- This book was excellent. Giving me hope in a hopeless situation. Recommend for everyone especially a person grieving. Thank you. ~ Rebecca O'Toole, Amazon.com review
I really enjoyed this book. It was very much like watching a discussion of the afterlife by different experts that had passed on. They agreed on many fundamentals but politely disagreed on some particulars. There was, however, never a dispute about the most important issue...individual intelligent survival after "physical" death.
~ F. L. Rynearson, Oregon U.S.A., Amazon.com review
- Truly an inspirational book! I lost a loved one to suicide in 2011 and have been struggling and constantly wondering if his soul moved on to the other side. I am a believer in Jesus Christ and have been raised to believe we have a loving and compassionate God. This book gave me peace and put the afterlife in a better perspective for me. ~ Jessica Allen, Amazon.com review
- I just finished your book. I am also an academic, although from a different discipline. I guess my biggest take-away is the surprise that the afterlife, according to your mediums, is not like "heaven" as I had been taught. Rather it seems more like a grander and highly refined extension of Earth. I guess I was a bit let down initially but at the same time there is something about it, I don't know, that rings true for me. You've given me a new perspective. A great job of having collected and summarized these various accounts in one place. Thank you for writing the book. ~ Ron Coleman, email to author
- I'm reading your beautiful book, The Afterlife
Unveiled, and find that I have read most of the
books you refer to and especially enjoyed the
Helen Greaves books, Stainton Moses, and the
writings of Sir Oliver Lodge. ~ Patricia Juarez, email to author
- I like the way this subject was presented. An informative style based on research of this subject.
Makes me want to dig deeper. ~ Greg Cirillo, Amazon.com.review
- Fascinating read. Through various sources different accounts of what we will find when we die are laid before us. For me I found several points of comfort from reading this book, one that we will meet with loved ones again in a beautiful setting, two that karma exists and those who have done wrong will be punished. It sets out a vision of a journey of continual learning, of acquiring knowledge and trying to attain the ultimate progression towards a higher way of being. It doesn't matter if u follow a religion on earth since all are found in this afterlife.
~ Julie Watkins, UK, BetterWorldBooks review
Fantastic, life changing book.
~ Janis Pegrum Smith, UK, BetterWorldBooks review
- I would be interested in buying several copies of The Afterlife Unveiled for friends. Your study of channeling made a big difference in several person's lives, for their reading of it reduced their fear of death. Best to you. ~ Andrew Minjiras, San Francisco, email to author
"The Afterlife Unveiled" by Stafford Betty Ph.D. is a unique book that features information on what life after death may look like. Obviously, one has to have an open mind to read "The Afterlife Unveiled" because it a channeled book. However, there is a wealth of interesting information in this book. The following viewpoints are among a few of the writings included within the chapters:
Page 107: At least three ways are given on how souls progress in the non-physical realms. Souls are also seen for exactly who they are in the non-physical realm. Many spirits also enjoy numerous members of their "spirit families" and light beings immediately greeting them after their physical death on earth.
Page 109: Many spirits who commit suicide DO NOT transition to an eternal hell. However, those who commit suicide may end up being greeted by unsavory spirits who influenced their suicide and/or run the risk of at first landing in the non-physical realms alone and friendless. A compassionate view appears to be taken on suicide, but the problems that the man or woman tried to escape from on earth are still left unsolved in the non-physical realms.
Page 111: Countless souls have the free-will to not return to earth, but many choose to reincarnate back on earth for the learning opportunities.
There is so much more interesting information contained in this book. "The Afterlife Unveiled" by Stafford Betty Ph.D. is a positive and nourishing book for those who are curious and open-minded in reading about potential realities in the afterlife.
~ Stella Carrier, Amazon Reviewer
- This is a challenging read, but it is sure to open your mind and heart to possibilities you have never dreamt. I entered into this book somewhat as a skeptic, mostly because of my strong religious background. Yet, if you will keep an open mind, you cannot help but allow for the hope it builds for a heaven that is beyond our expectations, yet ultimately just and supremely rewarding. And yes, Virginia, there is a hell... but, according to those souls who have seen it, not as we have had God design it.
Indeed, Professor Betty has done all the legwork and made an excellent achievement by scouring for the serious reader the best of the historical literature in this field. Even better still, he has boiled it all down, cutting through to the heart of the matter, and made a case for the afterlife that is difficult even for one ensconced in a spiritual comfort zone to disavow.
