Most of these books are channeled - in other words
they are the words of someone who is "dead" delivered
by a medium who is obviously a living mortal. There are however
a few exceptions - "When Ghosts Speak" by Mary Ann Winkowski which
is about her experiences with ghosts, and "My Travels in the
Spirit World" by Caroline Larsen which was achieved in an out
of body state by the author. J.S.M Ward also traveled out of body,
but in his case, that enabled him to obtain the information from
other spirits who were tasked with telling their stories. The very
first book listed here, I wrote, based on many of those listed,
plus the Padgett material on this
Many books on life after death have also been reviewed on the message forum, along with others of a spiritual nature, but if they do not make it here, it means I did not think that they are "top drawer material".
Getting the Hell out of
by Geoff Cutler
This is a relatively short summary of what happens after
death, and owes much to the books on this list. After many
years of offering it as a
pdf, I have finally produced a proper book, and it is
at Lulu. This is 51 pages on the Spirit Spheres, including
the Hells and the Astral Plane. This is now available in Amazon
Life in the World Unseen
by Anthony Borgia.
It amazes me how long one can spend, interested in the things
that happen after death, and still find amazing books that
you somehow did not discover earlier. This has to be one of
the best written, and more than adequately in depth, on the
topic of what happens in the Spirit Spheres. It was first
published in 1954. The spirit telling the tale in this case
is an ex-cleric, Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson. In spite of
his previous religious background, he tells us a tale largely
devoid of religious comment, save for his indignation at what
he previously believed and indeed wrote as a mortal. He does
not cover topics such as Divine Love, and that is to be expected.
There are a number of later books by the same duo, so I await
those with interest. I have moved this almost to the top of
the book list, as all it takes is 113 pages for you to know
a huge amount about life in the Spirit Spheres.
The topics include passing over, the magnificence of the
spheres, how they move around, eating fruits, their cities
and buildings. How buildings are constructed, hospitals and
children. A number of topics are better covered here than
anywhere else I have found, including the issue of garments,
movement, and even boating. Yes boating. For those of us who
This book is largely out of print, and even pdfs seem hard
to come by unless you pay. So
I have created a pdf and offer it here. And a Kindle version is available here. This Kindle version is only available for sale in the US. Mobi and epub versions are available here.
More about Life in the World Unseen
by Anthony Borgia.
This is a continuation of the book "Life in the World
Unseen". It was first published in 1956. It is again
an interesting book, particularly if you are pretty fanatical
about wanting to know what happens after death. However compared
with the first book, it should be said that there is a lot
of repetition. There is an interesting discussion about the
role, and the limitations placed on churches in the next realm.
A Kindle version has been created and is now available Amazon - USA only. Free Mobi and epub versions are available here.
Here and Here After.
by Anthony Borgia.
This appears to be a continuation of the book "Life in the World
Unseen". It was first published in 1959. Well it was actually first published under the original title "ABC of Life" in 1945, making it the oldest of the Borgia books as far as I know. It is again
an interesting book, particularly if you are pretty fanatical
about wanting to know what happens after death. However compared
with the first and second book, it should be said that there
is a lot of repetition. One of the things that I wondered
about, is that Monsignor seems not to have progressed spiritually
very much in the period since his death. It is almost as if
in giving up his Catholic Faith, he has decided he is not
interested in God at all. (Subsequent to this comment, I have
discovered two books devoted entirely to commentary on
the orthodox Christian beliefs - "Facts" and "More Light".)
Free Mobi and epub versions are available here.
by Antony Borgia
First published in 1946, this booklet is devoted to a criticism
of the Christian religion, as seen from the spirit planes.
Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson certainly demolishes much of
the orthodox Christian dogma, yet fails to add such higher
truths as we can learn via James Padgett, or even via the
Urantia Book. Strange really, because Padgett's mediumship
occurred while Benson was in the spirit world.
He covers issues such as baptism, the Eucharist, the vicarious
atonement, prayer, and notions of judgment, justice and mercy.
A pdf is available
here. A Kindle version is only available for sale in the US, as Amazon believes that is the only country free of copyright. There is a sequel to this book called "More Light" which is also religious commentary. Free Mobi and epub versions are available here.
