Back from Heaven’s Front Porch with Danny Bader

Life is a gift and at any moment it can be taken from us. It is a miracle that our guest today is alive and here to share his amazing story. He brings hope in the darkest of places and wisdom he learned from a difficult journey. Danny Bader is a best-selling author, inspirational coach, a member of the Elite Catholic Speakers Organization,, and he has an inspiring Instagram page. He has worked with some of the biggest organizations in the nation and has delivered over 10,000 hours inspiring others to live their best life. His purpose of sharing his time with us today is to tell us about how a near-death experience transformed his life.

A Photo of Danny Bader
A photo of Danny Bader.



Life Today

Danny Bader lives outside of Philadelphia Pennsylvania with his wife and three children. He spends time with his family, travels, works, goes to the beach, runs, and works out a little bit.

Second Chance Story

Danny was in an accident before he was 29 years old. He and his friend were lowering a ladder and tragically and certainly mistakenly hit an electrical line that had 8-10,000 volts of electricity in it. It came down the metal ladder and went into their bodies and killed his friend Bruce that day. Bruce was a great father of 3 a husband and only 36 years old.

Danny had an experience of peace and knew he was dying or dead. His soul, spirit, life force, energy (whatever you want to call it), left his body. He absolutely believes now that when our human bodies stop working, there is a part of us that continues on. He called his book, Back from Heaven’s Front Porch, because he had an experience of that but he knew he had further to go, he explains that experience as being on Heaven’s front porch, and then he was back in his body. It was the strangest experience he has had and not of this world.

He crawled over and helped the other brother Stew, and he was trying to help Bruce. He asked him how he was here? Danny took his boots off because his feet were killing him. He took off his boots and socks and feet had little holes in them. There was not any blood because the electricity cauterized them.

Stew came over and asked Danny what happened. Danny told him he must have hit a wire and Stew said he knew. Danny said he saw him coming down the ladder and was yelling at him to get his brother.  Stew said that he had not said anything, that Stew had rolled him over and given him CPR and tried to save him, given up and thought he was dead. He left Danny to try and save his brother Bruce. Danny was without oxygen for 7-8 minutes, this is a lot longer than the human brain can live. He doesn’t know if there is a medical reason he is here.

The Second Chance Story came after that because he went into a dark place, he wouldn’t let anyone help him, he was experiencing Survivors Guilt. If you would like to know more, you can read his book here:

The Turn Around Point

He came out of a bar after drinking way too much, went into a phone booth and phoned his Mom. She asked him when he was coming home and said they couldn’t wait to see him.  This changed his life direction. He had made plans to engage in an act of self-destruction and be done with it all. With tears in his eyes and a lump in his throat he told her he would come in a few days.

Something inside him shifted and he asked a question, “I wonder what it’s gonna be like when I get better?”

He got up the next day and began to make the trip to see his Mom, it wasn’t all better but it was certainly the turn around point.

A Closer Look

  • What about you changed from this experience?

Faith is belief without proof and this gave him a little bit of proof. It got him focused on life and being really alive and engaging in this life.

  • What wisdom would you share you gained?

He went to a Coaching School and had a final project to complete that was to make a model of principles. He reflected on the accident and realized that after what he wanted most was to be happy and live a fulfilling life. He asked what creates more happiness and fulfillment for himself and others. He put his spin on some basic principles that have been around for thousands of years.

He came up with 5 principles he calls Jackrabbit.

  1. Develop Vision
  2. Be still
  3. Seek support
  4. Know thy self, and
  5. Evolve.

Share one of your personal habits that contributed to overcoming this.

Planning the year as if it had already happened. Shifting his thinking to be useful and moving him forward. You can listen to the entire interview on Apple Podcast or on this page to hear the whole story.

Share a resource, like a podcast or a book, that you couldn’t have made it without.

Man’s Search for Meaning 

He also recommends:

 Grand Finale

Every day is a second chance to?  “Create, trust and be thankful for this wonderful gift of life.”

Parting piece of guidance:

  1. If you are not already, practice vision. Pretend you are going to be talking with Gina or Danny and telling us about the last 6 months of your life. What was it like, what did you accomplish
  2. Get really tight with your email and to do list. “Get cleaned up at a tactical level”, practice gratitude, pay attention to what is bigger and greater than us.


Music credit with gratitude to Scott Holmes. Song Innovative Corporate URL: