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The story of his out-of-body-experience, My Descent Into Death veers sharply from those of others who took comforting trips through a tunnel of light. Transported to a realm of darkness and death, Storm witnessed the terrifying consequences of life lived for self alone. The tortures he experienced and the sheer terror that overwhelmed him are rendered here in unnerving and utterly convincing detail.
Desperate to escape, Storm decided to pray. Struggling to remember how, he blurted out anything he could recall that included the word "God," from the Pledge of Allegience to the Battle Hymn of the Republic. It was then that he was transported to regions of light. He conversed with angelic beings and with the Lord of Light Himself.
In the book, he shares his discussions with Jesus, who answered questions from "What does the future hold?" to "Why was the Holocaust allowed to happen?" Ultimately, Storm was sent back to his life here, but not without an encounter that has been lasting and transformative.
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2005
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)|
Beyond the Shadowlands: C.S. Lewis on Heaven & HellWayne MartindaleCrossway / 2005 / Trade Paperback$15.29 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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In the thirty years since Raymond Moody’s Life After Life appeared, a familiar pattern of NDEs has emerged: suddenly floating over one’s own body, usually in a hospital setting, then a sudden hurtling through a tunnel of light toward a presence of love. Not so in Howard Storm’s case.
Storm, an avowed atheist, was awaiting emergency surgery when he realized that he was at death’s door. Storm found himself out of his own body, looking down on the hospital room scene below. Next, rather than going “toward the light,” he found himself being torturously dragged to excruciating realms of darkness and death, where he was physically assaulted by monstrous beings of evil. His description of his pure terror and torture is unnerving in its utter originality and convincing detail.
Finally, drawn away from death and transported to the realm of heaven, Storm met angelic beings as well as the God of Creation. In this fascinating account, Storm tells of his “life review,” his conversation with God, even answers to age-old questions such as why the Holocaust was allowed to take place. Storm was sent back to his body with a new knowledge of the purpose of life here on earth. This book is his message of hope.
"This is a book you devour from cover to cover, and pass on to others. This is a book you will quote in your daily conversation. Storm was meant to write it and we were meant to read it."
-From the foreward by Anne Rice
As I lay on the ground, my tormentors swarming around me, a voice emerged from my chest. It sounded like my voice, but it wasn’t a thought of mine. I didn’t say it. The voice that sounded like my voice, but wasn’t, said, “Pray to God.” I remember thinking, “Why? What a stupid idea. That doesn’t work. What a cop-out . . .”
That voice said it again, “Pray to God!” It was more definite this time. I wasn’t sure what to do. Praying, for me as a child, had been something I had watched adults doing. It was something fancy and had to be done just so. I tried to remember prayers from my childhood experiences in Sunday school. Prayer was something you memorized. What could I remember from so long ago? Tentatively, I murmured a line, which was a jumble from the Twenty-third Psalm, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the Lord’s Prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and “God Bless America,” and whatever other churchly sounding phrases came to mind.
“Yea, though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. For purple mountain majesty, mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. Deliver us from evil. One nation under God. God Bless America.”
To my amazement, the cruel, merciless beings tearing the life out of me were incited to rage by my ragged prayer. It was as if I were throwing boiling oil on them. They screamed at me, “There is no God! Who do you think you’re talking to? Nobody can hear you! Now we are really going to hurt you.” They spoke in the most obscene language, worse than any blasphemy said on earth. But at the same time, they were backing away.
—From My Descent into Death
HOWARD STORM was a studio art professor at Northern Kentucky University for more than twenty years. Today he is an ordained minister and pastor of Zion United Church of Christ in Cincinnati, Ohio.
—From the Foreword by Anne Rice
SisterSwedenAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Very IntriguingMarch 4, 2015SisterSwedenAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3This book is an excellent story of redemption. I don't doubt Mr. Storm's experience of redemption and the expression of the love of Jesus, but in the middle of the book I was startled to understand he views Jesus as only a human baby that was clothed divinely and became the son of God. He supported that He is the Saviour, it is only through Him we are saved, but I understood that he doesn't view Christ as a part of the God-head prior to the immaculate birth. In addition, his statement on angels & Jesus were rather 'out there' at times and therefore what I thought was an excellent book to give others, I have now decided not to pass it onward as there are doctrinal errors. I felt inwardly that 85% of all he said was right on, but the other 15% was like his own doctrine. Sorry, but that is how I felt.
Gran1 Stars Out Of 5Don't waste your moneyFebruary 21, 2015GranQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I was very disappointed in this book as the author got into what the "angels" and "Jesus" told him to be "truth." There is so much error in this book, I destroyed it rather than share it with anyone else. I believe his heart is in the right place, just could not agree with so much he believes. My opinion.
Paul KPittsburgh, PAAge: 55-65Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5Unique NDE BookAugust 28, 2013Paul KPittsburgh, PAAge: 55-65Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I have read several NDE books. One thing that I like about this one is he discusses some issues that others don't mention, which he says he learned as a result of his NDE. For example, he gives an explanation as to why God lets wars and other evils occur on Earth and why He doesn't provide more convincing proof of His existence. The only thing that I was a little disappointed with is he spends little time discussing hell. I was hoping to learn more about heaven AND hell.
MikenhAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5excellentNovember 16, 2012MikenhAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5just an excelent story about God reaching to the pit of hell to answer prayer, even of someone who had kived a life with no regard to God.
charlieArkansasAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Makes you think!August 24, 2012charlieArkansasAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I didn't alway agree with somethings he said. Like, when he met people in heaven, he called them angels, as if all beings in heaven were angels. God said we would be over the angels. We wont be angels. And the angels told him God wouldn't come for another 200 yrs. The angel do not know the day and time of God's return, the same as us. But, I realize, each to their own understanding. What was really interesting was when he was in the hospital and what he went though with Paris's govenment medical plan. And, especially, when he went down the dark hall!! It's a good read. Just remember, you may not agree with it all.