Reflections about Angels in the OR

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I am a fan of Audible books, especially on long road trips, and I’m happy to hear that people are enjoying Angels in the OR as an Audible. Years ago as an English major in college, I dreamed of writing a book. I didn’t imagine that a car wreck at the end of my senior year in college would be the starting point of my future book.  As an agnostic, I never imagined angels would feature in my story either, but I am grateful that they showed up in that operating room and changed everything about my life.

People often ask me if I am still in touch with the angels. I didn’t talk frequently about this connection until many years after my near-death experience, but they are in my life and the energy they send is healing, encouraging, and loving.  Picking up on their energy is often the link to knowing their presence. I notice, sometimes after the fact, how they connect me to certain people who help me accomplish a particular goal, usually one that focuses on education, healing, and unconditional love.

Since I started blogging and making YouTube videos in 2016, I have talked with many people who have been inspired to ask the angels to help them during surgeries. At book signings, I am meeting medical professionals who are open to assistance from the other side and this is encouraging too. There are many amazing people walking this earth doing wonderful work in a variety of situations. One of the messages from the other side is that we need to make a conscious choice to acknowledge the goodness that surrounds us.  Too much of a focus on tragedy and negativity weighs down our spirits.

I hoped to spread healing and strengthen other’s faith with Angels in the OR.  While writing, I imagined that a soul who was deeply hurting might open up to a light from the heavens that would change his or her life. I understand deep grief.  Before and after my near-death experience, I have experienced situations that challenged me deeply; however, difficult situations can teach us how to use our compasses differently.  When you point your compass in the direction of God, challenges become much easier. And, when your focus is on adding God’s love to the world, your own healing deepens and expands.

This week, I have begun to change some of my YouTube interviews into podcasts. I hope you might check out some of these interviews. I have been blessed to connect with many amazing light-filled souls who shared their stories with me.

In fact, these interviews prompted me to create The First Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit last year. This year, I have partnered with The University of Heaven in the creation of The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.  We have a great line-up of speakers who will certainly inspire and encourage you.


The Healing Power of Art and Sound–Speakers at The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit–Jose Hernandez, Karen Newell, and Dr. Eben Alexander



Jose Hernandez is a speaker at The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit. Jose Hernandez has spent close to two decades integrating his near-death experience and sharing his experience and gifts with others.  An electrical engineer and self-confessed atheist, Jose died twice in one night following a mundane accident at work and a simple mistake by hospital staff in the ER department. Jose had a profoundly life changing experience during the more than five minutes that he was clinically dead.

Years after his NDE, Jose and his wife Anastasia  formed Immersive Arts, LLP, an organization dedicated to the installation and promotion of healing art and mindfulness spaces in institutions, healthcare and addiction facilities, and educating the public and healthcare workers on the value of art in the healing environment and bridging the divide between health, emotion, and spirit.  Jose has a deep compassion for the condition of humanity and speaks credibly to the skeptic and scientifically minded.

To learn more about his work sign up to hear him speak at The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit 

Here is my YouTube interview with Jose Hernadez.


Here is a sample of the artwork of Jose Hernandez.


Dr. Eben Alexander and Karen Newell are two of the speakers at The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit. Eben Alexander, MD, was a neurosurgeon for over 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has a passionate interest in physics and cosmology. He is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Proof of HeavenThe Map of Heaven, and co-author of Living in a Mindful Universe with Karen Newell has spent a lifetime seeking wisdom through esoteric teachings and firsthand experience exploring realms of consciousness. She is co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, and co-author with Dr. Eben Alexander of Living in a Mindful Universe.

Here is a video that details a bit more of Karen and Eben’s healing work with Sacred Acoustics.

Thank you everyone for your interest in near-death experiences.  The purpose of The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit is to bring you the gifts and wisdom of these many speakers in an online format.  Last year people who attended the summit commented that all doubt was erased and their creativity was enhanced listening to near-death experiencers talk about heaven.

We hope you will join us this year.  Other speakers include Dr. Raymond Moody, Lisa Smartt, Paul Perry, Dr. Jeffrey Long, John Burke, Nancy Rynes, Dr. Tony Cicoria, Lesley Lupo, David Ditchfield, Kimberly Clark Sharp, Howard Storm, and your host, Tricia Barker.


To learn more about The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit, please click here.

Sound Cloud, Podcasts, 2nd Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit and More!


Here is a quick preview of the Audible version of Angels in the ORLeslie Howard did a great job narrating my memoir.  If you would like to purchase to Angels in the OR through Audible, here is the link. 

In the past few months, I’ve talked with a lot of different podcasters and YouTubers.  If you would like to check out some of their wonderful podcasts, here are a few different ones.