~ Christian Williams, email to author
- How exciting that the afterlife is being explored in such a manner. I will cherrish the day that others will not look at me like I am a crazy person when I share my story. Not sure why when it is in writting people are more able to "belive". ~ Rosemary White, Comment on blog Powered by Intuition
We are so curious about the afterlife, aren’t we? Dr. Betty’s information is fascinating. Of course I found this paragraph – “Other souls are enslaved to their addictions and become earthbound. For example, an earthbound spirit who was an alcoholic is still pestered by the craving for alcohol. So he hangs around bars on earth and “drinks through” other alcoholics he temporarily possesses, making it all the more difficult for his victim to conquer the habit.” – to be particularly interesting. Possibly that explains where some have such a difficult time letting go of their alcoholism for a period of time or forever, and others find it a bit more doable. Always interesting. Thanks for sharing Dr. Betty’s research. ~ Cathy Taughinbaugh, Comment on blog Powered by Intuition
What is new to me is to learn that heaven is a spectrum of worlds. It is comforting to know that no spirits stay in the dark forever and that there will be a day when the spirit decides to move towards the light. And yes, I found the part on the addictions interesting too! Great post!
~ Evelyn Lim, Comment on Powered by Intuitioin (blog)
- This is fascinating. I’m wondering if the different “heaven worlds” are at all like what I was reading about the “multiverse,” the many dimensions that exist. It all sounds more complicated than I had imagined. And I’m wondering what it’s like for those souls who have reached the more advanced levels. So many questions!
~ Galen Pearl, Comment on Powered by Intuition (blog)
Dear Angela, Thank you for sharing Dr. Betty’s work and thought-provoking interview. Several things perked my attention. 1) I myself have not experienced an NDE but seem to connect profoundly with those who have. This suggests to me it is possible for people to access some sense of the experience without needing to die. 2) The concept of Earth’s slow “vibrations,” blocking us intrigues me. I find the more I spend time listening to the Earth itself and immerse in the natural world, the more I seem to access spiritual information. In fact, my greatest dilemma right now is how to live the life of my soul’s longing by reversing my current lifestyle and being outdoors 75% of the time, indoors 25%. 3) Especially coming from a man who studies and teaches religion, the idea that “Character alone counts, not beliefs,” reassures me. For some reason I cannot fathom, I have tried again and again to understand my hesitations toward Christianity despite reading scripture and attending various churches over a lifetime. It simply has not resonated with me the way other belief systems (such as Buddhism) have. Many outsiders to my family have commented about the nature of “good works” of my relatives, yet the one who has behaved most like a missionary personally saving lives is an atheist, and the rest of us have no specific religious compass as foundation. The constant tug I feel toward spiritual topics is probably the most “religious” expression among us. How we choose to behave must be more important than who we listen to. That reassures me for our existence outside this plane. ~ Erin W, Comment on Powered by Intuition (blog)
Very interesting post! Despite being quite a rational personality type, I myself am a firm believer in both reincarnation and the afterlife, because as an intuitive I’ve had communication in very specific terms with spirits, including names, appearance, and other details.
And as a human being in general, I actually have some memories of my most recent previous life (which was rather tragic and memorable), including someone who I believe is still close to me in spirit, and has done some fairly dramatic and visible things to demonstrate it.
I even have a physical anomaly that seems to relate to my memories of that past life, and several mediums and readers have described that incarnation as well.
So there isn’t much doubt in my mind that such things actually exist, and I find that to be an extremely comforting idea. It has all caused me to lose my fear of death completely, and in an odd sense I even look forward to it eventually, because my curiosity about that other world is enormous! I wonder how many people we’ll meet there from previous lives we’ve completely forgotten! :) ~ Jennifer Flint, the Aura Reader, Comment on Powered by Intuition (blog)
- Fascinating. If spirits are involved in work in the afterlife, how is it we can call upon them. How is it that my Mom can be present for me and still do her work in the afterlife. I believe she has attained an advanced state because she was such a wonderful mother. But she also promised she would always be here for me. Can you tell me more about this? Can spirits be in two or more places at once? Can she be attending to the children of Sandy Hook or be in the advanced state that you describe and still come to me? ~ Rosemarie Monaco, Comment on Powered by Intuition (blog)
- I love the "open", honest treatment of the subject matter . This book helped me understand not just that there may be an afterlife but why there is one. ~ Cathy, Amazon.com review
- I enjoyed reading this book immensely. It inspired in me a greater desire to share my own truths, stories and writings. "The Afterlife Unveiled: What the Dead Are Telling Us About Their World" shines like a lighthouse that offers safe passage to those who truly wish a peek "Behind the Curtain." It deeply resonated with my inner being.
~ Laurie J. Brenner, Amazon.com review
- I really really loved this book. So much that after reading it as an e-book I bought the paperback to pass to friends. I found it very thoughtful and written from an objective point of view. No preaching whatsoever in it, which is refreshing in these types of books. Great job and a good read. ~ Michelle M, Amazon.com review
- If one wants to understand the afterlife....and you have questions on this subjet..this book
presents a very clear insight...a good read ~ Janet Christensen, Amazon.com review
- I'm writing just to say how much I have enjoyed reading your book "the afterlife unveiled". It is beautifully written and put together, so gentle and unassuming in style, so easy of access and informative, so thought provoking and intriguing- thankyou so much!
