The Book

Turned off by organized religion? Not sure that God exists? I had the same doubts and feelings not too long ago. That all changed in 2009, when I read a book that turned my world upside down. Suddenly, it was as if God had switched on the lights and I could see. When I looked at myself and realized how I had lived, I was shocked. I had turned my back on God and become totally self-centered. I didn’t know what to do, so I fell back on my training and experience from my NCIS special agent days and started to dig. I had to have answers. Was my newfound faith based on reality or just wishful thinking?

The results of my quest led to my first novel, Final Departure, and the launch of my writing career. I’ve gone from never opening the Bible, to studying it and the world around us on a continuing basis and searching for evidence in the natural world that supports the word of God.

Are you looking for proof that God exists? Want to know more about whether or not the Bible is true? Join me as we dig in and look for the answers together.

Jeff Walton Ret. Special Agent & Author

Jeff Walton spent nearly 30 years as a NCIS Special Agent. Walton served in the US Navy during and after the Vietnam conflict and began his career in federal law enforcement as a Special Agent in the Interstate Commerce Commission’s Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement in 1979. He transitioned to NCIS in 1981 and began his career at the NCIS Resident Agency Fleet Support in Norfolk, VA, where he worked general felony criminal investigations and transitioned to foreign counterintelligence (FCI) and combating terrorism (CbT) work.

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Why are NDEs a prominent part of the Final Departure’s Story?
1/10/2018 2:13:00 PM BY Jeff Walton

Organized religion has doubts
Last year, I received a letter from the associate pastor of a major evangelical ministry who had read Final Departure.  I greatly respected their ministry, and I had sent them a copy in the hope of getting some feedback. While their overall impression was highly favorable, they did express some unease that one of the foundational premises of the book was based on near-death-experiences (NDEs).  They were concerned that I had attributed too much credence to them. I’ve seen many other Christian pastors denounce NDEs as satanic or something negative that should be ignored.

Why did I include NDEs at all?
Final Departure is a novel that presents information, that when evaluated as a whole, becomes a body of circumstantial evidence that tends to prove that God exists.  Just as I did in my previous career, I surveyed all potential evidence and evaluated each category for relevance and strength of supporting facts.  I found NDEs to be a compelling body of eyewitness testimony that should not be ignored in my view.

Did I just make up the information about NDEs?  After all, my book is fiction.
I studied many hundreds of NDEs and read many scores of books about specific NDE accounts.  I also read professional NDE studies done by members of the medical and scientific communities, and I interviewed NDE witnesses.  I simply summarized my findings via the dialogue of the novel’s protagonist.

Stories from NDE witnesses are just anecdotal information. I can’t prove anything based on anecdotes – right?
True. Anecdotes are unverified stories provided by untested individuals.  In cases where NDE witnesses’ cases are examined by impartial professionals, their accounts take on new weight.  Their “stories” are examined, tested, and compared with all available information surrounding the events in question. They cease being anecdotes.

In the criminal investigation profession within the law enforcement community, eyewitness testimony – in the absence of direct physical evidence - is sometimes the strongest – and in some cases the only evidence proffered in a trial as fact.  Either the jury or judge decide the facts have been sufficiently established or not.  In the case of NDEs, I believe the consistent reporting of many thousands of NDE witnesses tends to reveal a distinct pattern of common elements in their experiences. I also believe those common elements tend to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that NDEs are a unique phenomenon that do occur.  What can never be established is the authenticity of each reported NDE and the reliability and veracity of each individual witness. Just as in each criminal trial, the witnesses and evidence must be examined on a case by case basis.

Why the focus on hellish NDEs?  Aren’t I worried about scaring readers away?
No, I feel I have a moral obligation to present the facts – in this case through my novel.  Based on my own review of past research on the subject, I believe hellish NDEs are the most underreported and under-studied form of NDE. I believe that God, through Jesus Christ, is trying to warn mankind that hell is real and that the only way to avoid an eternity of misery is to repent, humble yourself, and develop a true relationship with Jesus Christ.