Heaven and Earth
by Antony Borgia
Published in 1948 this is really not a book that simply describes
life in the spirit spheres, but goes some way to try and explain
their perspective on a number of issues. Robert Benson has
a good turn of phrase, and eloquently makes his points. Probably
the most significant of these concern folks that are "condemned
to death" and end up being free to continue their mayhem
from the spirit side. A
pdf is available. Free Mobi and epub versions are available here.
by Anthony Borgia.
This book was first published in 1947. Free Mobi and epub versions are available here.
Through the Mists
Robert James Lees
This book was recorded by James Lees in 1898, and had 20
reprints by 1952 when it went out of print. It is apparently
a story related verbatim, as the spirit materialized and spoke
to James Lees, who simply wrote down what he heard. This is
a rather rare way of communicating, it must be said.
I would rate this as one of the finest expositions of the
spirit worlds, albeit that the language is perhaps too flowery
for today's audience. If you put up with the slow pace, you
will learn a lot about the next realm. What distinguishes
this book, is that Aphraar is interested in "why"
rather than simply "what", as would be the case
with Robert Hugh Benson. This book covers many Spiritual Laws
along the way, as the spirit tells of his first few weeks
in "heaven". If you are a lover of the Bible, you
may be amazed at the different turn put on many well known
phrases, but if you are not a Christian, this may irritate.
There is more to tell, and the sequels tell some of that,
but as an introduction, it is very comprehensive. What is
particularly interesting is that he also covers the sleep
state - what we do in the spirit realms during sleep. I have
created a pdf,
so that you can enjoy this book without charge. If you would
like a newly printed copy, you
can get one here, as secondhand copies are scarce. This
is now available as a Kindle
The Life Elysian
Robert James Lees.
This is the second book in a set of three. It was initially
published seven years after "Through the Mists",
in 1905. I was frankly completely astounded how the material
in this book aligns with that delivered by James Padgett from
1914 on. The spirit author Aphraar manages to set down many
things with a clarity that is uncommon, and his grasp of spiritual
principles is excellent. The book is in fact an attempt to
set straight what Jesus really taught. As such it uses a large
number of Bible quotations, and frequently the interpretation
laid on these is both clear and novel. The book also covers
a number of topics of great interest to folks, such as the
issue of children lost in their early years. It is particularly
good in its explanation of the purpose of the earth-bound
state, as I have not previously seen that covered, and did
not realise that it had a purpose. It is also very good in
explaining how it is that Father helps us, when we cry out
for help. There is also a fascinating glimpse of the issue
of our being frequently in spirit during the sleep state,
and thus being able to recognise many old friends when we
finally arrive in spirit.
I have created a pdf. A newly printed copy can
be had here, as secondhand copies are now scarce. This
is now available
in Kindle e-book format at Amazon.
The Gate of Heaven
Robert James Lees
I was frankly somewhat disappointed with this book, the final
book in a set of three, when I first read it. I probably should
not have been now that I have read it again very closely. This book confirms the intriguing, and critically
important spiritual information conveyed in both the Padgett
Messages and the Urantia Book that there lies a dimension
beyond the Spirit World. But I was looking for more, or to
be specific, I expected it to conform to the clarity that
exists in both the Padgett Messages and The Urantia Book about
the "Gate of Heaven." In other words, some confirmation
of how Aphraar got to that point. Some differentiation between
those that pass through the Gate and those who do not. I could
not initially find that, and now conclude, on a careful re-reading,
that I was too harsh. I believe that Aphraar had as his mandate,
the exclusive use of the Bible, and he never attempted any
other source. And as a book limited to that source, it's exceptional.
And yes it does its best to communicate that a rebirth by
spirit is due to Father's Love. In fact he specifically links
the "burning hearts" on the way to Emmaus with the
rebirth by spirit. A pdf of this book is available
here, and a newly printed copy is
available here. A Kindle ebook is available here.
Spirit World and Spirit Life
Charlotte Elizabeth Dresser
Now that I have read so much on the life after death, this
is really a book I might have selected as a starter. The reason
for that is I believe there is very little error in this book.
