'Miracle boy' now age 73, recalls visit to paradise part 1
Updates 1. *[See/view] photo of James’ birthplace 1938, James when he was a [little boy] and James with his [Mom]. [Jesus as remembered] by James Wilburn Chauncey.This was the home James wrote about in his book [Eyewitness to Heaven]. 2. June 21, 2012 - [Read/view] story titled "Protestant who had prophetic near-death brush also had encounters with Mary. 3. *June 7. 2012 - [Read/view] story titled "Georgia Man says he held silence for decades om massive events looming for mankind." 4. Listen to a June 2012 radio podcast mp3 interview [here] and [here]. 5. Listen to a August 8, 2012 radio podcast mp3 interview [here]. 6. Also see a March 28, 2014 [video] interview.7. November 1, 2014 -*[Listen] to a new interview with James about his near death experience.
'Miracle boy' now age 73, recalls visit to paradise part 1 (part 2 below)
November 6, 2011 - Reported in [timesfreepress.com] and printer friendly version [here]. - First of two parts. James Wilburn Chauncey does not think of himself as a prophet. In fact, he doesn't even consider himself deeply religious. Chauncey, a 73-year-old Fayetteville, Ga., retiree, does believe, however, he has been to paradise and back and has come face-to-face with Jesus Christ.
Excerpts from the book:
*It was amazing; I could see and hear everything they were saying to each other about me.
*My parents donned hospital gowns and masks and entered the room. Seeing the sorrow in them, I couldn’t any longer contain myself, so I began shouting, “I’m here! I’m here,” but they couldn’t hear me. I reached out to hug Mom, but my arms passed right through her. I was screaming and crying as Mom and Dad leaned over my body, as if to kiss me good-bye.
* The angels took me by the arm and we were off, through the hospital wall into the cool night air.
* What I was seeing was what was to come as the end of this generation of man neared on earth. What I saw was so frightening that I haven’t been able to put it out of my mind for more than six decades; I think about it every day. Wars, fires, earthquakes, conflicts, and death were occurring all around the world, and then it was upon the shores of America.
* Animals and people began to appear from places where they hid during the terrible time of destruction.
* A man and woman came out of their hiding place, a cave I think, holding hands and dressed in torn and tattered garments as they looked around and began to search for food and for seeds to plant in a garden. Others followed them, as all around the earth life was being restored.
* Her skin was glowing with a hue that can only be described as a burnt golden color. Her hair was black as coal. Her voice was soothing and musical. She told me to not be afraid. When I asked her who she was, she said her name was Mary.
'Miracle boy' now age 73, recalls visit to paradise part 2
November 14, 2011 Reported in the [timesfreepress.com] Second of two parts. For much of his life, James Chauncey said, he tried not to talk about his near-death experience as a 7-year-old boy. Now, at age 73, he has changed course and written a book about his vision of paradise called "Eyewitness to Heaven: A Glimpse Into the Obscure" (Tate Publishing). About 15 years ago, facing an uncertain future with cancer, he agreed to write down his childhood experience for his adult daughters, Chauncey explained in a recent telephone interview.
"I wrote about 20 pages," he recalled. "My daughters wanted to know some of the reasons I am the way I am." Later, he said, he locked his writing away in a box, angry with what he thought were admonishments from God to share his story with more people. "I spent a lot of time in prayer and in agony, asking myself 'Why am I doing this [book]?" he said of his ultimate decision to go public. Chauncey said at points in his life he had grown weary of people thinking his experience is fabricated. "I start telling someone face to face, and I can watch their eyes glaze over," he said.
Chauncey, a retired construction-industry expert living in Fayetteville, Ga., believes he was given the option of returning to his earthly body after "dying" of bacterial meningitis at Children's Hospital at Erlanger here in 1946. He says he was escorted to heaven by two angels and given the option of returning to life on Earth to intervene in a coming confrontation between his mother and father. Chauncey said he was given a vision of the future -- if he remained in heaven -- which included this scene at his family's home on Walden's Ridge: "I looked toward my house to see a sheriff's patrol car and an unmarked car parked near the front steps of our house. Dad was being led down the steps by two deputy sheriffs."
An angel in heaven told him that his mother had died and his father was being blamed, Chauncey wrote in his book. Chauncey believes he was sent back to Earth to intervene and to prevent his parents from having the fateful fight. After being pronounced dead, he was found miraculously alive at the hospital hours later, according to his book. The story was covered by Chattanooga newspapers, and he was dubbed "The Miracle Boy."
As his boyhood unfolded, Chauncey said, his mother and father began to fight one day at Sunday dinner. His mother threw a salt shaker at his father, and things quickly escalated. His mother grabbed a gun, his father an ax, and Chauncey said he rushed between them at the behest of an angel who had arrived on the scene. Having fulfilled his mission, Chauncey believes the remainder of his life has been spent quietly working, raising a family and marking time until he returns to heaven.
As a boy, he faced ridicule at school from teachers and students who didn't believe his account of his journey to paradise, he said. Chauncey said he accepted Christ at a tent revival before his bout of meningitis. In his younger adult years, he was not always a churchgoer, though, he said. Because his religious beliefs are essentially built on eyewitness evidence of an afterlife, he has not taken the traditional path to faith, he said."I have no fear of death," he says flatly. "There's something over there a lot better, and I'd like to get [back] there."