friend and just felt compelled to pick it up again. I read it in one night and all I can say is that the second time was better than the first.
You have to read it more than once to get everything. Heck, you may have to read it several times. There's so much material and every single bit of it is incredible!
I am a Chr
This is what I would class as an "inspirational" book. It did not inspire me, however, though I did find it interesting. Betty J. Eadie is a North American Native Indian, who has had a near-death experience, and now seeks to enlighten us all. She is rather too conscious in her book, of being a privileged being with knowledge to impart to the rest of us. Hmm.
Kimberly Lewis
A quick, interesting read if you are the type to keep an open mind. This novel chronicles a woman's near-death experience and I don't generally argue someone else's personal experience. It's a hopeful story- I found it uplifting and enjoyable.
Because this book held honesty and good will to share such a detailed series of events, I wanted to give it 4 stars, at the least. But the writing itself kept me from that extra star. She uses identical words for such abstracts of specifics, that at times I felt I wished I could ask her varying questions on her definitions. These are such metaphysical and emotive words that I know that would be difficult to answer, as well. But still- there are some dichotomies in her very definitions, IMHO. But ...more
Cristael Bengtson
Aug 30, 2013 Cristael Bengtson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who are interested in NDE's
In November of 1973 Betty Eadie was a 31 year old mother of seven children. As a young Native American child she had been placed in a Catholic boarding school where she had endured torturous medieval discipline. She had been divorced from her first husband, and she was married to a man who loved her and their family.

She was alone in her hospital room, having had a partial hysterectomy, when she was lifted out of her body to experience one of the most dramatic Near Death Experiences ever recorded
Dec 07, 2011 Chinook rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chinook by: gift from miralba
A friend went out of her way to give me this book. For all that I admit to be slightly annoyed that someone who knew I was an atheist would give me a book about Jesus, I felt compelled to read it since she ordered it for me (and lets be honest, it's short.)

It annoyed me from the start. The acknowledgements where she thanks her husband for eating tv dinners while she wrote, the forward written by a doctor stressing a need for a return to spirituality, that the author had gone through native Ameri
Mar 04, 2009 Ghine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book changed my life as a teenager!! I knew I believed in God and had faith but I struggled with the separation of religions. Betty J. Eadie talks about how the different religions are merely the different ways people worship God but that we're all worshipping the same God. I could relate to this and it made since. I could never understand how the baby born into a buddhist family was damned to Hell when that baby would never be introduced to Jesus to begin with. He may have a yearning insid ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Gregg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-after-death
At the time I read this book, it was, and still is one of the best descriptions of what takes place after a person dies. To date I have read this book 3 times, and by the Gods of heavy metal, I shall live to read it yet again. As Betty Eadie lies near death in a hospital room, she slips out of her body and is taken on a tour of the after world. She gives a description of a garden in the after world that is truly magical. The colors that exist are living hues beyond articulation, and their brilli ...more
Jun 17, 2009 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very nice book about a near-death experience- much of it was fascinating and I would recommend it to anyone. I have a hard time not being cynical when I read books like this, but much like "The Message", this book draws the reader in with simple explanations and descriptions. There were things I liked more than others in the book- things that rang true, and others that I had to set aside. The truth is, this woman believes she had this experience, and what she shares are her interpretat ...more
Sharon Delarose
Jun 22, 2011 Sharon Delarose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
This is the most detailed Near Death Experience (NDE) I've ever encountered. Her recollection of "what comes after" is extremely vivid.

From everything I've read about NDE's, the experience is often colored by your personal religious beliefs, and Betty's account is very Christian.

This book moved me so much for answering the question, "Why are we here?" that I've given it as a gift to quite a few people. Especially when someone has lost a loved one, I believe this book is a good grief counselor. I
Shell The Belle
4.5 Fabulous made me think then and still makes me think now Stars

Read this at a very particular time of my life, and I can honestly say it helped me so much.

Years Later, I can still remember a lot about this book that made me really think, and still does. I believe this to be a true account of the Authors Near Death Experience. Some have rated this low because the writing itself wasn't very good - but hey, she isn't a writer!! She just felt she had to share what was a truly remarkable experien
Dec 12, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently finished Proof of Heaven and I thought I'd read another perspective on NDE (near-death experience). This was a totally different book but the experience was in some ways similar. This book is written by a homemaker, it has a more religious POV, and it is much simpler -shorter, less educated treatment. But that does not make it less, just different. There is much more of the religious slant but even with that some of the components of the experience were very similar. There is comfort ...more
Luis Carrillo
Dec 07, 2008 Luis Carrillo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
reading as part of a research paper on NDEs.

My God, what a horribly written piece of crap. Don't get me wrong the book was very touching and hopefull but just a bit of a drag to read. I am not making a stance about NDEs one way or the other but this book honestly reads like it was written by an eight year old who is reciting the dream he had the night before. There are way too many scenes that feel she is making it up as she goes along.

If some of you are wanting to say, "Well give her a break, s
baQer (BFZ)
Aug 31, 2016 baQer (BFZ) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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متن کتاب بیشتر شبیه کتابهای در جستجوی خوشبختی بود تا در مورد کسیکه مرده و به اون دنیا سفر کرده و به موضوعاتی مثل خوب بودن , خودباوری, مثبت اندیشی پرداخته بود
Iona  Stewart
Jul 24, 2016 Iona Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in Danish since I had it in that language though I would rather have read it in the original language, English.