Dr. Amy Robbins, a clinical psychologist, has a great podcast called Life, Death and the Space Between.   It was a pleasure to speak with her about my near-death experience and The Second Annual Near-Death Experience Summit.

Hamza David talked with me about my NDE and spirituality on his wonderful podcast Intrinsic Motivation: A Homies Perspective

Jeanie Brosius King interviewed me on her amazing podcast B-Now which stands for  The Beautiful Network of Women. 

Tony Epstein interviewed me on The Magical Mystery Tour, a radio station broadcasting from Goddard College in Vermont.  I went to graduate school at Goddard, so this was a special interview for me.

My story was recently featured on the podcast Undiscovered Beasts and Strange Phenomenon 

Fort Worth Today featured me on their show, and here is a replay link.

Daniel Lovett recently asked me some great questions on Sozo Talk Radio EP0028

Simon Brown interviewed me on his great show Past Lives Podcast. Here is a link.

Dr. Al’s Rise Up Radio chat with me can be found at this link.  His inspiring, popular podcast is moving to YouTube as well.

Be sure to also check out a beautiful podcast called Path of  Lightworker.

In this interview, Heather Eland explains how my near-death experience crosses my astrological chart.  You can view this fascinating interview on Beyond Astrology With Heather.

I hope you will also check out The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.  This is a fantastic way to interact online with the many speakers including Dr. Raymond Moody, Dr. Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry, Lisa Smartt, Dr. Eben Alexander, Karen Newell, Nancy Rynes, John Burke, David Ditchfield, Howard Storm, Lesley Lupo, Kimberly Clark Sharp, Jose Hernandez, Tony Cicoria, and your host Tricia Barker.  We look forward to seeing you at the live online summit on June 23rd.  There are many videos to check out ahead of time.

If you haven’t seen my latest YouTube interview with Jose Hernandez, please do check it out. His story is beautiful and moving.


To learn more about The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit, please click here.

Audible Version of Angels in the OR

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I am pleased to let you know that the Audible version of my book Angels in the OR is available.  I know many of my college students prefer Audible and listen to books while they work out.  My narrator, Leslie Howard, did a fantastic job narrating the book, and I look forward to hearing your responses to this version of my memoir.

I feel blessed to have connected with so many kind, empathetic souls who have read Angels in the OR these first few weeks since its release.  I’m also grateful for Sharon Rawlette’s book review of Angels in the OR.  She has a wonderful blog and a book coming out soon called The Source and Significance of Coincidences.

If you enjoy listening to podcasts, I was recently interviewed on B-Now Radio with Jeanie Brosius King.  B-Now stands for The Beautiful Network of Women. Jeanie asked great questions about angels and their lasting influence in my life.

Dr. Amy Robbins, a clinical psychologist, also interviewed me on her podcast called Life, Death, and The Space Between.   We talked about a lot of topics, including my impetus for starting The First Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.

This year, I’m happy to partner with The University of Heaven to bring you The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.  I am looking forward to this event and hope you will join us.


The 2nd Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit

Click here to find out more about The 2nd Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.

When you join this online summit, you can get access to over 11 hours of video interviews with world renowned researchers Dr. Raymond Moody, Dr. Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry, Lisa Smartt, Karen Newell, and John Burke.  You will also have access to interviews with near-death experiencers Dr. Eben Alexander, Nancy Rynes, David Ditchfield, Howard Storm, Lesley Lupo, Kimberly Clark Sharp, Tony Cicoria, and your host Tricia Barker. A week before the summit launches, a special guest video will be added to the list, and you will also receive a free MP3 guided mediation.

You have time to binge watch and otherwise enjoy the videos with the speakers before the live summit on June 23, 2019 from noon to 3 p.m. Central Time.  On this day, you can get your personal questions answered from the many researchers and experiencers.

Click here to find out more!  I look forward to seeing you there!


Angels in the OR Launched Yesterday!


Hey Everyone!

Thanks so much for making my launch day fun by letting me know that you stayed up late reading  Angels in the OR or listening to the book on Audible.

I mean it when I say that my favorite part of this journey is connecting with you and hearing about your lives, your spiritual experiences, and your hopes for a more loving world.  I’ve interviewed many near-death experiencers the past couple of years, and I keep thinking about how Howard Storm was told by Jesus that love could spread across this planet in small moments with each other.  You simply love the person you are interacting with at any given moment. Love is the force that changes this world for the better.

I can’t wait to hear from more of you! Have a beautiful week, and if you happen to live in Sedona or near Sedona I would love to see you at my event on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 4 p.m. the Unity of Sedona.




