Customer Reviews of Ordered to Return: My Life After Dying
This was the first book that got me interested in the near death experience studies. It is fasinating and once you read it, unlike many other books, you will not forget it. You will find yourself thinking of it long after you read the last page. Highly recommended.
An Amazing Story, Life Changing
This is not a conventional book in many ways and yet the experience of Dr. Ritchie is ordinary to begin with and then what happens to him is truly amazing. Yes, some people who are conservative or traditional may balk at some of the doctor's experiences, however the Bible itself is full of amazing and other world experiences at times. Are we so jaded and so sure as a world now that we aren't worthy of those amazing and other world experiences that we cannot accept them, even if they can transform lives for only the better? I hope not and this book is a transforming experience if only the reader now matter what his or her background will open their heart and mind.
This book presents Dr. Richie's experience and what he has learned from it after a lifetime of living what he saw at age 20. His insight into today's problems and the cure is as accurate and simply put as any I've ever read. I strongly recommend you read his first book ("Return from Tomorrow") which describes his initial experience in detail before reading this one as it will give you better background information and have a deeper meaning for you. This is the book that confirms what I have felt in my heart for years. If you are searching for simple truths and answers, this is the book for you. It's sensible, matter-of-fact, down-to-Earth, and not some off-the-wall description of an after-death experience that's difficult, if not impossible to believe!
Dr. Ritchie's books are some of the most believable and rational of all the books on near death experience that I've read. He passes away at age 20 while not having realized his dreams as a young man and as his spiritual self as Jesus tells him during the near death experience. "What have you done"? Jesus asks him and it becomes evident that earthly accomplishment isn't what's at stake but what has Ritchie done for others in Jesus' name and spirit. He is sent back to and given a number of years to to accomplish more spiritually motivated things.
The author goes on to relate the trials of his young life which include having to struggle to get into and complete medical school. It's such a profoundly human story and Dr. Ritchie candidly shares his imperfections and mistakes.
He then goes on to put what he learned from the death experience into his psychiatric medical practice: the acceptance of others, the desire to help and assist in healing, humilty and warmth. I liked this part the best.
What I found refreshing is that this story doesn't seem to be as "far-out" as some of the other ones I've read. It's practical and I came away feeling comforted and uplifted. It might not take a NDE to live such an inspired life but for the author, it was his best life experience. I bought the book while experiencing grief over a death of someone close and found comfort in it. I gave it to someone else who was also feeling the loss and she hasn't been able to put it down. Dr. Ritchie is a profoundly warm, humble and eloquent writer who can inspire a re-dedication of purpose defeating the seemingly destructive force of death.
This book is an excellent testimony about God's promise. It will renew faith, offer hope and satisfy curiosity about life after our life on Earth.