New Book: ‘Through Heaven’s Gate and Back’ (Updated)

New Book: ‘Through Heaven’s Gate and Back’ (Updated)

Oct 18



Through Heaven’s Gate and Back: A Spiritual Journey of Healing and What It Taught Me About Love, Life, and Forgiveness
By Lee Thornton

Amazon Description

through-heavens-gateLee Thornton’s book is an autobiographical account of how her life-changing encounter during a near-death experience helped guide her on a path of healing. An upbringing that included childhood sexual abuse and deception left her battling depression and illness on her quest for wholeness. She recounts growing up as the daughter of a distinguished U.S. diplomat in a world where respectable appearances concealed the reality of underlying secrets, violation, duplicity and manipulation. In the course of going through a divorce, long separations from her son, struggles with unresolved family issues, and trying to heal from a chronic illness, she learns universal lessons about love, self-acceptance, and forgiveness that help her win her hard-fought battle for wholeness, authenticity, and the realization of her purpose. She hopes that sharing her story helps others who have suffered similar adversities or are seeking self-acceptance and greater fulfillment.


About The Author

Lee Thornton is a professional artist who has been represented by a number of galleries. She has also been a song writer whose works were featured as theme songs on various television shows.  In addition, Lee became a certified expressive arts therapist working with individuals and giving workshops to various population groups. She lives with her husband, Bernard, on the coast of New England. Lee can be contacted at


Related Links

• Lee Thornton’s Website



“Lee Thornton has written a compelling, inspiring book where she shares her glimpse of ‘heaven’ with us. In her writing, she presents her knowledge of what she learned in the other realm to the readers, and shares how this experience healed her physical life. It is written in the dramatic style of a novel, full of real life adventure, sorrow, suspense, and revelation. Readers will feel as though they are right there with her every step of the way, as she travels her spiritual path from debilitating childhood abuse and depression toward finally spreading her wings to realize her childhood dreams. Lee shows us by example how we can apply the lessons she learned from the other realm to our lives here.”

Anita Moorjani New York Times Bestselling Author of Dying to be Me

“What an inspiring book. Thank heaven Lee Thornton decided to share her remarkable life story with us. Lee’s book is a blessing as well as a terrific read.”

— Caroline Myss, author of New York Times best selling books Anatomy of the Spirit and Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can

“Striking in Lee’s ability to write like a novelist is her skill to spin stories of worldly travel with her family and former husband — while a growing bitterness and fear of her father sexually abusing her since the age of nine builds to the point that she is nearly crippled emotionally. A horrendous plane crash on a spit of a runway in the Nilgiri Mountains of South India, almost ends her life and that of her unborn son. She undergoes a light-filled near-death experience that both gives her hope and fades into the background as the reality of her nightmare of a life and her husband’s determination to take the boy away from her after a divorce, closes in. What Lee went through to reclaim her health, confront her father and her mother, and find her own identity, will grab you and it won’t let go. Her case is an important example of how, even the wonders of heaven and Eternity’s Great Light, are not enough to save anyone. Integration takes time. It takes effort. But above all it takes the experiencer’s willingness to do the work required to ‘let go, let God.’ Unbridled joy follows.”

P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., researcher, author, experiencer

“Lee Thornton journeyed from the depths of traumatizing, mind altering, and emotionally debilitating childhood sexual abuse by her father. She uses a paintbrush of descriptive words to show how trauma and her harmful family environment during childhood affected her adult life. A broken spirit, a remnant of a person, amidst a backdrop of privilege, Lee’s personal life echoed the powerlessness and symptom of her victimization.

“That is, until she sought professional help through counseling and other spiritual practices. It was then that she was finally able to fully accept herself. Whatever happened to her in the past, she managed to keep her soul.

“Thank you Lee for your honesty and bravery in telling this painful story. It’s beautifully done.”

— By Nancy Clark, author of Divine Moments; Ordinary People Having Spiritually Transformative Experiences

“Through Heaven’s Gate and Back speaks to all of us that have been abused as children. Lee Thornton’s descriptions of the aftereffects of repeated trauma and a profound Near-Death Experience (NDE) are not only true but explained in a way that the reader can take in. It is rare to find a book so well written that it has both sexual abuse and an NDE under one cover. We definitely will be recommending this book to our patients.”

— Charles L. Whitfield, MD, author of Healing the Child Within and Memory and Abuse and Barbara H. Whitfield, RT, author of Spiritual Awakenings and The Natural Soul



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