In this book, were told much of Bettys life history and how she met Jim, her loving husband.

Betty was in the hospital to have a hysterectomy, and following the operation she left her body. She met three men on the other side; they resembled monks and were wise and knowledgeable. They told her they had been with her for an eternity, and she saw in her mind pictures of he
Jan 22, 2010 Tony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I read this book and also her second one “The Awakening Heart”. For the people that give this book high appraisal, I’m sure they enjoyed the very good aspects of the book that touched on love. However, there is something that makes me stop and say “What’s going on here? Why?” Betty Eadie claims that it is her mission to share her story to the world. This experience happened in 1973. Originally, she was very reluctant about how and who she shared it with. Some personal experiences and perso ...more
Wendy Tedesco
This book was given to me by a friend who called it "life changing"... for me, not so much.
As a story, it's a nice tale... but it begs all sorts of questions if it's to be taken as a true autobiographical experience.

You know how when you were reading "A million little pieces" you found yourself totally NOT believing that someone experienced root canal without sedation or pain control of any kind? I think you might find yourself with similar thoughts of disbelief here too... Perhaps it's just t
Mar 20, 2008 Ariell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want to know about life after death
Recommended to Ariell by: My Mom
I just finished this book this morning. This is the third near death experience book I've read. Although I have not had an experience like this myself,(and hope I never do) I feel as though it is very familiar to me. It coincides so precisely with my beliefs of the spirit world and our post mortal existence that it is a great comfort to read it. If you have lost a loved one and feel a hopelessness about death, DON'T! I would suggest reading this and a few other books like it. "The Message" by La ...more
Jan 04, 2009 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first personal NDE experience book I read. I remember going early to a lecture by Betty Eadie after the release her book. I thought I would get a good seat because I was early. I was only able to get a seat in the gym because the high school auditorium was full. We waited and waited for her to show up. When she finally arrived, she said that she was held up in a traffic jam near the freeway exit to the high school. This was before everyone carried cell phones, so no one was aware tha ...more
Dec 28, 2007 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have lost a loved one
A co-worker passed this book along to me after Mike died. She told me to read it when I was ready. Well I needed answers, I wanted to know what the hell is going on up there and what happens to us when we die? This book gives some insight because the woman talks about her near death experience, meeting her guardian angels and God.

Now I'm far from religious but this book gave me some peace of mind. Mike is no longer suffering, we were together for a reason...many reasons, that people come in and
Jun 28, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I listened to it as a book on tape, when I was still reeling from losing my baby at 5 months. I've read it on and off through the years whenever I feel the need to hear a good description of heaven!

Betty J Eadie is a Christian this is true, but her description of things is not completely biblical, and her take on religions is spot on for me.

I have recommended this book to everyone, and will continue to do so.

I'm not sure if her description is a true description of heaven bu
Siobhan Blot
Jul 12, 2015 Siobhan Blot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible, life changing read.
Gary Young
Mar 16, 2017 Gary Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book several years ago while searching for answers to questions about an experience i had. I found to be very compelling, with a ring of 'truth' to it. I would recommend it to anybody in search of spiritual growth.
It wasnt very far into the book that author proposed that "Jesus" tells her that ALL religions are perfectly ok because they are for people at different spiritual levels. As we are clearly taught in the new testiment by Jesus himself that no one comes to the Father except through Him, that we are not to add to or take away from the word of God, that if any come preaching any other gospel than what we have been given... etc.i dare say that any Christ rejecting religion being acceptable appears to ...more
Apr 06, 2008 Rae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religiosity
What a whoop-di-doo this little book caused! It purports to be an account of a near-death experience Eadie had back in the 1970s. She died while on the operating table and traveled extensively through the world of spirits learning about religion along the way. She received more information and answers about life and remembers more than most people who have had near-death events...she claims to have a photographic memory. Much of what she claims to know just does not sit well with me. The book is ...more
May 19, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Embraced by the light when it came out about 15 years ago but having just recently lost my mother I am currently on a near death experience book marathon. This is a quick read I finished in about a day. I remember liking it the first time I read it and I enjoyed it this time as well. I think the Author does a great job describing her experience. There are times I wonder if she was on some medication when she was in the hospital towards the end but other then that it gives readers a lot to ...more
Sep 14, 2009 Dan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A schizophrenic little mixture of Christianity, eastern mysticism, and what smells like Mormonism to produce about 150 pages of dry-heave inducing fluff. I started out thinking this woman probably believes in the experiences she describes and I don’t suggest that it’s out of the question. But I am beginning to lean toward the possibility that she is a charlatan. At any rate, I am really struggling to finish the book because her theology is so bad. Her language is loose enough on her interpretati ...more
Jamie T
Feb 13, 2014 Jamie T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so thankful for the friend who brought this book to me. I had fallen into a deep depression and this book saved me. Why? Because it was a reminder of everything I already know on the inside. There is one universal law, and it is to love. Love is everything. I highly recommend this book for people who are lost, or who doubt God or an afterlife. There is a creator, it just might be different than what you learned as a child.
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