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Embraced by the Light

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  4,012 ratings  ·  370 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
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Published November 1st 1993 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published December 1st 1992)
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P.Q. Glisson
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...more
Tori
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...more
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...more
Kimberly
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.
Chinook
Dec 12, 2012 Chinook rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Sharon Delarose
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...more
Cristael Bengtson
Aug 30, 2013 Cristael Bengtson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
Tony
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...more
Luis Carrillo
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...more
Steph
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
Gregg
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
Ghine
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
Ariell
Apr 11, 2008 Ariell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Nancy
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...more
Carolyn
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
Christa
Dec 28, 2007 Christa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Trey Nowell
I feel she gave her all with honesty in this book. Having a profound interest in NDE I am admittedly a little biased. I would have liked the book to have been a tad bit longer, as you could read this in probably 2 hours or less. Seems many people are encountering similar scenarios and I am still perplexed how they remember some details but forget many others. Nice to see she is proud of her Native American heritage as well :)
Rae
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
Heidi Wiechert
Having recently read Chopra's Life After Death, Eadie's near death experience makes sense to me. Chopra claims (and NDEs support this) that when folks die, they experience what they were subconsciously expecting and conditioned to believe in concerning death. Eadie spent her formative years in a Catholic boarding school. Though many of her thoughts about God were based in fear, she was taught to believe in a Creator being and a savior figure, Jesus. In her NDE, she experienced exactly that. When...more
Robert
I read this a couple decades ago but I still remember that my distinct impression was that Eadie really did have a life changing NDE that got embellished a little when she first told the story. And then it got embellished a little more as she told it again, and a little more, and a little more. Until she couldn't separate actual experiences from imagined ones. Who knows what she really experienced, but I had the impression this book didn't capture that experience as well as it claims.
Larry McCloskey
On November 19, 1973, Betty Eadie died after complications from surgery. This is the poignant tale of what happened next, as told by her. It stands as the most in-depth near-death experience stories I've seen. It is that level of detail which sets it apart.

Eadie paints a pretty stark portrait of her childhood, growing up on the reservation and being sent to a Native American boarding school meant to drive her away from the spirituality of her ancestors. She does this to convey her later feelings...more
Kimberly
I Loved this book. To me it was beautiful and gave me a wonderfully peaceful outlook on what's to come. I recommend this book to everyone. I feel that even a skeptical person will get something out of this book.
Heidi
LOVE this book. This has been a favorite of mine for years. It just ALWAYS inspires me to be better and do better. So regardless of what you believe her or not, it still is uplifting!
Amanda
My mom read this to us when we were teenagers. I remember liking it and preferring it to other after-death-experiences books.
Michael
Very interesting look at near death experience by the author. It will give you much to ponder and consider.
Christine
As my son just passed away, this book really helped to soothe my soul.

It was a refreshing view on life and our purpose. My favorite part was about the drunk man and the attorney - and the life purpose of the drunk man on the street.

While I still am left with some questions (which would be mandatory to continue learning in this life), I believe the simple message is: surrender to a higher purpose, love, see the person as a spirit (which will negate judgement), and help one another.

Was a nice rea...more
Amy
oh boy. my aunt lent me this book, hoping it would bring me some peace after my loss, but even she added the caveat that it's not for everyone. i don't know, i didn't really find it comforting because it was just sooo religious and i don't really need to read about how the Lord is my Savior on every page. the overall message of love was great, but i had a really hard time believing that all of these things happened to her and that she remembered all of the details. also when the demons tried to...more
Meghan
It is difficult to rate a book that wasn't well-written based on an individual's experience. I know the author wrote this not with the intention of becoming a published author but simply to get her message to the world which she felt a duty to share. I don't feel I have a right to rate her experience that she testifies happened to her, and I feel her story was worth sharing. So my rating is based purely on the technicalities of the writing.

It was not organized well and it could have been presen...more
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