In doing so, Encouraged by the Light supplies both subjective and objective viewpoints. The subjective is Christian in thinking, including Bible passages. The objective is religiously neutral—inoffensive to followers of other religions, and thereby, a tool for many.
The book discusses NDE elements as logical near-proofs (satori) of a Superior Being, a return to a simple relationship with him, the necessities of faith, and the constitution of the individual—mind, body, spirit—all for your decission making benefit.
As the book title states, the NDE enables, empowers, and encourages John Edwards and his wife, Sharon, through a lifetime of faith, Christian service, and missionary work—like returning the Russian manner of publishing Bibles to the people of Russia.
The participation of the author's academically strong, missionary friends, combine with the couple's extensive publishing career, to formulate a light, intelligent, understandable, and easy “read” with clear explanations within the covers, of a self-published book of the highest standards, that contains the insight of fourty-five years of reflection.
J O H N C H E C K E D T O M A K E S U R E EACH PERSON RECEIVED their purchase of Encouraged by the Light okay. John's readers replied!———
John has taken us on a personal journey, sharing his depth of experience—from the time of the horrific automobile accident, to the events encountered as a result of his severe injuries—concluding with a greater perspective of life, death and, more importantly, total Christian service.
The book is thought provoking and challenging, with an abiding dedication to details and correlation to Scripture.
A very interesting read! —Carolyn B., a church friend
Yes, I have it on my den coffee table and have enjoyed what I’ve read so far. I['ve] been reading and rereading certain segments. Can’t help it—such a flood of memories.
Thanks for checking. —Blessings, Steve, Steve went through the whole experience with John and the others
Received book—thank you. Congratulations John—God has given you special spiritual skills. —your bud, Tom, Tom is John's BFE & saved his life during the experience
You are TOO kind! Thank you so much for our copies. David [the photojournalist] and I are very grateful. I am looking forward to reading it. Congratulations on the printing!Thank you for letting us tell your story. —Blessings, Jared, KSFM, Channel 5 TV news reporter, Fort Smith, Arkansas
My books made it fine and although I haven't been able to read much yet (2 chapters) I am enjoying what I am reading.
Isn't it a shame that some of us have to have a life-changing experience like you had, to realize that the things of this world are not important. [Indeed!]
I underwent emergency surgery in October of 2009. I didn't know how close I came to death until I came out from under the drugs-induced coma I was in for 30 days.
I look forward to ... share[ing] some memories.God Bless you, and thanks for sharing your life changing journey with all of us. —Joseph W., yet another high school buddy
I’ve received the book and am having trouble putting it down. I am on page 100 now and stayed up to about 2 am this morning reading it.
Thanks for writing it and giving us all those insights into the world that lies before us.Your accident was the same kind that took my granddaughter Ashton Lastname home to be with the Lord just two months ago. [:-(]
Hugs to all. I still think of you when I go play tennis. —Blessings, dean j, fellow missionary buddy
About the Author
John Edwards's strength and persistence are from a near-death experience at age 17. Head injuries were responsible for his traumatic brain injury (TBI.) The TBI brought about the near-death experience (NDE.)
John returned with heightened values: to know and please God better the preservation of life to learn all he can
John got involved in the biomedical equipment industry at a very exciting time. He got involved with the more complicated areas-heart catherization, angiography, and cross-axial tomography (CAT) labs.
After learning their skills were needed in overseas Christian missionary work, John and Sharon began their mid-life crises. They planned to get involved in Bible translation, particularly, the publishing of Bibles. First, it seemed only right that John return to university to study computers. They then joined Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Institute of Linguistics.
Their proficiency with computers lead into graphic arts, page design, and automated processes, "their specialty."
While in that work, John was appointed a core member of a couple of standards development efforts to better automate Scripture publishing. They were OSIS (The Bible Forum) and USFM (United Bible Society).
For twenty years the couple tirelessly traveled to the Philippines, Mexico, Australia, Guatemala, Britain, Colombia, Papua New Guinea, and Russia, returning the Russian Scripture publishing traditions to the Russian people.
John's health was consumed through the suitcase lifting portions of so much travel, and from the duration of numerous medical needs because of the TBI. So, he is now medically retired.
Finally John had the time to author, explain, and publish this book which reconciles Scripture and his NDE. The title is "Encouraged by the Light."
An extra pleasantry: the qualities of their publishing past is reflected in the quality of this work.
Between the covers is a balance of Christian subjective and objective interpretations of his NDE, while remaining true to the mainstream interpretations of Christian Scriptures. While doing so, he also, relates and contributes to two topics; the Mind-Body Problem of philosophy and the Freewill Discussions of theology. A healthy contribution.
John's life has been an exciting life-motivated, energized, and encouraged by a near-death experience that involved seeing the Light.