“Early one morning, after I had hung on in a coma for 44 days, the night nurse on the third floor came to check my vital signs and found no response to her probings. I had slipped from this life into the next. At five A.M. a doctor pronounced me clinically dead, pulled a sheet over my head, and left the room in darkness.”

Twenty-eight minutes later, says Betty Malz, the prayer of her father brought her back to life.

Malz recounts her experience in My Glimpse of Eternity and five other books published by Chosen Books. (The above quotation was taken from Angels Watching Over Me, 1986.) According to the publisher, My Glimpse has sold nearly 1 million copies and has been printed in 11 languages. The 62-year-old Assemblies of God member has conducted women’s retreats throughout the U.S. and Canada and has appeared frequently on Christian television shows, speaking of her “death” and out-of-body experience, which she says ushered her into heaven.

But a recent article in Christian Week magazine, published in Winnipeg, Manitoba, calls into question the truthfulness of the story on which Malz has built her ministry. Medical personnel involved in the case, quoted in the article, say Betty Malz did not die.

In response, Chosen Books says it stands by the integrity of its author, and claims that the hospital and doctors want to cover up their mishandling of Malz’s treatment.

Declared Dead

According to Malz, “Surgery revealed that I had suffered a ruptured appendix 11 days before, and that a mass of gangrene had coated all of my organs, causing them to disintegrate.” By her published account, “The doctor who had declared me dead was shocked. He validated that I had been dead for 28 minutes, and sent me home two days later with no discernible ...

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