The Awakening Heart: My Continuing Journey to Love
by Betty J. Eadie 
Betty J. Eadie (Biography)
|Of Native American and Scots-Irish parents, Betty J. (Stewart) Eadie was born in rural Nebraska and spent her early childhood on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She was the seventh of ten children. When Betty was four, her parents separated, and Betty was placed in a Catholic boarding school along with six of her siblings.|
In November of 1973, at the age of 31, Betty J. Eadie died following routine surgery. After undergoing what has been called the most profound and detailed near-death experience ever recorded, she returned with a life-changing message. Enlightened by her experience, Betty turned to the study of psychology and the human response to death. As part of that study, she volunteered her time with dying patients and their families, learning the various perspectives of others who, like her, had experienced death. She also participated in a near-death study with a local university. Compelled to learn more about the "total connection" of spirit, mind and body, Betty entered one of the largest schools of hypnosis. She graduated at the top of her class, and opened a clinic to continue her examination of the subconscious mind and its connection, if any, to the near-death experience. For 19 years, Betty shared the knowledge and message of her NDE with family and friends, and eventually began speaking publicly about it. In 1992 she was prompted and encouraged to share her extraordinary experience with the rest of the world. The result was the remarkable book, Embraced By The Light. After Embraced was published, Betty gave up her hypnotherapy practice and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain, speaking on death and what awaits us beyond this life.
The phenomenal success of Embraced By The Light stunned the publishing world. Never before had a book by an unknown author, from an unknown publishing house, demanded so much attention and become a long lasting New York Times bestseller. Embraced went on to sell 6 million copies and stayed on the Times bestseller list in hardcover and paperback for more than two years, including more than a year in the prestigious #1 position. The worldwide attention and acclaim that followed its publication changed many lives, including Betty’s. More importantly to Betty, the sharing of her near-death experience brought comfort and hope to millions of people by freeing them from the fear of death and dying. Its message of God’s unconditional love also taught people to be less judgmental, and to live each day with greater joy and happiness. Such a powerful and timely message eventually made Embraced By The Light one of the best-selling books of the decade.
Betty's experience with God gave her great tranquility and peace, and as her profound insights continued to evolve, she felt moved to share them by writing additional books. The Awakening Heart (which also became a national bestseller) answered hundreds of the questions received from the readers of Embraced By The Light. Betty followed The Awakening Heart with her third and most recent title, The Ripple Effect. Her first teaching book, The Ripple Effect is a powerful and moving book that demonstrates how each of our acts is more important than we know because they ripple out to affect countless other people. The Ripple Effect was the first title published by Betty's own company, Onjinjinkta Publishing, which was founded not only to publish Betty’s writing but to produce other books that shared her beliefs. Today, after more than 25 years of NDE studies, Betty J. Eadie continues her quest by collecting and evaluating thousands of near-death accounts. Through lectures and workshops, she offers understanding not only of the afterlife with God but understanding of how to live this life in a fulfilling way.
Betty and her husband, Joe, reside in the greater Seattle area, where they celebrate 37 years of marriage. They are the parents of eight children and the grandparents of 15.