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New York Times bestselling author of Imagine Heaven John Burke joins John O’Leary on the the Live Inspired Podcast.

What happens when we die? Is there another life? Why are we here? These are questions we’ve wrestled with since the dawn of humanity.

As the author of the New York Times bestselling book Imagine Heaven, John Burke has spent more than three decades studying firsthand accounts of individuals who’ve returned from the brink of death. These awe-inspiring experiences have been shared by people of all ages and cultures, including doctors, college professors, and bank presidents, revealing striking commonalities.

Today, John joins us to share his journey from being a skeptical agnostic to a firm believer, along with numerous gripping stories of near-death experiences and what they mean for us.

Whether you have pondered the mysteries of life after death or seek solace after the loss of a loved one, this conversation is for you.

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  • After growing skeptical about faith, John encountered a book about near-death-experiences (NDE) which opened his mind to explore.
  • I like to think of faith not as believing something that you can’t see, but rather faith, like trust or belief. My wife and I stayed together because of faith. We have faith in one another. We trust in one another. We believe in one another.”
  • A 1982 Gallup poll found that an estimated 8 million Americans, or 1 in 25 people, have had a near-death experience.
  • Oncologist Dr. Jeffrey Long and cardiologist Dr. Michael Sabom sought to scientifically dispel the experiences of NDE survivors. Instead, they discovered an abundance of evidence leading to their contributions to the more than 900 scholarly and peer-reviewed articles.
  • In studying NDE survivors, Dr. Janice Holden found that 96% of their observations were 100% correct.
  • Advice or encouragement for those nearing death, or those watching a loved one nearing death?  The best is yet to come. It only gets better from here.
  • Get a copy of John Burke’s New York Times bestseller Imagine Heaven.
  • Preorder John Burke’s forthcoming book Imagine the God of Heaven.

Did you enjoy today’s episode?

You’ll love my conversation with Dr. Eben Alexander. As an agnostic neuroscientist, Eben experienced a life-altering near death experience that changed his worldview. Hear how his near-death-experience changed his understanding of science, the world we live in today, the life beyond it and what it means in your inspired life. Listen to Dr. Eben Alexander on ep. 123.


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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. The Bible, specifically the Book of John.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. I was a musician and I've kind of lost that.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. My computer because I have all my photos and all my videos accessible there.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. My dad. I haven't talked to him in years. I can't wait to have a conversation with him.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. Don't take yourself too seriously. You're going to look back and realize all the things that you thought were so important aren't and the things that you didn't are.
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. Jesus said, do not worry. Don't worry. Your life is more than these things.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. He was faithful.