Love is All That Matters

It is my great hope to spread healing and light with Angels in the OR  as it launches tomorrow on April 16, 2019.  I made this video on YouTube to connect with you and to remind you that the love you give to this world works to transform this world in beautiful ways.

Be sure to check out this week’s issue of Woman’s World Magazine. Diane Nichols wrote a wonderful article about my near-death experience titled, “A Trip to Heaven Taught Me That We All Have A Purpose: To Spread Love.”

Also, please check out the early responses I have already received from readers who got a copy of Angels in the OR before the release. I look forward to hearing from more readers.

Here is a new response I received today.  Thank you all for your support and for sharing your own healing journeys with me! Much love to you all…

“When my advanced copy of professor Tricia Barker’s new book arrived, it instantly drew me in just looking at the cover. I had to begin reading it immediately, and indeed it was difficult to put down once I started. It’s a real page turner.

Tricia’s writing is unique in that she takes you through the journey of her life experiences in a completely relatable way. She writes with a compassionate insight that is translated into your own personal challenges. Her transformation is a gift to the reader, uplifting, encouraging, and healing sprinkled with humor. But, the best part is her message of God’s pure love and healing essence that the reader can’t help but experience through her storytelling.

Upon completion I felt that I had finally gotten my answer to the meaning of life. It’s all about love, pure love that transcends all negativity, and is the true basis of our life. I couldn’t recommend “Angels in the OR” more highly; it connects you more with life way beyond powerfully!” — Shireen Nickel

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Angels in the OR can be purchased as a paperback, e-book, or Audible. 

A Few Stops On My Book Tour (Live and Virtual)



Hey Everyone,

I am set to release my new memoir on April 16th. The memoir, titled Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me About Healing, Survival, and Transformation marks my first collaboration with publisher Post Hill Press, and will be distributed by Simon & Schuster.

I was an ordinary college student at the University of Texas when a serious car accident completely changed my life forever. While in surgery, I had a near-death experience that altered my faith and outlook on the world around me. This is my story of that moment and my journey through this culture as a young woman with new spiritual insights and challenges.

I look forward to meeting you across the country and in Europe.

Early Dates for the Book Tour

Saturday, April 13, 2019— IANDS Charlotte Group from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Zoom)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 —Book Launch Live Streaming Events

Saturday, April 20, 2019—Unity of Sedona from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019—TCU Campus Store from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 —-DFW IANDS (Lewisville) from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 —Interbang Books (Dallas) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

(More Dates in May Will Be Announced Soon)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Orange County IANDS

1:00pm- 4:00 pm

HeartSpace OC

18271 McDurmott West Ste H&G, Irvine 92614

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 IANDS Santa Barbara

  • Mixer & Refreshments (all) 6:45 – 7:00 pm
  • Monthly meeting (all) 7:00 – 9:00pm

Where: Unity Church, 227 E. Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Between Garden and Santa Barbara Streets)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 Mystic Journey Bookstore, Los Angeles, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 23, 2019 The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit (Noon to 3 p.m. Central Time)  Follow me and The University of Heaven for more information.

Tuesday, June 25 – Saturday, June 29, 2019 Midi-Pyrenees Region of South West France, Reflections on Death and Dying, Educational Retreat

There may be dates in London in July scheduled after this conference!!

Thursday, August 29—Sunday, September 1, 2019 Valley Forge, IANDS National Conference  (Writing Workshop on Thursday, August 29th and Facilitator for a Panel Presentation on Saturday, August 31st)

(Many More Dates Will Be Announced Soon…I am planning on Atlanta, Nashville, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Denver, and San Francisco/Sacramento in 2019.)





Comments from Early Readers of Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me about Healing, Survival, and Transformation


Angels in the OR launches April 16th, and I have been so blessed by the early comments from advance readers.  My hope is to spread healing and light with this book, and I look forward to connecting with you. Also, Women’s World Magazine will be featuring my story in the April 11th issue. I hope you will check it out.