And it does help if the first few books you read are accurate.
This book is not one that portrays any philosophy of how the
spirit world is organised. And is somewhat limited in explaining
progression. But it does a really great job of trying to explain
how they live, move, talk, what they do, what their houses
are like, how they make music etc. The final chapter on the
education of children is really good too. While we are never
going to totally understand how things are in the spiritual
realm until we get there, this book gets as close as any I
One chapter I would have initially preferred to have seen
left out, and that is the one on aliens. Not that I am a disbeliever
in that topic, but as presented one gets the idea that Mars
is covered with inhabited settlements. As I have just read
"Disclosure" by Steven Greer, I am open to the notion
that there may be a lot of evidence that we simply have not
been told about. Pdf Copy
Life Here and Hereafter
by Charlotte Elizabeth Dresser
This is a continuation of "Spirit World and Spirit Life"
by Charlotte Elizabeth Dresser, also a fabulous book. Actually
however, it is a very different book, and is only partly her
work. The pdf is available here Pdf
For me this book was really a missing link. The missing link
between "30 Years among the dead" and the various
Padgett related messages on life after death. It is a large
number of case studies of a human working with a celestial
support group tasked with awakening these recently departed
folks - presumably in the Astral Plane, although that is not
Finally I have a very clear idea of how the many of us typically
awaken in the next realm. And it's a sad scene. All too many
mortals awake into darkness and confusion, with minds in a
dream state, unable to see anything or hear anything. Some
are relatively quickly taught how to awaken their spiritual
sight, and hearing, and then progress as expected. Some are
so caught up in their original earth beliefs, that they take
a lot of work to awaken, insisting that they are not dead,
because they are "alive" etc. Others (relatively
few) may apparently take centuries to come out of this zombie
like state. These are not folks that are bad either, just
folks who never gave a thought to life after death. One can
see how "earth bounds" occur, and one case of obsession
is handled as well, although very interestingly this is a
case of two ex-mortals being attached to another ex-mortal.
I did not imagine obsession of one spirit by another could
This book also has two very interesting sections right at
the end. One is on the subject of thoughts, and how they actually
influence the mind. The other is on the location of what I
suspect is the First Sphere.
My Travels in the Spirit World
by Caroline D Larsen
Initially published in 1927. Unlike the majority
of books in this section, this is not a tale by a deceased
mortal channeled through a medium. Caroline Larsen actually
personally experienced all that she describes in an out of
body state. She was able to travel to all of the four lower
Spirit Spheres. There is an extensive coverage of ex-mortals
still unable to come to terms with their new state, post death.
The only point to note, is that she seems to use the word
"astral" when perhaps it might be more accurate
to simply refer to the word "spirit". No where in
her tale does she describe an Astral Plane such as is described
in two other books on this page. However she does state that
the sphere where children are raised is in the Third Sphere.
(However the numbering of spheres by authors is very problematical,
and that may actually simply mean Summerland, which is in
the First Sphere) A
pdf can be found here.
Gone West: Three
Narratives of After Death Experiences
Received in 1914, this book is a phenomenally detailed description
of the dark planes of the First Spirit Sphere, and also the
Astral Plane. Quite useful classifications of these and even
the higher spheres are used in this book, and although these
may not easily align with the Spheres described through James
Padgett, nevertheless they seem very descriptive and useful.
The Astral Plane has to my knowledge not been as carefully
explored and communicated in any work that I have ever read,
and this seems a great pity, since many mortals apparently
pass to this plane where they may reside for a considerable
period, till eventually passing up into the Spirit Spheres,
or down into the dark planes. It also thus gives a lot of
background to the phenomenon discovered by Dr Irene Hickman,
and also Dr Carl Wickland of obsession and possession.
One of the REALLY amazing things about this book, is that
even though it has very little on the life in the higher spirit
spheres, the spirit very clearly communicates that there is
yet another realm beyond the Spirit Spheres, and that it is
a one way journey there, though what he calls "the wall
of fire". This is of course the Celestial Realm, and
that is the focus of James Padgett's work, so it's good to
find this corroboration. This book can be purchased on Amazon,
as it is available though Kessinger Publishing. It is a pity
that this publisher does not user OCR, and merely scans the
old books, with the result that some pages are nearly impossible
to read. The pdf is here.
