â€œLaugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.â€ Many doubts surfaced when writing this book. However, this is a gift to my children, my family and my old and new friends, so I pushed through. I do not expect anything in return for writing about my experience, except perhaps a friendly conversation. While the events contained within are factual, I still had continual doubts about writing a book, especially about spirituality. Moreover, writing a book for my children, family and friends could also be misunderstood, especially in light of the controversial content. Yet, this book should be taken on face value. It is a story. The story is both simple and true. Whatever is a takeaway from the story is left to the reader. As I wrote my story, I realized that there is a plethora of books, YouTube videos, podcasts, and articles about Near-Death Experiences (NDEs). Rather than aligning with the NDE movement, I have chosen to often refer to my NDE as â€˜the eventâ€™ so that I can highlight the fact that the event was not a singular instance, but an ongoing unfolding of events â€“ a multiverse, for the lack of a better term. An occurrence added depth and a rich color to my once sepia-toned life. The multifaceted nature of the event is something that we each share, even if our memory and recollection for similar life-altering occurrences have become weak. I hope the story also enriches your view of life as well. If you had asked me prior to the event if I would write a book about spirituality in the future, I would reply that I could glue together snippets and re-interpreted parts about what Iâ€™ve learned throughout life about God, the spirit, and the hereafter in a work that would reasonably approximate a sixth-grade book report. No insult to smart sixth-graders either. The report would be a mental reflection of what I have read and assimilated, from the many writings of the Bible, Koran, and Buddhism. It would be written using content from heady intellect, and not the emotion of a vibrant heart. Critics of the report might kindly state that it was written to be reasonably useful as a brief compendium of new-ageism. I hurl at that notion. The event was never reasonable. It fell outside of everything logical and reasonable. However, here I am to report the unreasonable nature of the event to you. It truly is without reason. The event gave me a peek into the many realms that exist and the collapsing of time into a myriad of the multi-dimensional landscape that exists, continually, for each of us. This multi-dimensionality is referred to by the suggestion of string theory and quantum theory. However, I will not be expanding on any heady or theoretical concepts, theories, or conjecture in this short book. I do not have the time nor, certainly, the depth of knowledge of physics to provide any reasonable discussion on these theories. I will not bore you. Instead, I chose to write about one profound life, pulled from one of many threads, that I participated in during the event. During the extracted life, I was gifted four lessons that I will share with you. As I started to write the story, I thought - in school, you are given the lessons first and then are given the test. In life, you are given the test first. The lessons then follow. Through this story, you will see that I was first given a large test of faith. The lessons soon followed.