Review of the Book:



Return From Tomorrow


(A Near-Death Experience)

Thirty years before the near-death experience of best-selling author Betty Eadie, George Ritchie had his extraordinary NDE. A number of similarities between these two accounts are significant. Although Ritchies’ book, Return from Tomorrow, received less attention than Eadie’s Embraced by the Light, both author’s tell of meeting Jesus Christ and being awed by His indescribable love and powerful light. Both Richie and Eadie were transformed by their encounter with God. And both had incredible journeys in a wonderful spiritual and physical universe.


In 1943, in an army hospital in Texas, Ritchie had been sicker than he thought. He woke up in a small room and quickly got out of bed. There was no sign of his clothes, but what he did find shocked him: a man’s body in the very bed he had just left. Leaving the mystery behind, for the moment, he raced out of the hospital and literally flew back towards Virginia, surprised at his new power of flight but determined, above all else, to get back to Richmond. Stopping at an unknown city to get directions, he discovered that nobody could see or hear him. Maybe the problem was not with them. Pondering his experiences, he realized that he had lost his physical self. He flew back to the army hospital in Texas, determined to find his body. He found it but also found a being of indescribable light and love: Jesus Christ.

Return from Tomorrow is more than just an account of a face-to-face encounter between George Ritchie and Jesus Christ, however. Richie was shown how addictions and bitterness attained in this mortal life can follow us into the next life. Like Betty Eadie, he was shown the pointlessness of selfishness or self-centered ambition. Although the places were he traveled in his NDE differ in some ways from Eadie’s, the point is the same: We need to learn to love others and become free from the spiritual weaknesses we become entangled with in mortality. We need Jesus Christ.


Return from Tomorrow, was published by Fleming H. Revell (a division of Baker Publishing Group), Grand Rapids, MI. Book facts: 124 pages; 7” by 4.25” paperback.


From back cover: “At the age of twenty, George Ritchie died in an army hospital. Nine minutes later, he returned to life. What happened to him during those minutes was so compelling, it changed his life forever.”


The reviewer, Jonathan Whitcomb, is a forensic videographer and author of the nonfiction book Searching for Ropens (Living Pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea): another book about the purposefulness of life.

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