Through Heaven's Gate and Back: A Spiritual Journey of Healing and What It Taught Me About Love, Life, and Forgiveness
Lee Thornton’s book is an autobiographical account of how her life-changing encounter during a near-death experience helped guide her on a path of healing. An upbringing that included childhood sexual abuse and deception left her battling depression and illness on her quest for wholeness. She recounts growing up as the daughter of a distinguished U.S. diplomat in a world where respectable appearances concealed the reality of underlying secrets, violation, duplicity and manipulation. In the course of going through a divorce, long separations from her son, struggles with unresolved family issues, and trying to heal from a chronic illness, she learns universal lessons about love, self-acceptance, and forgiveness that help her win her hard-fought battle for wholeness, authenticity, and the realization of her purpose. She hopes that sharing her story helps others who have suffered similar adversities or are seeking self-acceptance and greater fulfillment.
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Oct 28, 2014MORE PRAISE FOR THROUGH HEAVEN'S GATE ***** Lee Thornton has written a compelling, inspiring book where she shares her glimpse of “heaven” with us. In her writing, she presents her knowledge of what she learned in the other realm to the readers, and shares how this experience healed her physical life. It is written in the dramatic style of a novel, full of real life adventure, sorrow, suspense, and revelation. Readers will feel as though they are right there with her every step of the way, as she travels her spiritual path from debilitating childhood abuse and depression toward finally spreading her wings to realize her childhood dreams. Lee shows us by example how we can apply the lessons she learned from the other realm to our lives here.* Anita Moorjani* New York Times Bestselling Author of “Dying to be Me”***** Striking in Lee’s ability to write like a novelist is her skill to spin stories of worldly travel with her family and former husband – while a growing bitterness and fear... More > of her father sexually abusing her since the age of nine builds to the point that she is nearly crippled emotionally. A horrendous plane crash on a spit of a runway in the Nilgiri Mountains of South India, almost ends her life and that of her unborn son. She undergoes a light-filled near-death experience that both gives her hope and fades into the background as the reality of her nightmare of a life and her husband’s determination to take the boy away from her after a divorce, closes in. What Lee went through to reclaim her health, confront her father and her mother, and find her own identity, will grab you and it won’t let go. Her case is an important example of how, even the wonders of heaven and Eternity’s Great Light, are not enough to save anyone. Integration takes time. It takes effort. But above all it takes the experiencer’s willingness to do the work required to “let go, let God.” Unbridled joy follows.* P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., researcher, author* Dying to Know You: Proof of God in the Near-Death Experience, The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences, Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of The Story, Future Memory.< Less
Sep 10, 2014THESE ARE ENDORSEMENTS PRAISING "THROUGH HEAVEN'S GATE AND BACK" "What an inspiring book. Thank heaven Lee Thornton decided to share her remarkable life story with us. Lee's book is a blessing as well as a terrific read." Caroline Myss, author of New York Times best selling books Anatomy of the Spirit and Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can. "What an incredible story of one woman's personal experience with abuse and depression, healed when she was led to access her soul-wisdom following her near-death experience. I read the book cover to cover in one sitting. A real page turner. I highly recommend it!" Nancy Clark, award-winning author,†Hear His Voice: The Light's Message for Humanity; Revelations from a Woman Who Came Back From Heaven's Door Twice "The Light that Lee Thornton encountered during a Near Death Experience shines brightly from the first pages of Through Heaven's Gate and Back, illuminating and carrying the reader through the darker... More > periods of Lee's life to the deep lessons revealed in the book's highly satisfying conclusion. For those who have never known prolonged depression, the author's painful struggles, expressed with exquisite literary artistry, elicit empathy and compassion. Those who have experienced the dark nights of the soul she so deftly describes in this compelling memoir will find hope, healing, and comfort from the wisdom she gained on her path to alignment with her true Self." Suzanne Giesemann, author of Messages of Hope and Wolf's Message "Through Heaven's Gate and Back speaks to all of us that have been abused as children. Lee Thornton's descriptions of the aftereffects of repeated trauma are not only true but explained in a way that the reader can take in. Her profound Near- Death Experience (NDE) and the subsequent aftereffects are also clear, heart felt and well written. She is definitely gifted in the way she expresses herself. And, it is rare to find a book so well written that has child sexual abuse and a life altering NDE under one cover. We definitely will be recommending this book to our patients." Charles L. Whitfield, MD Author of Healing the Child Within and Memory and Abuse Barbara H. Whitfield, RT Author of Spiritual Awakenings and The Natural Soul< Less
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