“Wow! Riveting. Stephanie Arnold takes all her readers – – even the hyper-logical – – on her journey along the most fascinating paths of the human spirit. The most logical, linear thinkers will find it hard (if not impossible) to explain her experience using analytical methods.” (Matthew Rhodes-Kropf, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School)
“Stephanie Arnold’s journalistic instincts made this remarkable happening a compelling reading experience.” (Dennis Swanson, President of Station Operations at Fox Television)
“Engaging, riveting, terrifying, inspiring, enlightening…this book isn’t just for the believer, this book is for the curious and the cynical…No matter who you are, the story of what happened to this woman when she died for ‘37 seconds’ will make you rethink how we all should live.” (Maureen Maher, CBS News correspondent/48 Hours)
“Arnold’s amazing, enthralling, and revealing story of how her clairvoyant visions anticipated and ultimately brought her back from the clutches of death could redefine the way clergy, physicians, and scientists think about dying…Nay Sayers and believers alike must take note of what really happens during those 37 seconds of death.” (Dr. Rachael Ross, co-host of The Doctors)
“I found myself wanting to read page after page without a break. There are so many thoughts I had and have – thoughts about western medicine, thoughts about life, thoughts about afterlife, thoughts about speaking out, thoughts about intuition.” (Debra Wong Yang, Former Judge and US Attorney)
“A remarkable story of strength and love, Arnold’s simple, direct prose reaches deep into your heart. This is a beautiful story of spirit about how life is to be cherished and how love is to be honored. I’m looking forward to the movie!” (Diane Alexander, Producer, The Second City)
“A vivid account of Arnold’s clinical death–a death she foresaw–following the birth of her son. If you’re skeptical of such things, Arnold’s reporting on her own story will make you a believer. You won’t want to put it down. (Bethany McLean, Vanity Fair contributing editor and New York Times Bestselling author)
“Not everyone with a great story to tell is also a great writer. Fortunately for us Arnold is the whole package; a truly gifted writer who gives us the gift of her heartfelt and life-changing story. Life and death, love and caring come together in this must-read remembrance.” (James Rickards, New York Times Bestselling author of The Death of Money)
“Your intuition, by definition, is the quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight. It is a quality that each of us are born with. We are taught to follow our calculated thoughts and reasonable cogitations rather than our intuition. This is proven a shame by Stephanie Arnold author of the new book, 37 Seconds, because our intuition, our innate ability to have insight on something never seems to fail us or lead us astray.
37 Seconds is a phenomenal read that zeroes in on the maternity experience of a woman named Stephanie Arnold and her firm belief that she would die giving birth for the second time. Stephanie speaks to the importance of following your intuition despite what those around you believe or say, as following her own intuition, saved her life. Luckily one of the doctors took Stephanie’s insight seriously and prepared for the seemingly dramatic scenario, by ordering extra pints of blood, so that when Stephanie flat lined for 37 seconds due to a rare Amniotic Fluid Embolism doctors were able to use the supplementary blood to revive and save her life. This novel is for anyone who needs to be reminded that your own intuition is a perfectly good explanation for any of your thoughts, perceptions, or beliefs. It’s your inner wisdom designed to guide you through life and protect you.
Author Stephanie Arnold embodies this beautiful ability to transport her readers right there with her from the moment she believed she would die, to the moment she flat lined. Stephanie Arnold is a former producer and TV show, documentary, and music video director. After finding the love of her life, she left those lines of work and set out for the ultimate career- one of motherhood. Stephanie currently serves on the board of directors for the AFE (Amniotic Fluid Embolism) Foundation. She was named one of Today’s Chicago Woman’s “100 Women of Inspiration…” (Mamaglow)
“I received this beautiful book as a GoodReads First Read, and I was almost able to read the whole book in one sitting. Stephanie Arnold has an almost conversational style that makes you feel like you are sitting down and chatting with friends. I say friends plural because at times her husband or other people are quoted for long sections of text to fill in gaps in the story and to give their perspective.
During her second pregnancy, Stephanie Arnold had a series of graphic premonitions that she would die during her delivery, but when she tried to tell people, nearly everyone dismissed her fears as ordinary jitters. However, one anesthesiologist decided to order extra units of blood and other precautionary equipment just in case, and in doing so, saved Stephanie’s life. Her premonitions had been incredibly accurate. Stephanie was clinically dead for 37 seconds, and she was in a medically induced coma for 6 days.
After the physical healing, in order to come to terms emotionally and spiritually with what had happened, Stephanie began regression therapy, and what she discovered was truly amazing. I don’t want to give away spoilers, so instead I’ll say this: many books of this nature are criticized because the author never questions anything about their near death experience and their version of heaven during a near death experience validates absolutely everything about their specific faith denomination, making it seem more like a pitch to promote a certain religion. This book is not like that. The author and her family are Orthodox Jews, but during the darkest points of the aftermath of the delivery, people of many faiths prayed together in her hospital room. Also the author does not attempt to blindly justify everything she remembers of the near death experience through her own religion. Judaism is certainly a guiding force in her life, but her quest for answers, in many ways, was actually rather scientific.
If I were to be critical of any aspect of this book, it would be that she doesn’t spend much time talking about the new baby. Because of the intense physical, emotional and spiritual toll the amniotic fluid embolism took on her, she had trouble bonding with her new son initially, but later loved him as deeply as only a mother can. I would have liked to have read more about how this bond developed.
Finally, this book is very inspirational in how the author has since used her brush with death to reach out to others. “If you sense something, say something” is her new motto, and she has given a voice to those whose intuition is telling them something is wrong and to families affected by amniotic fluid embolism.” (Gry, Librarian, GoodReads.com)
“Emotional ups and downs are considered the norm when pregnant, but Stephanie Arnold knew the premonitions she was having, of dying while delivering her second child, went far beyond anything she had ever experienced before or even heard of … Arnold’s explanations are non-melodramatic, illuminating and edifying, and leave the door wide open for new discussions about souls and where the life force of a person goes when the body dies”. (Lee E. Cart, ShelfAwareness.com )