A meditation on the afterlife constructed as a series of conversations with an array of dead people, from the very famous to the entirely ordinary.
Through their working collaboration—Michael taking messages from the beyond and Talbot writing them up and appending open-ended questions to facilitate discussion—the authors offer an account of a busy, hopeful afterlife populated by spirits who would universally prefer to be there rather than back in their earthly lives. “Not all will believe these spirit messages, but we ask you to suspend judgment until you have read the book,” Talbot writes. The conversations, presented as a series of encounters, are with a range of people, from famous dead U.S. presidents and celebrities to everyday people, all grouped into three categories: those who died unexpectedly and suddenly, those who had a bit of forewarning, and those who grappled with terminal illnesses that allowed months and sometimes years in which to prepare for death. Nine-year-old Lily, who died suddenly of a “brain seizure,” assures Michael that “living in spirit is not that much different from being alive as a human.” The spirit of President John F. Kennedy is asked what really happened in Dallas that day: “the shot that killed me came from an angry man in front of me—back and to the left.” Sometimes, touchingly, these spirits seem a bit lonely for their old lives: young Lily says, “I can easily share more,” and an old friend of the writer says, “Talk to me; tell me something funny!” But the general message is clearly one of hope in a warm, embracing Christian afterlife, a place of great comfort and peace from which the dead watch over the living. Fans of John Edward and other such afterlife mediums will enjoy it quite readily.
JFK, RFK, MLK, Lincoln, John Lennon, and a host of others speak from beyond death in this engaging series of purported afterlife conversations.