Who Edorses “Living Beyond” on the back cover and how did I choose who to approach for an endorsement?
I first asked myself the question: would they be impressive witnesses in a court of law if giving evidence and opinion? I approached two successful writers in the same field and asked them to read my book and to please give comments I could use on my back cover.
I had read and enjoyed Angie Fenimore’s “Beyond the Darkness”. Angie had committed suicide and had a long and gruelling NDE before her return to earthly life. Just as important to me was her involvement on return with suicide prevention and the help and counsel she had been giving freely to unhappy people contemplating suicide. He actions backed up her experiences! Here is what she wrote:
“Living Beyond” is a valuable guide for helping returnees make sense of their own experiences. It will also help families seeking to provide sympathy and support. My family says they understand me better now!! I believe that every physician, mental health professional, chaplain and clergy member should keep a copy on hand. As a proponent of suicide prevention, I find that Ivan’s book provides thoughtful and delicate support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide, as well as powerful encouragement to those considering suicide to reach out for assistance instead.”
What a lovely heart Angie has!
Next endorsement was by the NY Times bestselling author Dr Jeffrey Long, who I approached mainly because of the research foundation he had set up—NDERF. On the NDERF website you can freely peruse nearly five thousand accounts by returnees from an NDE, in their own words. I find this to be an invaluable resource for an analysis of the phenomenon. Dr Long had also helped my investigations by giving me insightful answers to some puzzling questions as I went along. Here is what he wrote about “Living Beyond”
I hope hordes read your book (sadly, they haven’t!). Within its pages you will find a treasure trove of insights and inspiration…. What happens when we die? This is one of humankind’s most enduring questions. “Living Beyond” brings a fresh and exciting perspective to this enduring question…. It is expertly written, remarkably easy to read, and enthusiastically recommended.”
Thanks so much Dr Jeffrey Long for your kind words!
Because there has been some hesitation amongst Christian denominations to accept the reality of NDEs, I asked two experienced ministers for their opinions. I wanted one who represented the Eastern Orthodox tradition and so approached Father John D’Alton, who wrote:
Wow, what an excellent read. Very well presented with substantial solid evidence, well explained point by point. From an Orthodox viewpoint, its theology is sound.
I also wanted a comment from an experienced minister in the Western Christian tradition, and asked the respected evangelical/Pentecostal minister Rev Victor Onions to provide one, who kindly endorsed it with:
An outstanding book – insightful, thorough and spiritual. It integrates many anecdotal experiences with biblical truth, providing a vista of understanding concerning the afterlife.
Supposing you have read it—PLEASE help others by phoning and asking your local library to carry a copy. Thank you.
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