A Kindle ebook can be purchased here.
A Subaltern in Spirit
Land - a Sequel to Gone West Part One
This book concentrates on the Astral Plane. That statement
may mean nothing at all to the reader, as it is rare for any
of these books to be so specific, and one often wonders where
the spirit is located, who is describing life after death.
This is the finest description of the Astral Plane I have
ever read, and makes it clear that some people go here after
death, while others go to the Spirit Spheres. There are also
excellent descriptions of other inhabitants of these planes,
both elementals and astral shells. The elementals include
"wee folk", or fairies, indicating that some folks
have really seen these elusive creatures. There are also evil
elementals, and evil astral mortals. The issue of obsession
and possession is extremely well described, being wholly supportive
of Dr Irene Hickmans book : "Remote
Depossession" and also Dr Wickland's "30 years
among the dead" A
pdf is located here. A Kindle ebook is here.
When Ghosts Speak
by Mary Ann Winkowski.
The author has been able to see and converse with earthbound
spirits since she was a child. Interestingly, she cannot see
those "in the light". This book should be good enough
to convince even skeptics that folks are alive after death.
It is a very good coverage of earthbound spirits, also called
ghosts. But because she has no experience of those who have
crossed over, it does not cover the situation that the majority
of us will experience. This book is current, and should be
available in many book stores.
The Blue Island
by Pardoe Woodman and Estelle Stead
This is a relatively short channeled book, the spirit author
being W.T. Stead, a man of considerable significance in journalistic
circles in his lifetime, and who died when the Titanic sank.
It is his story of passing over and spending time in the transition
zone, which he has called the Blue Island.
It is probably the most comprehensive coverage of the transition
zone that I have found, and thus answers very completely what
happens after spirits "pass into the light". Interestingly,
he did not travel through a tunnel of light, nor did he see
any light immediately after his death on the Titanic. Also
interestingly, he reports that all the dead traveled together
in a group to the transition zone.
It is a good coverage of the issue of communication by thought,
as also the technique of materializing and transferring thoughts
The book is at it's strongest in describing his personal
experiences, but it is at it's weakest when he tries to postulate
on what lies ahead. Here he foresees the choice to reincarnate,
and he repeats a common belief that one loses one's individuality
in passing beyond the seventh, into the eternal realm.
This book can be downloaded as a pdf. It was published
in 1922. A
hard copy of this book can be purchased here.
It is now available in Kindle ebook form
Letters from the Light
Written through the hand of Elsa Barker.
This book was first published in 1914 under the title "Letters
from a living dead man." It was republished in 1995 by
Beyond Words Publishing - ISBN 1-885223-08-0. This book chronicles
the experiences of a spirit in it's first year. This book
is based predominantly on the Astral Plane, and the spirit
also touches on a number of curious things that I have verified
elsewhere, such as sleeping survivors and the issue of eating.
But the Astral Plane is rather different to the Spirit Spheres
and unless one is aware of this, one would find some things
quite contradictory to other spirit experiences. I have created
copy of the portions of this text which are in the public
domain in other words - the original publication of 1914.
Testimony of Light
by Helen Greaves
Quite a recent book, published in 1969 and is the communications
of Frances Banks. For 25 years she was a teaching nun, based
in South Africa. But her ever inquiring mind led her out of
the Anglican order, and into more general psychology and spirituality.
This story is at its best when she tells exactly what she
is experiencing, and far less so when she repeats that which
she formulated on earth. She too believes in reincarnation,
but this topic does not form a large part of this book. She
describes the Healing Hospital, or Station where she initially
woke after death, and subsequently served. This book does
not have as much detail on the after life as many of the books
I have recommended, but for all that it is interesting. As
the copyright is still in force, there are no pdfs of this
A Wanderer in the
by Franchezzo, transcribed by A. Farnese.
