Alan R. Stevenson Releases New Book Sharing Lessons from Surviving Death

The things he was shown during a near-death experience continue to influence Alan R. Stevenson. He shares his feelings and revelations in a new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Indianapolis, IN, April 19, 2016 --( “I wish I could say the day I died was just another ordinary day so it would appear more literarily dramatic.” This intriguing opening sentence of a new book by Alan R. Stevenson, who had a near-death experience on Feb. 26, 2012, dramatically sets the scene for an unforgettable day. He describes his experience – and what it inspired him to do – in the book, which has been released by Dog Ear Publishing.

“I had To Die To Learn How To Live” details the events that unfold during Stevenson’s near-death experience, which followed chest pain and a walk in a face-pounding winter storm that led to a heart attack on a bus. As he slips away, he sees his guardian, a tiger nearly six feet tall, recognizable from when he has helped Stevenson in past situations. After viewing an emotional summary of his life and glimpsing three mysterious beings, he’s given the choice to stay or to come back to the living. He chooses life, having survived a so-called widow-maker heart attack.

While coming to grips with the psychological effects of feeling out of sync with the world, Stevenson realizes his new mission in life is to work with people who have become stuck, whether through the grief of losing a loved one or having no clear idea of the path they want to take in life. He draws inspiration from something he saw during his near-death experience – the connections made between turning points in one’s life.

The book points out the importance of the need to unite as members of the human race, as everyone wrestles with their life’s purpose. Stevenson writes that the purpose is to experience fully and wholly all that one can to learn emotionally from each experience, which allows people to grow more humanistic toward themselves and others to evolve at the “primary Soulful level” of their true essence to a greater state of conscious awareness. He also writes of the power of love for oneself and others, physical connections from atoms to fellow humans, the failure of the human race to reject fear, and the realization that the time for change is now.

Author Alan R. Stevenson was a typical 40-something man who spent much of his career as a cook and baker before the near-death experience that changed his life. He has two daughters, Meaghan and Danika. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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I Had To Die To Learn How To Live
Alan R. Stevenson
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-4346-3 190 pages $16.95 US

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