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Return from Tomorrow

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,748 Ratings  ·  323 Reviews
At the age 20, a soldier George Ritchie died in an Army hospital. Nine minutes later he returned to life. What he experienced would change him forever.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published July 1st 1978)
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Peter If you look for it on amazon, it's about 6 dollars for paperback. It's a very good book, so I recommend not worrying about the cost too much.

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Matt Evans
Jul 16, 2008 Matt Evans rated it liked it
The author dies during a routine surgery and goes to the other side. I read this years ago, but I still remember the harrowing scene where substance-abusing addict-spirits were crawling all over humans participating in the activities the spirits craved to mortally do -- e.g., drinking, drugging, sexing, etc. -- trying to get some sort of "energy hit" from their unknowing mortal proxies. It's a very to consider that whatever desires control you in this life will pass on with you to the other side ...more
Little Miss Esoteric
The near death experience the author recounts in Return from Tomorrow corresponds with the messages behind The Tibetan Book of the Dead, The Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Mystery religions of ancient Greece and Egypt, and countless other near death experiences documented since earliest times.

In the case of the author of Return from Tomorrow, the psychopomp ( ) or Benevolent Deity who accompanied his time on the bardo, assumed the form of Jesus, following t
Dec 08, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
This 'near death experience' book, while fascinating in it's telling, also has a remarkably poignant message about what is truly important in this life.
I absolutely believe in a post-mortal life, and I absolutely believe that people have amazing, remarkable, experiences that involve God and those on the other side. I don't know exactly how things will go when I go. And I've read a couple of these books that lead me to believe that it isn't exactly the same for everyone.
But having said that, I
Jun 12, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book. I read this about 10 yrs. ago for the first time. I recently happened upon this book in my personal library and decided to read it again, although it is (sadly) beginnng to fall apart. I plan to buy a couple more copies so my family and friends can read it. I am not quite done with it this second time around, but it has definitely made me re-evaluate why I do what I do in areas I never thought about before. For instance, was I focused on Christ and helping others feel His Love ...more
Nov 27, 2010 Charlie rated it it was amazing
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Nov 13, 2010 Rayni rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in NDE.
Recommended to Rayni by: Kim Kent
It was an easy read. It is not one I would have picked up on my own. It was interesting that his experience corroborates the teaching of the LDS Church & the man is not LDS & probably, in 1943, had never heard of the Church.

I wonder how many copies of The Book of Mormon he was offered in his lifetime. He died of cancer in 2007.

The bar scene was interesting to me. Knowing our habits & addictions follow us to the hereafter, I can just see myself trying to grab a Mt. Dew out of a morta
Jul 20, 2008 Jeana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeana by: Sue
This isn't my typical type of book, but I thought it interesting to hear what this man saw in his eight minutes of death. Strangely, it all seemed to make sense. I believe what he says he saw was the afterlife.

What I particularly liked about the book, though, was the feelings he felt in the presence of Christ and how he could feel that again in people who had Christ in them. Makes me want to try to be a better person--and see other people that way as well.
Tim Malone
Jul 13, 2013 Tim Malone rated it it was amazing
This is one of the few books I will mark as absolutely loved it. Because of the unique things it reveals, it has been one of the most influential books in my life. This was the first NDE book I ever read. I am so glad that Dr. Ritchie got professional help from Elizabeth Sherrill to make it into the wonderful book that it is. You will be fascinated by the story. I know I was. I also learned so much from it about the spirit world that has been confirmed over and over by others who have also had N ...more
Oct 25, 2012 Stacie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012

I did enjoy the easy read, the overall story and his thoughts on life at the end (loving others and making our time here an enjoyable one). He had a very profound experience and one that has altered his view of the world.

As for "near-death experience", well, yeah in the most basic form of the phrase. Did his "spirit" leave his body, walk with Christ and then return to his body? Maybe, but I kind of doubt it. I'm guessing he told this story many times before he ended up writing it down (or told
Christie Hagerman
Jun 07, 2012 Christie Hagerman rated it really liked it
At twenty years old, Army Private Ritchie was most interested in making it through med school and earning enough money to buy a Cadillac. When a bout with pneumonia took his life, he came face-to-face with Jesus and got a personal tour of some fascinating places.