Early Comments from Readers

“I’m so very happy for you, Tricia! It was such an honor to write your feature for our Easter issue of Woman’s World coming out April 11th! You’re a light that inspires millions! Sending you proud hugs! This book is life changing!!!” —Diane Nichols, Author of God Gave me You:  A True Story of Love, Loss, and a Heaven-Sent Miracle

Tricia Barker’s Angels in the OR:What Dying Taught me About Healing, Survival, and Transformation, is a page-turner and the most service-oriented book I’ve ever read. After crushing her back a few weeks short of her college graduation, and the profound experience of dying during surgery, she was given a mission by the light of God, to go back and teach. With the new blissful awareness of her eternal being, she dedicated her life to teaching and sharing the beautiful, life-altering message of  unconditional, all-encompassing love. In the face of setbacks, a cruel rape, and the harsh mistreatment that students and females commonly experience, she learned to balance the broken with a fierce, spirited sense of purpose that shows an inspirational triumph, an empowerment that we can all tap into.” —Tiger Wiese Jones

“This is one book you won’t want to miss! Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me about Healing, Survival, and Transformation is exceptionally poignant and moving. This spiritually uplifting book is beautifully written, hard to put down, and enthusiastically recommended.” –Jeffrey Long, M.D., author of New York Times bestselling Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experience 

“I’m honored to be the narrator for this light-filled memoir. I cried through the last two chapters, for the beauty of it as my heart was overflowing with the love Tricia Barker shares with us in this book.”  Leslie Howard, Audible Narrator for Angels in the OR

“This is a story of faith, love, courage, and strength.  I can only imagine the amount of bravery it took for Tricia Barker to open herself up in a way that will motivate many people.  The message of ‘Love is all that matters’ comes across clearly.  I have friends and family going through health challenges, and after reading this book it hit me that I need to make sure that I’m loving them like a little child.  I see now how Angels in the OR will have a big impact on many people.” —Andy Parks, Seattle

“Angels in the OR abounds in rarities. It is rare for a near-death experiencer to have the command of English to make the ineffable experience clear.  Those unfamiliar with near-death experiences will find an excellent introduction to the experiencer’s perspective; those familiar will find wonders anew in Tricia’s story.” –Janice Miner Holden, EdD, is professor of counseling at the University of North Texas

“Tricia Barker’s Angels in the OR is far more than the story of a profound near-death experience. It is a book of profound spiritual wisdom, which comes from the author’s life of healing from great physical pain, emotional trauma, and most of all from her inspiring dedication to her life as a teacher. I was deeply moved by this book. The light and infinite love of God often shines through Tricia Barker’s words.” —Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., retired Professor Emeritus of psychology at the University of Connecticut and a researcher within the field of near-death studies

“In Tricia’s story, I see my story, and I imagine you will see yours as well because it is a tale of how we must struggle sometimes to bring the light of our spirits into a world that can be cruel.  Tricia captivated me; her writing is so beautifully detailed and authentic as she shares not only the breath-taking moments of her near-death but also the challenges of bringing the light back to this world….” —Lisa Smartt, Author of Words at the Threshold

Angels in the OR is about a spiritual journey of a very alive and honest woman. She hides nothing from her truthful account of living dying and living more fully. Tricia Barker is an engaging and compassionate person who has found her purpose in life. Following her beautifully written story will confirm the readers about their own journey. Share the light with her as she brings the love into our world.” —Howard Storm, author of My Descent into Death, is a minister, writer, and painter.

“I relate to so much about this book.  I cried, but I felt my heart healing as I read certain passages.  I wanted to be more of a community like the author suggests and really support one another. The near-death experience is written so clearly and seems like a movie scene.  I haven’t read a book like this one before.  Her voice is authentic, real, and polished.  Spiritual lessons are woven into lessons in reality.  There are painful scenes, beautiful scenes, heart-breaking scenes, and triumphant scenes that really moved me.” –Megan (former student)

Angels in the OR Launches on April 16, 2019!

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Thank you everyone for your support on my journey.  I have several more interviews with near-death experiencers available on my YouTube Channel.

Also, Angels in the OR, which covers the story of my near-death experience and life after that moment, will launch on April 16, 2019— 25 years after that massive car accident I experienced in Austin, Texas during my senior year of college.  The near-death experience during spinal surgery at Brackenridge Hospital altered my life forever,  and I have never lost the memory of the light or the vast, unconditional love from the other side.  I have never forgotten the insights communicated to me.

The river that I saw during my near-death experience was strikingly similar to the river that flows outside of TCC’s beautiful Trinity River Campus, and I have spent the last ten years teaching English and Creative Writing here.  I’ve loved this job and all the wonderful students, staff, and faculty members that I have met over the years.  Many of our building’s beautiful classrooms and balconies overlook the Trinity River.

Last week, I shared some advance copies with people on our campus, and I can’t wait to hear your feedback on the book.  It is almost every English major’s dream to have a published book in print.  I have loved books since I learned to read the year before Kindergarten, and part of the reason I worked to accomplish this goal was to inspire my students to believe that they can achieve their dreams.

I hope you will pre-order  Angels in the OR  or purchase it on April 16th when it launches.  I am enjoying the feedback I’ve already received and can’t wait to hear your thoughts.