“Visions From Above: My Journey — My Destiny,” by Amy Jamison, Balboa Press, Bloomington, Ind., 96 pages, $8.99.

For those who have ever had an out-of-body experience, a near-death one, or have been pronounced dead and come back to life, it is both life changing, but also an event people are reluctant to share with others.

The reality of being called crazy and being avoided is a very real possibility. These occurrences are being shared more often than in the past.

There is still the initial fear of others automatically denying the reality of an individual’s experience. For some, they wait decades or wait for another to break the unspoken code of silence before they will risk coming forward and sharing their experiences.

This book is a factual account about such an event experienced but the author, Amy Jamison. In 1976, she was pronounced dead, having had walking pneumonia, which resulted in a collapsed lung. She recalled hearing the physician documenting the time of death.

By blowing on the white sheet covering her face and body, Jamison got the attention of a Roman Catholic priest who had given her last rites, before her body was slid into the hospital’s morgue.

Her descriptions from the time she was pronounced dead to her return to her body are very vividly told as are the times during the succeeding years.

Those whom she met while on this journey, the gifts of her being able to see into the future both frightened and enabled her to do new tasks for which she felt very unprepared.

Jamison also felt uncertain of how to use this newly found knowledge.

Of particular discomfort to her were visions of future events involving her friends and family that began in the early 1980s. Among them were a stabbing, fire, death, as well as her awareness of good and bad spirits. She had no idea with whom to share these experiences.

It is while she is attending a service and hearing a visiting minister that she senses God has used the minister to give her a message. He, in turn, feels she has received the answer to her many unanswered prayers.

One unresolved question still looms; a test the elders in heaven inform her she must pass before she will be enabled to learn the answer to a mystery she’s wanted to know as long as she can remember.

Her visions are both answers, yet create more mysteries in her life. By the end of the book, Jamison finds the answer she’s sought.

She is to use these insights for the good of others in creating a group of others who have had similar experiences.

By sharing their experiences, the group hopes to understand God’s message for today’s world.

Margaret Barno lives in Tyler. She is an avid reader, creative short story writer, mentor and enjoys crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

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