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Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

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     In this truly inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body—overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system—began shutting down. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience where she realized her inherent worth . . . and the actual cause of her disease. Upon ...more
Hardcover, 1st edition, 191 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Hay House (first published January 1st 2012)
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Brynne Betz
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I saw the author on PBS and was touched by her authenticity and spirit. Her book was just as beautiful....even more than that, the message it contains is important and has the power to transform lives. It transformed mine.
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Although Moorjani's healing is certainly miraculous and there are aspects of her story that I found both fascinating and moving, ultimately I couldn't fully embrace this book for two reasons. First, the book feels hastily written, and I wonder if the story would have been better told by a ghost writer rather than Moorjani herself. The book relies heavily on summary and "telling" over showing, and I yearned for more scenes and fewer abstract adjectives describing Moorjani's emotions. The book als ...more
Apr 22, 2012 added it
OMG!!! This woman had cancer tumors the size of lemons from the base of her neck to the bottom of her abdomen. She crossed over to the other realm, experienced that (and what an experience it was!!!) then DECIDED to come back to this side. She lived to tell all about it!!! This book shares information that is so helpful to the understanding of the meaning of life (how and why to rid yourself of the unnecessary loads) and how to live this life to the fullest ! THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!! She was bl ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Anita Moorjani is very humble in sharing what her Near Death Experience (NDE) was like for her and how it has transformed her life. She recovered from stage four cancer after her NDE. I could not put this book down and want to always have it near to remind me of what is important. Here are some of her main points:

1. Love yourself. Every time you beat yourself up, you create so much pain for yourself and others. Love yourself no matter what for no reason other than because you are here. Spend tim
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
Another person's spiritual experience is never much use to me; its personal nature makes it extremely subjective. And that's okay because that is the nature of personal spiritual experiences: they're for that person and usually for that person alone.

But here we have a book written by someone who attempts to draw broad, universal conclusions from her very personal experience. As such, I think many of those conclusions are laughably suspect:

* "One of my biggest rules is that there should never be
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had heard about this book sometime back and finally got to reading it. Anita Moorjani went through a near death experience (NDE) and discusses the experience & learnings for life. If you are interested in the genre and have an open mind, this is an important book with good lessons for life.

The book is written in three parts – her early life, the NDE experience, learnings. There is also a Q&A at the end with responses to questions she is typically asked. The first part covers her personal life
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I always had an interest in Near-Death-Experiences (NDE), that is, I read studies that come out about it and have read people's accounts of what they experienced on the other side. Saying that, it doesn't mean I necessarily believe it...I'm just curious. I was also curious about Anita's book as Wayne Dyer (an author I really like and respect) mentioned her several times.

I didn't really know what to expect other than that my sceptic side would kick-in. But that didn't happen. Anita is not trying
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I REALLY wanted to love this book . Unfortunately , I didn't .. Not to negate her undeniably incredible experience- which I was eager to learn about because of my interest in NDE and all of the glowing reviews, but it just left me flat. Maybe she needed a Ghostwriter , maybe I chafed at her repetitive and monotonous tone. I found her telling us what she thinks about her experience but little about how she or those around her feel. It makes it hard to connect to her voice and to her story . She a ...more
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I waited in high anticipation for this book after hearing Dr. Wayne Dyer talk about if often on his radio show. It was not a disappointment. I highly recommend this book for everyone on the planet to read.

We live in a society that is so afraid to talk about death. But after you read Anita's near death experience and what she learned, you will see death in a whole new, beautiful light. Even though she describes her experience so amazingly well, I still wish I could literally get in her head and b
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The most credible, enlightening, uplifting NDE story I have ever read. Anita Moorjani, who I have seen speak about her experience, is a well spoken, highly intelligent woman with a story that will knock your socks off.

She was pronounced dead from organ failure and four days later the doctors couldn't find any cancer (from lymphoma) in her body, despite their desperate attempts. Unfortunately, the physicians put Ms. Moorjani through some very painful medical tests, although the scans were tellin
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Quite the hard pill to swallow – at times it is laced with rather insightful observations regarding self-worth, and at others it is filled with hyperbolic love speak that is tantamount to any garden-variety, acid-induced ramblings in the parking lot of a Phish concert. So in order to proceed, let’s approach this from the prototypical philosophical device – the glass. You may choose which portion you read first or which to skip, based upon your particular bent. Or has the choice already been made ...more
Stephanie Kreiner
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
A superb book for which I have written a good amount of notes that I plan to read often. I'll give a couple of examples here of the spiritual gold she generously shares.

We just have to be ourselves and express our uniqueness fearlessly. This allows us to be an instrument of love. This brings everything that's truly ours into our life effortlessly in the most magical and unexpected ways.

Anita healed because she allowed her true spirit to shine through. And because she moved from operating out of
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best near-death experiencs I have come across so far. Anita was not only completely healed of her terminal illness in a rapid rate after her NDE, but also gained remarkable knowledge about our nature as spiritual beings in human/corporeal bodies. She repeats again and again how important it is to know how to connect to this higher part of ourselves in order to heal, get rid of various deep rooted fears, and to fulfill the unique purpose of our individual Being.
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am almost finished with this book and feel extremely excited about it. Since I have arthritis, I might relate to this book on another level than someone who is completely healthy in the body and the mind. However, this book is a woman's account of how she discovers her purpose in life, thereby healing herself. And she gives a beautiful account of her near death experience in words that resonated with me on such a deep and profound level. I think her experience in general resonated with me.