Ritchie recounts what he saw, from the disembodied, tortured souls wandering the earthly plane to a glimpse of the heavenly city and some of its inhabitants. He also describes the feelings of utter peace and love while in the presence of
Jun 30, 2009 Jacqui rated it it was amazing
This book confirms to me everything that I believe about life after death and the all-encompassing love of Jesus Christ. Interestingly, although the author is NOT a member of my faith, it coincides with what my church teaches and with passages in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ (read Alma 40-42). Truth is truth. Reading this has reopened my heart to trying to be less critical and more loving to all of my fellow souls on our life's journey, but especially to my family. The m ...more
Lisa Winnett
Feb 04, 2012 Lisa Winnett rated it it was amazing
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Feb 07, 2011 Amyjoy rated it it was amazing
I went to Peru to pick up my father in Peru after his helicopter crash. Among his personal effects was this book. My Dad likely bought it at the airport. He must have known that his time was up.
I do not know if he read it or not.
It took me many years to want to feel like reading this. It has changed how I think and feel about Heaven. This is a must read if you are curious about what will happen to us after we die. I have read several other books on near death experiences. They are all similar y
Magnus Itland
Feb 03, 2014 Magnus Itland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before the New Age, there was George G. Ritchie, a med student and rather ordinary Christian, who was declared dead for 9 minutes, most of which he seems to have spent racing around in his astral body without knowing he was dead. Then he met a man of intensely bright light, whom he identified as "the Son of God".

Ritchie seems to represent a transition from the classical Christian tradition of the temporarily dead getting elaborate tours of Hell and Heaven, to the modern fairly brief Near Death E
Feb 22, 2011 Kirstin rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
So, this is my first taste of "life after death" literature. I breezed through this book in two hours. I found myself truly curious as to the meaning of his experience and amazed at the man he became because of it. Nothing he described contradicted what I believe, and although I probably won't go around teaching what he saw as fact, I believe the lessons he applied to his life were truly of merit. He learned to love people as God does, and who can argue with that?

Tanya W
Sep 02, 2012 Tanya W rated it really liked it
This is a book I loved... I read it as a teenager in the 80's. I would be interested to read it again after having more life experience. I felt the story of life beyond this life (discovered by someone who "dies" on the operating table... has otherworldly experience, then is revived and able to share those experiences and insights) fit pretty well with my personal beliefs of life after this life.
May 14, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it
Interesting story. The second near death experience story I have read (read the message last month). Different authors in different settings, different backgrounds and religions -- and very similar experiences. Made me appreciate my faith all the more and examine my relationship with Christ.
Beth Champion
Feb 15, 2012 Beth Champion rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book. I would highly recommend it and will read it again and again. I've always been fascinated with stories of near-death experiences (partially because my mom had one), but this is the most unusual and moving one I've read.
Apr 18, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, religious
Great book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the story of a man who died and came back. Sounds basic, but his is a good story worth reading. Reminds me of how powerful the love of the Savior is. A must read.
Jennifer Wight
May 27, 2010 Jennifer Wight rated it really liked it
This was very interesting and thought provoking. It went along with many things that I believe in, wish I had someone to discuss this one with.
It is one to read again and even own.
Mar 24, 2009 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
After death experience during WWII. I reread it periodically. I love this book.
Mary Lou
Dec 23, 2013 Mary Lou rated it liked it
Thoughts I liked from his book.

Above more even than power, what emulated from this presence was unconditional love. A love beyond my wildest imagination.

How we spend our time on earth is more important then we know.

You don't go into a project for rewards, the reward is from doing the right thing

The light asked what did you do with your life? What did you accomplish with the precious time you had. What values do you have and whom did you love?

