The In Between: A Trip of a Lifetime

About the Book

Built Airplane. Flew Airplane. Crashed Airplane. Met God. All Set.

Jim Bruton knows life. His past is marked by relentless curiosity and remarkable achievement; he was an African wilderness guide; Emmy Award-winning wildlife film director; aviator; adventurer, inventor of the satellite videophone; NBC News Middle East war correspondent; a husband and a father.

His passion – building and flying WWI-era aircraft – led him where he never imagined he’d go: a horrific crash that left him for dead. For one week, Jim Bruton hovered in the place that is not life and not death, a place he came to know as the In Between. He came back and this is his report of what he has seen.

Bruton takes us along for a by turns hair-raising and ultimately triumphant story of his coming to grips with what has happened to him. As he heals, his experiences in the In Between become more and more pressing; they download into his mind like rushing movie stills. His life of action turns internal; he uses all he knows, from quantum physics and battlefield memories to scenes of childhood and familial love, for a new deeper understanding of what it means to live.

Jim Bruton, the man who fell from the sky, is not the same man who flew into it. And if you walk some of his journey with him, neither are you.


“Hear me scream!!! I am so excited. About this book. Actually, it’s not a book – but a living, breathing, heart-throbbing treatise on the reality of being torn-apart, literally, in the crash of a small plane, then plunked into an in between reality where truth speaks as God Itself…!” -P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., pioneer researcher in the field of near-death studies and author of The Forever Angels: Near-Death Experiences in Childhood and their Lifelong Impact

“In life, death and the In Between, Jim Bruton takes us to the precipice of the wondrous, dangling our hearts over the edge of the extraordinary, while catapulting our minds into unchartered territory…” -Dr. Mary Helen Hensley, best-selling author of Promised By Heaven, Understanding Is the New Healing and co-author of Bringing Death To Life

“A must- read story for true spiritual seekers that needs to be shared. Fasten your seat belt as you begin to read Jim’s life story.” -Reverend Bill McDonald, author of Warrior: A Spiritual Odyssey and Alchemy of Warrior’s Heart

About the Author

Jim Bruton has lived a life many people dream of but few experience. As a little boy, he lived within an active imagination including a love for wildlife filming, international travel, science fiction and vintage aviation. In adulthood, he checked every one of those off his list with internationally recognized achievements, an Emmy for a National Geographic wildlife film, traveling to all seven continents, the Titanic, the North Pole and Mt. Everest, shrinking a satellite TV truck into a backpack and transmitting live video from places before impossible and building and flying historical reproduction aircraft from World War 1 and the early 1930s.

For many, any one of these adventures resulted in a single lifetime achievement. For Jim, it was just the beginning, climaxing with the crash of his last aircraft and the Near-Death Experience that followed.

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