I wo
Jul 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Not at all impressed by this book. It is basically a memoir and lacks the factual details regarding her diagnosis, illness and cure. And I believe it is quite preposterous to claim a natural human emotion such as fear can cause cancer. If that was the case, we would all be suffering from one form of cancer or another. At times, I found it quite nauseating as she keeps going on and on about her 'magnificence'. For someone who has come from a life of privilege, I found her to be quite the whiner. ...more
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. In three words I would describe it as amazing, comforting and enlightening. I wanted to take a highlighter to it and mark it all up so I could save it in my mind and take her words with me through out my day to day life. I love how she expresses her own truths in a non intrusive way and they are not necessarily everyone's truths. I will read it again and again and give many more away as a gifts.
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
She had the choice to come back or not She chose to return when she realized that "heaven" is a state, not a place.... If you don't think you are magnificent this book will change your mind
This is a read over and over and over again because it's so full of new ideas. You won't agree with all of them but the ones you take on will surely change your life.
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
what a wonderful book! Whether or not you believe in near-death experiences, Anita describes her life, beliefs, and events leading up to her cancer, her organs shutting down, going into a coma, and what comes after. This was not like other NDE's I've read about. She isn't trying to change anyone's beliefs. It's very life-affirming, empowering, and uplifting. I hope everyone will read it. ...more
Jeff Maziarek
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Prior to purchasing this book, I had not seen the PBS TV show in which the author and her NDE were discussed. So, other than a friend's recommendation and the book's description on I really didn't have any deep insight into the work. As a person interested in spirituality, I have read other books that referenced NDEs, so I had some exposure to the concept. With that said, I have to say that I really enjoyed this work, as I found it to be both thought-provoking and compelling. I reson ...more
Cedric Fiske
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just LOVED this book, and it was life changing for me. I was riveted by Anita's story, and could not put it down. Her honesty as she details her childhood and young adult life as a Hindu girl in a multi cultural society, her marriage, getting cancer, the NDE and then healing, makes very compelling and riveting reading!

She writes intelligently, which I like, because it shows that she respects her readers. And her style is easy to read, and she is able to simplify complex ideas and articulate t
Dewin Anguas Barnette
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The first of Raymond Moody's common elements of a near death experience is ineffability- the inability of the experiencer to describe his NDE through language. I have read several NDE accounts, beautiful accounts, but never, ever have I come across one as clear and simple and powerful as that provided by Anita Moorjani. I have also read numerous books and heard many lectures on spirituality and "self-help". Never have I come across a clearer way to live life than that exemplified by Anita Moorja ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dying To Be Me is a book that I saw numerous times while I was looking around Netgalley. I would look at it and pass thinking that I don’t know how I feel about NDE (near death experience) and it’s probably more of the same old, same old. White lights, beauty, etc. No not for me.

After finishing Wishes Fulfulled by Wayne Dyer I was drawn to read it. Dr. Dyer mentions Anita and her book numerous times. He even wrote the forward to this book. I still thought it would be the same old story but boy w
Angel Lepire
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible book, and very much follows along the same path of self-awareness I have been traveling for the past year or two. Anita is well spoken, and I love that she read the book herself, as I think it lends to an understanding of what she went through. My feeling on the reading of this type of book is this: if you've chosen to read it, you are probably looking for something more in this life or looking for a different way to have this human experience. You can take what you like f ...more
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Having just lost a dear friend to cancer, I wasn't at all sure reading about someone's miraculous cure was a good idea, but a series of events led me to this book.

The first few chapters annoyed me, both style and content, but eventually the theme began to resonate and I found much comfortably familiar and refreshingly illuminating.

I will re-read sections for a while, I'm guessing.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been listening to Anita Moorjani for a long time and love everything she shares and has learned since her recovery from cancer, due to her experience of being in another realm between life and death, and how she felt there. She came back to life, spontaneously healed and shares those lessons and insights with us everyday (on instagram) and usually makes a video weekly going into her new perception and understanding in more depth.

This was her first book in which she explained how she lived l
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
There is no doubt in my mind that something miraculous happened to Anita. However, miraculous things happen every day without an NDE taking place. Being a cancer survivor myself, I understood her shock and anger in the beginning. And I understand the horror of chemotherapy, but had she not chosen to refuse conventional treatment, she most likely would not have gotten so ill. It is possible that she was chosen to suffer close to death and have the NDE in order to come back and have her story serv ...more
Sunny Days
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-changing
What a story!! From a childhood rich in culture and adventure,Anita finds out she has cancer.challenging as it is she proceeds to watch her best friend and father die of the disease. Four years of body detiorationn and all the downsides that come with living with this life changing disease,a fatal moment ends it all. This moment,dubbed a Near Death Expeeience,NDE, was a story in itself. The flip side, she returns to this planet completely healed from the ravaging cancer that had invaded her body ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found a reference to this book while reading Goddesses Never Age The synopsis the author gave intrigued me. I found the story of this woman’s NDE amazing and hopeful. You can certainly tell that she is not a born writer but what she has to say in this account is important for anyone who has cancer or loves someone who does and any person who wants to know the divine secret that is hidden right under our noses. I think also that those in the medical community in particular should read this.
Donna Silber
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Near death experiences and anything to do with life after death completely fascinates me as my beliefs about God, afterlife etc. change almost on a daily basis. I know from personal experience that our spirits or essence are still around after we die but sometimes I have a hard time believing all the doctrine about God and Jesus. This book was interesting and kept my attention until the last few chapters. I am happy that she was healed and chose to come back to share her message and I love what ...more
Peter Upton
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a portion of this book including her near death experience and give the 5 star rating for that section.
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