The authors of this book have gathered together accounts of individuals whose lives were turned around by near-death experiences, mystical encounters with God, and other life-altering happenings. Cochran reveals how a terrifying experience of being mugged led to her spiritual transformation, and Zaleski recounts how his father's death reconnected him to "the incandescent sacredness" of his youth. The authors examine moments of clarity, openings into other worlds, and experiences of personal renewal in chapters on death, love, nature, creativity, science, surrender, and traditions. The most eye-opening chapter is on the sacred dimensions of cyberspace.