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Miracle at Mercy Hospital

Miracle at Mercy Hospital

by David C. Swenson

Fiction, 220 pages

Welcome to the often chaotic world of fire and rescue, paramedics, and emergency medicine. Meet trauma surgeon, Dr. Ben Bradley, and his surgical team as they explore the essence of human life with a controversial prototype machine that can help them diagnose and treat patients at Mercy Hospital’s Emergency Department.

Ben’s memories of his own childhood experiences compel him to find the connection between physical and spiritual, between life and afterlife. He has enlisted the help of the hospital’s Assistant Chaplain, Sister Celeste McFarlane, to minister to his patients in surgery. Working together in the margins between a skeptical medical community and a deeply suspicious religious community, they are caught up in a crime spree after they save the life of a troubled teenaged assault victim.

Join them on a four-day journey that transforms their lives.

Author’s comments on Miracle at Mercy Hospital

This is a story about Emergency medicine, fire and rescue, and spiritual encounters. It may sound like an odd combination, but for most of us, times of acute physical distress are times of greatest spiritual activity. The story utilizes a fictitious machine, called the EEFM, or Electromagnetic Energy Field Monitor that can detect the energy field that many believe exists in the body. It is designed to infuse healing energy into patients at times of physical distress to strengthen the patient and stop them from dying. I felt it was a great tool to get the story going.

This novel weaves many complex and difficult-to-describe images into a story about spiritual and mystical encounters. I have tried to sensitively weave pieces of experiences shared with me by many people and years of casual reading about these phenomena and treating them as real.

I have tried to make out-of-body experiences and encounters with angels, souls, and other beings feel natural, especially in life and death situations. I have written characters in who provide a strong sense of good and evil.

Many beautiful and touching stories will never be shared because they happened to people who dare not reveal them publicly for fear of negative reactions by friends, family, physicians, and pastors.

Medical and scientific professionals must use caution to protect their standings with their colleagues. A high percentage of priests and pastors have very strong negative attitudes about spiritual phenomena, especially when they occur without their watchful supervision and inspiration. I have taken an irreverent look at the insensitive treatment given from many sides and shown empathy toward those who are caught in the voids between science and religion.

The Interfacers

The Interfacers

by David C. Swenson

Fiction, 220 pages

I’d like to visit with you about some of the reasons I wrote The Interfacers. First and foremost, I think of this book as an invitation to the reader to embark on his/her own spiritual journey. Secondly, I wanted to give the readers some form of validation for their own mystical and spiritual experiences. Too many people have been robbed of the meaning and beauty of their Near-Death Experiences and other spiritual encounters. Thirdly, I wanted to explore the mysteries in my own life.

As a society, we seem to believe that the more technology we develop, the further we will remove ourselves from the foolish, unscientific notion that there is a God and that He/She can promise us things like eternal life.

Six million Americans, most still living, have returned from clinical death with recollections of a non-physical life that contunues after physical death. It’s a clear life changing experience for most of them, which has provided memories as clear in their minds as any earthly and physical experience. It’s one of the most moving, emotional, clarifying and spiritual events in their entire lives. Yet, when they return, between the majority of the scientific community and many misguided, often dogmatic religious believers, they’re made to feel they’ve done something wrong.

Most NDE’rs returned to life to face a medical team who feel that the NDE, or Near-Death Experience is some form fo hallucination caused by such things as: Hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain), reactions to powerful drugs administered in life-threatening stiuations, or a natural self-preservation reaction of the human brain as the person dies. Thousands of doctors and medical professionals tell their patients to forget these memories—explaining that it was just a dream. Science tells us that physical death is the obliteration of the person and personality. Millions of Americans espouse this hypothesis. Yet, as science and technology advance, many more millions of Americans and people worldwide will encounter the Near-Death Experience until science is forced to engage the universality of this experience.

It’s been estimated that over sixty-five million Americans have had after-death communications with deceased loved ones. These are not the patients, but rather the relatives and friends of the patients. Since they were not being treated for clinical death, the scientific community tells them that these experiences were just the dreams or hallucinations inspired from the depths of ones’ feelings of loss and grief.

So, where does one go to share these incredible stories? Many have tried to share them with their physicians, priests, pastors, and fellow believers. Many of them are greeted with doubt and even shamed into thinking they’ve done something very, very wrong. Do not talk to the spirits, they’re told. These apparitions are the work of the devil! There is a wide gulf between us, which no man may cross. The dead are sleeping until the last day, until the final trumpet, until the return of Jesus. Yet, the experiences persist in ever-increasing numbers. Where do seventy million Americans go for answers? Hopefully, the only help isn’t on the other side!