Dying for a Change

William Murtha

Dying for a Change is the gut-wrenching, inspirational true story of William Murtha’s fight to survive hypothermia and drowning in the freezing waters off the coast of Britain. It is a riveting story of survival that will captivate readers with a compelling, life-changing message about miracles and the power of choice.

In 1999, William’s life was rapidly spiraling out of control when all meaning and purpose had vanished. While riding his bike along a channel one evening, William was swept out to sea by a twenty-foot freak wave and had a close brush with death. Only this wasn’t any "ordinary" near-death experience. As his body finally began to shut down, and the excruciating pain subsided, William suddenly became acutely aware of a Presence close by.

What followed, and the book vividly recounts, is the enlightening and heart-warming conversation he had with this Higher Presence. Caught someplace between this world and the next while struggling to stay alive, William "re-lived" many pivotal moments in his past and had every question he had ever asked about life answered with absolute blinding clarity.

Dying for a Change will inspire readers to come face-to-face with their own deepest fears. It is a powerful, emotional story of hope with a profound message that many people in today’s frantic, crisis-filled world will identify with in their own lives. This thought-provoking and insightful book challenges views on mortality, birth, life and God while inspiring readers to live more fully by questioning ideals and dogma that may no longer serve them.

William used his horrendous ordeal as a catalyst for positive change. He eventually gave up the manic, fifteen-hour work-obsessed days and walked away from a materialistic and ego-driven lifestyle that almost killed him. After his "wake-up call," William turned his whole life around, reconnected with his family and found his true purpose in life. In Dying for a Change, William clearly demonstrates how personal trauma can be used positively to become the inspiration for individual, social and global transformation.

Readers will cheer at William’s "one in a billion" spine-tingling rescue that made headlines in the U.K., inspired a segment on a television documentary and has left audiences spellbound during his global speaking engagements.

Dying for a Change is essentially an everyday, grounded and contemporary story of redemption, healing, forgiveness and new beginnings that will connect with readers of all ages and beliefs.

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  • ISBN: 978-0-9823850-8-1
  • Publication Date: Sep 4, 2009
  • 6 x 9 in., 348 pages
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About the Author

William Murtha

William was involved solely in construction and development management until 2005. He then sold his share in the business he had founded, and instead concentrated fully on writing and other creative projects. One of those initiatives is The Imagination Project, an innovative non-profit organization that promotes, supports and encourages young emerging leaders and writers in the sectors of change, human rights, corporate social responsibility and personal development.

To fund and kick-start this exciting innovative, William has pulled together written 'vision statements' of hope from a wide array of globally renowned luminaries and change-makers, with the intention of publishing several books under the title, Visionaries for the 21st Century. All profits from the Visionaries branded series, and all donations from philanthropists, will go towards supporting writers on scholarships within the Imagination Project.

William has three daughters and lives in the country, close to the city of Exeter, England, UK. William is a member of several globally recognized organizations who are committed to positive change and the education of eco-literacy. He is also is a coordinator and speaker for the Scientific and Medical Network, a non-profit establishment that explores the frontiers of science, consciousness and spirituality.


"An amazing story! We don’t have to face death to relate to and learn from the important revelations movingly described by William Murtha as he confronted drowning in the sea. This important book takes away any doubt that there is an energy force out there ready to help us find our way . . . we need only listen."

—Susan Jeffers Ph.D Author Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and Embracing Uncertainty

"Riveting! Prepare to read in one sitting. William has given us a modern parable for our times. It will inspire you, provoke you and ultimately, get you thinking about your own life."

—Fiona Harrold Britain’s best-selling author of Be Your Own Life-Coach

"This is a rare, exciting, brilliant and entertaining read. Once started, I wasn’t able to put it down. It is the raw story of how a man, dominated and driven by ambition, finds himself in a life-and-death crisis, wrestling with a storming, freezing ocean, and in the midst of drowning and fighting for survival, is shaken up and transformed by startling insights and illuminations about the true nature of life, delivered to him by an unseen but immensely wise presence. Readers who have loved books like Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, The Paulo Coelho and Dan Millman books—or just a thundering readable adventure story—will greet Dying for a Change as a modern classic and bestseller."

—William Bloom Author and founder and co-director of The Foundation for Holistic Spirituality

"In his book, Dying for a Change, William has brilliantly captured that single thing that every great Sage seeks; the epiphany. The reader is transported to a place where heretofore only the prophets have been. There you experience the wonder of human transformation as William reaches into his soul and somehow magically conjures the words that allow us all to feel the events that changed his life; that fateful moment when he stood at heavens door."

—Bill Mosher Award-Winning TV producer and founder of Visionaries, Inc.

"For most people death is a fearful ending to a journey not fully realized. For William Murtha the prospect of his own death in such an unusual way was a blessing in disguise-not just for William and his family but also the world. It is through his book, Dying for a Change, that each of us has a chance to once again awaken to possibility, opportunity and the realization that our lives matter, our voice counts and that what shall be for our lives is up to us."

—John St. Augustine Author of Living An Uncommon Life and Host and Senior Producer of Oprah Radio on XM

"With Dying for a Change, William Murtha offers a powerful and moving testimony of his near-death experience and how it radically changed his world view. This thought-provoking and insightful book addresses the very essence of the nature of reality. A must read for anyone who wishes to reflect on the human condition and beyond."

—Evelyn Elsaesser-Valarino Co-author with Kenneth Ring of Lessons from the Light

"A thoroughly enjoyable, challenging and profound read. This inspirational book will make you sit up and take greater notice of all those small yet often meaningful coincidences in your life."

—Gay Hendricks, Ph.D. Author of Five Wishes and co-author, with Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, Conscious Loving and Spirit-Centered Relationships

"William Murtha’s portrayal of his life, with his fears, challenges, and family recollections, is laid bare through the telling of a dramatic, life changing experience. The insight, understanding and awareness which were given to him in his moment of desperation demonstrates that the Grace of God is ever present in our lives, and reveals itself in wondrous, mysterious ways. A compelling journey that will inspire while simultaneously giving pause for inner reflection and contemplation."

—Audrey Kitagawa Author and UN United Religions Initiative

"Dying for a Change demonstrates the invincible power of the Divine Spirit within. William Murtha is a teacher of great inspiration, and his book confirms that there is no death. You must read it".

—Sonia Choquette Intuitive and author of Trust Your Vibes

"Dying for a Change illuminates the power of the human spirit, the nature of transformation and the mysterious force that binds humanity and shapes our collective destiny. William Murtha came out of his terrifying ordeal to become a luminous embodiment of the emerging global consciousness."

—James O’Dea, President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences