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BENTON, Ark., March 14, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Terry James, author of more than twenty books on the study of end times and a life-long resident of Arkansas, has just had published his book on his dying clinically three times on Good Friday, April 22, 2011, and being restored to life by defibrillation shocks.
HeavenVision: Glimpses into Glory relates his visit to what he believes is the fringes of Heaven when his heart stopped on three different occasions on that day, after arriving at Saline Memorial Hospital while suffering severe chest pains.
"The paramedic emergency crew members were just pulling me from the back of the ambulance at the emergency room doors when my chest felt like it would explode," says James. "Then, I heard a computer-like sound. It was like a blip you hear when going from one website to another. Then, instantaneously, I found myself looking into the faces of the most beautiful, vibrant, cheering young people one could imagine.
"Their arms were raised in a gesture of victory, and I felt that this is where I belong. It happened two more times, when my heart stopped beating again. The same throng of young people in their mid-twenties beckoned me to join them."
In his book, James recounts his and many other near-death experiences from those who have died clinically then were restored to life.
His editor and close friend of twenty years, Angie Peters, also a published author, co-wrote the book with James. "She knows me as well as my own family, so I wanted her to help shape the book so the story could be told from first-hand observation of my medical condition as well as by my own recounting of what I saw -- what I experienced."
And, that James "saw" the throng of what he believes were heavenly young people is most significant: He has been totally blind since 1993 due to a retinal disease (retinitis pigmentosa).
"I saw better than 20/20," James recalls of his experience. "I visually took in every nuance of the brilliant ambiance that sparked from within the young people and from their surroundings. But, more than that, I sensed at a profound level the love and inner warmth of that realm."
According to the interventional cardiologist who removed the arterial blockage that stopped his heart, James suffered a "widow-maker" heart attack. Statistically, 95 percent of those who suffer this particular form of heart attack don't survive.
As a result of the highly unusual nature of his case, the Cardiologists Association of Arkansas named James "Cardiology Patient of the Year" for 2011.
The e-book and hard-cover editions of HeavenVision: Glimpses into Glory are available at www.amazon.com. The hard-cover edition is set for release later this spring and will be available at other online booksellers as well as at major retail bookstores throughout the country.