New Book: ‘Divine Moments…’

New Book: ‘Divine Moments…’

Apr 02


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DIVINE MOMENTS: ORDINARY PEOPLE HAVING SPIRITUALLY TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCES
By Nancy Clark
Published 2012-02-07

Amazon Product Description

Nancy Clark’s life was transformed forever by a near-death and a near-death-like experience that resulted in her passion to show us that humans can experience the reality of their true, authentic self — the self that is rooted in the divine and brimming with love for all humanity. She has been researching spiritually transformative experiences for thirty years and now in this groundbreaking book, she has compiled diverse spiritually transformative experiences happening to ordinary people today. The experiences are varied and include near-death and near-death-like experiences, out-of-body experiences, after-death communications, spiritual awakenings, religious conversion experiences, meditative and prayerful experiences, and mystical experiences. Learn how these individuals awakened to a new understanding of their deepest assumptions about the eternal questions: Why am I here? Where am I going? What is the purpose of life? Learn how their inner wisdom can assist all of us in understanding that we are more than biological beings; we are spirits of consciousness that are gifted with a love born of our divine nature.

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BOOK REVIEW

A SUPERLATIVE BOOK — INSPIRING AND FULL OF SPIRITUAL WISDOM
By Kenneth Ring

There are now scores of books about near-death experiences, those brief excursions into a realm of unutterable peace, complete acceptance and absolute love that have inspired so many of us who have learned about these transcendent states reported by many thousands of individuals who have survived such journeys and lived to tell about them. But there are relatively few books, such as Nancy Clark’s Divine Moments, that recount the stories of people who have had the same kind of transformative experience without coming close to death. Indeed, the evidence suggests that there are many more such people — surely millions of them — who have had essentially the same kind of spiritual revelation in any number of ways, none of them associated with any near-death crisis, that the near-death experience affords. Because of the inherent drama associated with near-death experiences, however, and the fact they have been studied by doctors and other professionals and featured so often on television, they have received a great deal of attention over the past 35 years or so, ever since Raymond Moody published his ground-breaking book on the subject, Life After Life. And because Moody labeled these episodes “near-death experiences,” those who had them could easily be identified by this term.

But the persons who have had the same kind of experience without its being triggered by the onset of death, because they have never had a similar label applied to them and are therefore much more difficult to identify, have largely been overlooked. Indeed, I know from my own experience that they have sometimes been made to feel that their own stories have been slighted, both by researchers and the general public, simply because theirs were not occasioned by the drama of a near-death event.

This omission is finally being rectified and it is the signal contribution of Nancy Clark’s book to bring to a wider public many of these stories, which she rightly calls “spiritually transformative experiences,” or, alternatively, “near-death-like experiences.” Clark has diligently searched for such people — “ordinary people,” for the most part, she says — who were wiling to tell her their stories, and in this book she presents over 40 of them. The reader soon sees that these people for the most part describe experiences that replicate classic near-death experiences, and, perhaps even more important, tend to lead to the same kind of changes afterward — greater compassion for others and reverence for all life, wanting to be of service to others, decreased materialism, loss of the fear of death, etc. These testimonies that Clark has compiled are deeply moving and very inspirational to read.

But there is far more in this book than an anthology of inspirational stories. And that is because of the author herself has had not only a near-death experience in connection with the birth of one of her children, where she was actually left for dead, but some years later, in 1979, an even more profound spiritually transformative experience while — of all things! — delivering a eulogy for a dear friend. In one chapter of her book — a chapter that is so luminous that it seems to be written in words of light — Clark describes both of these extraordinary encounters with the divine, and to me, this chapter alone would make the book worth reading. And what you find throughout this book, in this chapter and in some of the others that the author has written, is a distillation of Clark’s spiritual understanding, which is profound. Though Clark is modest and writes with a great humility, she has obviously become a spiritual teacher and this book both begins and ends by offering the reader important spiritual truths about the nature and snares of the ego and, in contrast, the bliss and blessings of the true self, which is to be found in experiences like those she describes in this book. These chapters of Clark’s give the reader so much spiritual treasure that one can only be grateful to the author for sharing her own hard-won wisdom as well as the many wonderful stories she has provided in this bountiful collection.

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RELATED LINKS:

Nancy Clark’s Website
Pulse on Near-Death Experiences
NDE Stories
NHNE NDE

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1 comment

  1. Tamsin

    What put me off buying this book were the continuous references to ‘God’ and ‘He’/’Him’.

    Surely we who are researching spirituality are past all this now? So passe.

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