July 9, 2024

Announcing a New Edition of Lessons from the Light

Dear Friends and Fans of Ken Ring

Ken wanted to let you all know that a new edition of his most popular NDE book, and a classic, Lessons from the Light, has just been published by Red Wheel/Weiser. Here’s a bit about it from a press release of the publisher: 

New Page Books · July 2024
6 x 9 · 360 pages · $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-63748-018-2

“No other researcher has been able to
transmit to the rest of us the true meaning
and impact of near-death phenomena for
the planet.”—Bruce Greyson, MD,
bestselling author of After

“A major contribution that offers a wealth of
case materials together with balanced and
insightful commentary.”—Raymond A. Moody, PhD
bestselling author of Life After Life


Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Connecticut and cofounder and past president of the International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS). Regarded by many as the “Dean of NDE Researchers,” he is the founding editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies and the author of several books, including his bestselling Life at Death, Heading toward Omega, and The Omega Project. He lives in Kentfield, California.

Evelyn Elsaesser is an independent researcher and author in the field of death-related experiences, notably NDEs and after-death communications (ADCs). She has written numerous books and articles on these subjects, including Lessons from the Light, coauthored with Kenneth Ring. She is the leader of the research project "Investigation of the Phenomenology and Impact of Spontaneous After-Death Communications (ADCs)" and a founding member of the Scientific Committee of Swiss IANDS. She lives in Switzerland.

While providing many remarkable accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs), Lessons from the Light is much more than an inspiring collection of NDEs. In clear language, the practical lessons for living and dying are to be found from the study of these experiences. Written by one of the foremost authorities on NDEs, Lessons from the Light is a book for those looking to gain knowledge and wisdom to enhance their own lives by incorporating the insights stemming from what many people have come to believe is the ultimate spiritual experience.

Although Lessons from the Light recounts many moving stories of NDEs, it is not just another book filled with inspiring testimonies—it includes helpful guidance and practical exercises concerning how readers can make use of this knowledge to live with greater self-insight, self-compassion and concern for others, as well as be better prepared for death, dying, and bereavement. Readers can easily apply what they have learned to their own lives and absorb and internalize these lessons from the Light in such a way as to lead to deep personal and spiritual transformation.

This edition replaces the previous edition (ISBN 978-1-930491-11-3) and contains a new postscript by the author.


And here is the introduction to Ken’s postscript to this new edition:

Of course, I’m delighted that with this edition of Lessons from the Light, I can welcome a new generation of readers to the world of NDE research and its implications for how to make use of this information to enrich one’s daily life.  Personally, it’s particularly gratifying to me to know that this book, which was originally published in 1998, has continued to attract many readers for so long a time to become seemingly a perennial standard in the field of near-death studies.

But I’m not here to break my arm while trying to pat myself on the back.  All I want to say is that I have continued to work and write in the field for all these years and have published more books on this subject as well as on a variety of other topics.  If you want to learn more about my recent publications, you can always go to Amazon or my blog site, https://www.kenringblog.com.

I have also continued to follow new developments in the field, and here, in this postscript, I thought I could introduce you to one of the most exciting of these new areas of research which, when it becomes better known, is sure to intrigue and dazzle many readers.

Get ready to read about something called "terminal lucidity." Once you do, I think you will see why I myself have been so taken with what it has to tell us about another apparent miracle that occurs at the advent of death. 


The postscript continues with a reprint of one of Ken’s blogs, which begins: 

Miraculous Returns:  Terminal Lucidity and the Work of Alexander Batthy√°ny

We who must die demand a miracle.
-- W. H. Auden

You can also find this article by going to 

-- Other Editions of Lessons From The Light:


  1. Barbara Harris WhitfieldJuly 9, 2024 at 9:40 AM

    Barbara Harris Whitfield July 8, 2024 at 7:26 AM
    Ah! The Good Ol' Days of Research and the International Association for Near-Death Studies. I was the first female on the board. There are plenty of pictures from back in the early 1980s including a great board gathering in my backyard. Then Bruce Greyson and I ran a conference on Clinical Approaches to the Near-Death Experience. This was a wonderful gathering of clinicians and something I had wanted since my NDE when a few clinicians I chose to confide in looked at me like I was crazy. As painful as that was for me when trying to find answers, it became a joy when I met Ken Ring and then Bruce Greyson.


  2. Congrats on the newest version of the book! This amazing book is the gold standard of how everyone can benefit from learning about the life-changing wisdom of NDEs!

  3. Kate from CT (Now in PA!)July 11, 2024 at 9:56 AM

    Fantastic!! I am so happy to see this new edition out. I'm adding it to my christmas wishlist. Happy to see that Ken is doing well. Peace and love to you and Ken!