Experiencer Dr. George Ritchie
Dr. George G. Ritchie, M.D. (born September 25, 1923; died October 29, 2007) held positions as president of the Richmond Academy of General Practice; chairman of the Department of Psychiatry of Towers Hospital; and founder and president of the Universal Youth Corps, Inc. for almost 20 years. In 1967, he entered private psychiatry practice in Richmond and in 1983, moved to Anniston, Alabama, to serve as head of the Department of Psychiatry at the Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center. He returned to Richmond in 1986 to continue in private practice until retirement in 1992. At the age of twenty, George Ritchie died in an army hospital and was pronounced dead twice by the doctor on duty. Nine minutes later he returned to life. Dr. Ritchie wrote of his near-death experience (NDE) in Return from Tomorrow, co-written with Elizabeth Sherrill, in 1978. In Return from Tomorrow, he tells of his out-of-body experience, his meeting with Jesus Christ, and his travel with Christ through different dimensions of time and space. Return from Tomorrow has been translated into nine languages. Ritchie’s story was the first contact Dr. Raymond Moody, PhD had with NDEs, during his undergraduate studies in philosophy at the University of Virginia. This led Moody to investigate over 150 cases of NDEs in his book Life After Life and two other books that followed.
Chapter 56: Angels, Angels Everywhere
The excerpt from this chapter comes from Dr. George Ritchie’s near-death experience as recorded in his best-selling book, “Return from Tomorrow.” It was Ritchie’s story that inspired Dr. Raymond Moody to research near-death experiences. Moody’s first book, “Life After Life,” was dedicated to Ritchie, who was both a friend and a colleague.
Return from Tomorrow
by George C. Ritchie
At the age of twenty, George Ritchie died in an army hospital. Nine minutes later, he returned to life. What happened to him during those minutes was so compelling, it changed his life forever. In Return from Tomorrow, he tells of his out-of-the-body encounter with other nonphysical beings, his travel through different dimensions of time and space, and ultimately, his transforming meeting with the Light of the world, the Son of God. Ritchie’s amazing experience not only altered his view of eternity-it has since directed and governed his entire life. One of the most startling and hopeful descriptions of the realm beyond, Return from Tomorrow may change your life for the better, too!