What an interesting book. I first learned about this book when I saw this author's TED talk about her near-death experience. Near-death experiences always fascinate me and I love to learn as much about them as I can.
This author, though, had some pretty amazing insights. With that being said, I do believe she was incorrect on some things. I know, I know. Like I'm anyone to correct someone who had the actual experience. What I mean is that, for example, she states that she realized that there was no actual one God, because she felt all of the love and acceptance (and she didn't see God), so she felt that we are each actually God. I don't believe that. I believe that 1) She probably hadn't even made it to Heaven yet. She was still in this earthly atmosphere and was observing her family. She was in the other realm, just not all the way. Does that make sense? 2) I believe that she (and every one of us) was feeling our natural state, which is complete and endless love and compassion. This comes from God. We are feeling our connectedness with him, but we are not him. I hope that also makes sense.
Those few things aside, I think she conveys some powerful messages to us! Messages such as the most important thing in life is love. L-O-V-E. For ourselves, for others. And when we have a lack of this, the natural consequence of this is illness, violence, etc.
Fear is the opposite of love, and unfortunately too many of us have too much fear in our lives. She explained how a simple change of focus can make all of the difference. For example, instead of holding your child away from the street because you are afraid they will get hurt, change the focus to love. "Because I love you, I want to see you taken care of and safe. So, I will hold your hand." Same thing really, but the second is love-based, rather than fear-based.
She explained how (and I have had this notion for years, I even blogged something about it a decade ago) she was shown a tapestry of her life. And we all have one. And every little thread is made up of experiences and people we have had contact with. Every person we have ever had contact with was there on purpose and was supposed to be a thread in our tapestry. She was shown that the universe God created is a living thing and that it is always perfect.
She was shown some of her past lives and it felt completely natural to see them and they felt as if they were happening right now. Because time is only existent and linear on earth, not in Heaven. She saw that the doctrine and dogma that she was raised with didn't really matter in Heaven. We are all connected and we are all created of love...God's love.
Anyways, I could go on all day! This was a very interesting book. If you have any interest at all in this type of subject, I would recommend you read it. It's a quick and easy read, but very fulfilling.