It is I that judged those things around me. That with
Jennifer Blaine
Jan 19, 2015 Jennifer Blaine rated it really liked it
The 20 year old soldier spends nine minutes dead, and this book is his story of what happened in that short time. He describes most things in a matter of fact manner without much embellishments. I was left wanting a little more.

I loved how that one experience changed his whole life. His goals of medical school and buying a Cadillac, changed to improving his relationships with others. He still became a doctor, but at 40 went back to school to be a psychiatrist, as to better serve people. Love re
Aug 05, 2009 Jake rated it really liked it
This is the only near-death book I’ve ever read. My fear of all things ‘Too Good to be True’ has kept me from delving further. An Aunt turned me on to this one when I was visiting family in Utah during my teens. What pleased her most was the book's apparent compatibility with Mormon theology.

We picked up a copy for me and I devoured it. It had a profound effect on my impressionable young mind. In particular, the strong moral overtones struck me. I took this book for gospel at the time. Why not?
Feb 08, 2010 Carrie rated it it was amazing
This book is phenomenal. I feel like it took me to a new realm of understanding. His experience is absolutely remarkable and has stirred thoughts and emotions deep within my soul. The question he was asked by that Being of love--What did you do with your life?--has caused me to stop and evaluate my motives, goals, and actions. Love. It really is about love. It's about relationships. It's about seeing Jesus in those around us. It's about discerning the good in others. It's about giving of yoursel ...more
Aug 10, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
A friend loaned me "Return from Tomorrow," and I enjoyed it. It's the story of George Ritchie, who "died" for 9 minutes and he tells of what he saw. I'm a junkie for this type of thing. You know, I feel like my Christian faith is pretty strong, but still, it's nice to hear some affirmation from people who've actually "gone beyond," even a little bit. So I've read many books about people who have clinically died, and am familiar with the whole long tunnel/bright friendly light/movie of your entir ...more
Delia O' Riordan
Oct 07, 2012 Delia O' Riordan rated it did not like it
George Ritchie was 20 years old when he died and then returned to life. His account of his experience of the afterlife makes for interesting reading here and there but overall it is a naive, un-critical account based on Ritchie's unquestioned assumption that the Being of Light he encountered was "Jesus". Ritchie was obviously well-steeped in Protestant Biblicalism when he turned up for training at an Army camp in 1943. He was young in that innocently narcisstistic way of those who have not learn ...more
Nov 14, 2013 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I was quite looking forward to reading this as I find the subject of NDE a fascinating concept, not to mention it was recommended reading by other NDE authors.

It is a purely anecdotal account which doesn't really explore all the possibilities of what he alleges to have happened. Although there are a couple of similarities in terms of what he has experienced (a life review, and brilliant pure light), it isn't typical of the NDE experiences that have been documented by others.

The idea of Jesus Chr
Heather Murphy
Jan 01, 2009 Heather Murphy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Heather by: Carolyn
A wonderfully depicted glimpse at what life may be like after we die. Since it lines up with what God teaches about the afterlife through His spirit, prophets, scriptures, etc, it is credible and worth considering. I think that it is truly what the author experienced during the few minutes before he was brought back to this life. What happened to him afterwards--what he did with the knowledge he gained was indeed thought provoking as well.

***the following possibly contains minor spoilers***
I too
Sep 09, 2010 KyneWynn rated it it was amazing
I just reread this book today (Sept 9,2010) -- and I remembered what I liked about it. It is a matter of fact narration of a man's near death experience, which I found both comforting and profound. Comforting on account of Kelly (my deceased husband, who died five years and ten months ago, today), and I like the thought of him being in the type of city of light that is described in this book; profound, for the idea that the most important part of our earthly experience is to learn to truly love ...more
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“What did you do with your life?
It seemed to be a question about values, not facts: What did you accomplish with the precious time you were allotted?
How much have you loved with your life? Have you loved others as I am loving you? Totally? Unconditionally?
I have shown you by the life I lived. I showed you by the death I died. And if you keep your eyes on Me, you will see more....”
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