This book, published in 1901 is an extensive coverage of
the dark spheres, but not quite as extensive as Gone West.
The same topics are covered in the Padgett Messages, but here
we have an entire book devoted to the subject. Franchezzo
passes into darkness, and details his extensive journey back
to the light, and later, back to help others in the dark.
Some of the descriptions of cities ruled by dreadful ex-mortals
are quite terrifying. I do not think this book would fall
into the "must read" category unless, like me, you
are extremely keen to understand all that one possibly can
about the Spirit Realms. In fact I would recommend against
reading this book, unless you already have a clear idea of
the wonderful places in the next realm. There are descriptions
in this book of low levels of consciousness that I would think
might be called Thought Forms.
But for me the most important material was a
very good description of the Astral Plane. It seems that
our definitions of earth bound spirits may in many cases be
inaccurate, as it appears there are also a significant number
of astral shells which once housed a mortal, but no longer
do, as also thought forms some of which can attain a degree
of independence. Probably these are the classic ghosts that
no one seems to be able to help. I also wonder how many of
the attachments that Dr Irene Hickman and Dr Carl Wickland
described may fall into some of the categories described in
this chapter. I have created
a pdf of this book.
A Kindle ebook version is available.
Is Reincarnation an Illusion?
by Geoff Cutler
After ten years research, I feel able to comment on pretty
much any aspect of reincarnation that one might raise as proof.
In this book I look at curious aspects like the Dalai Lama,
why regression delivers past life information that so closely
parallels the current life, even the participants of this
life involved in the drama and sometimes things like birth
marks. In sixteen chapters and 197 pages, I also look at spirits
who try to reincarnate, and those who think they have reincarnated
but are merely obsessing a living human. I cover:
This is really a tour through many sources of spiritualist literature
that have been published in the last 100 years. Those pro and
those against reincarnation. But as far as I can see, there
are solid arguments against any aspect that one might review.
And the more one studies these things, the more curious it is
that so many others have not.
- Eastern beliefs.
- The Bible.
- Where is the mind?
- Past Life Memories.
- "Past Life" researcher Ian Stevenson.
- The Law of Attraction.
- Trying to Reincarnate.
- The soul and the spirit body.
- Sleeping Survivors.
- Non-survivors of death.
- Getting out of Hell.
- Progress in spirit.
- Hearing from famous spirits.
- Indwelling Spirits - the perfect Guide.
- What really happens after death?
This book also includes all of the content of the book "Getting
the Hell Out of Here." The
book is available here. This book is now available in
format at Amazon.
by Jeanne Walker
This I expected to be a "nice" book about the after
death experiences of a beautiful 19 year old girl who died
of cancer. Its not in print any longer, and unfortunately
still under copyright (1975). That means copies can
be expensive, and also means its probably not a book many
people have read. The more is the pity.
I am absolutely blown away by the information in this book
on the topic of thoughtforms - a subject that is very rarely
even mentioned, and I have never found discussed. It is also
in my view, very sound on the subject of reincarnation, and
in this it introduces an approach also not often found. It
also discusses possession by those so determined to reincarnate
that they attach themselves to a physical body and deprive
the real incarnate of a life experience. I truly wish I could
share this book as a pdf. It's not really about life after
death, and probably should be in another of my favourite book
lists. But her mother, Jeanne, who was very concerned about
proving that the communications were genuine, takes up a lot
of the book with that aspect.
More Alive Than Ever......Always Karen
by Jeanne Walker
The original book was republished under the title "More
Alive Than Ever... Always, Karen" in 1995. These
copies can be many hundreds of dollars secondhand as this
newer edition is also out of print. I have included both reviews
here, as the books are very similar. There is probably a 90%
commonality in content and even entire sentences are repeated
exactly the same, yet the minor additional careful editing
makes this later book much better for a serious researcher
into the occult. For one thing it becomes very clear that
thoughtforms created by discarnates are effective in our material
world. That strangely was left unsaid in the earlier book.
There is far less emphasis given in this later book to all
the proof that Jeanne (understandably) required. And the later
book has some few pages covering what transpired in the following
20 years. Here are free epub and Kindle versions of this book.