In my personal life I have been spiritually oriented for sometime. I particularly love the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda (I also wondered if you had heard of him and his famous 'Autobiography of a yogi'? There is a chapter in this book where Yogananda reports that his "dead" guru reappears to him in flesh and blood and describes the astral and causal universes inhabited after death). Reading your lovely book has strengthened my conviction in these teachings and ideas.
~ Damian Woods, email to author
- I just finished reading your book entitled "the afterlife unveiled."
I will now pass it on to a friend who is just starting her spiritual journey; she turned to religion first and they had few if any answers for her, and then I will loan it to my long time friend who is very very ill and two years ago did not believe in an afterlife.
Books like yours have been a godsend to him. He went within two years from a belief that when he is gone he is gone forever and his life is all over, from "gone forever" to recently he sent me a birthday card that read "forever friends". That is huge.
Anyhow loved your book. Thanks for the effort to write it. Your professionalism in picking the quotes and doing the narrations of these "spirits" that came through a medium was outstanding.
I doubt your students have any idea how rare it is for a professor of religion that can bring to them such books as "testimony of light". Also one of my keeper books like yours.
~ Dave Depree, email to author
- I am delighted to send this email to you in gratitude for your wonderful work. I recently heard your talks with Vanessa Anseloni on Kardec Radio and I got absolutely interested in your works, articles and books, and I really want to congratulate you for all of them. Your book "The Afterlife Unveiled" gave me so much inspiration to continue pursuing my studies regarding the Afterlife, Spiritism and Science. I am flattered to have been given the chance of listening to your fabulous interview and I want to congratulate you once again for this amazing research that you have been doing.
Cognitive Neuroscience B.A. Candidate
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015
~ Fabio Marcovski, Philadelphia, PA, email to author
- Thank you, thank you, thank you for the
most important work that you have done
and are doing. I have your newest book from the
library, but I know I want to have a
copy of my own.
~ Pamela Murray, Springfield, MO, email to author
- I've often commented on the biggest inconsistency in ostensibly channeled communications about the afterlife — the question of whether or not spirits reincarnate. The same concern shows up in Stafford Betty's worthwhile book, The Afterlife Unveiled, which consists largely of excerpts from channeled material.
~ Michael Prescott, Michael Prescott's blog
- Fascinating and engaging. ~ Portia Choi, email to author
- I LOVED this book. I only wish it had been longer.
What the author does here is unique. From his extensive reading of books about the afterlife (he is a Professor of Religion) he compiles an overview of what life is like after we die, according to spirits who have spoken through mediums.
The author's goal is to help people form a more realistic view of the afterlife then the ones offered by religions (Christianity in particular with its limited view of either hell with fire and eternal punishment, or heaven with harps and clouds.)
Each chapter focuses on one medium/spirit and gives a brief intro about them. Each gives lots of direct quotes from the spirits about different aspects of the afterlife, like: what different regions (spheres) of the afterlife exist; what people do in the afterlife; what our soul's purpose is; where corrupt, evil-doers go and what "evil" forces really are; and much more.
The last chapter summerizes 44 points about the afterlife (as covered in the book) that seem the most interesting to the author. Some of these points include, randomly (and I quote from the book):
2. The Afterworld begins at the earth's surface and extends outward....
4. Earth's slow vibrations dumb down our ability to sense the presense of spirit, including the Divine....
5. The newly "dead" are thoroughly themselves when they pass. Their personalities, habits and character, for better for worse, are completely intact.
7. ... life in the astral is more vivid and intense then on earth, not more ghostly....
10. AD Mattson's trip to other inhabited planets revealed a divine plan very much like the one just sketched....
11. The Afterlife is a broad based society of every conceivable kind of person, most of them flawed and incomplete in some way....
16. Many astral inhabitants maintain a lively interest in the events of Earth and long to help it progress...
21. There are hellish regions in the astral, and large populations that make their home there....
26. There are three basic ways to progress in the Afterlife:...
28. There are no masks in the astral. You cannot hide from others what you are....
32. Spirits in the astral meet Christ-like beings....
Overall, if you want to know what you have to look forward to when you pass over, you will enjoy this book very much and it will give you a solid overview of what the spirits tell us about the afterlife. And this book will introduce you to seven of the best books from mediums/spirts. ~ Cat Whipple, Amazon.com review
- I have been researching the afterlife for some 20 years off and on, and have read dozens of books on the subject. With the possible exception of some books by Michael Tymn, whom Betty mentions in his acknowledgments, this book ranks at the top. ~ Craig Smith, Amazon reviewer
- If you're looking for something interesting and out of the box to read, then this is the book to get!
I couldn't really tell you if it was all a croc, or what. I'm not much of a believer in trance readings or other ways these people were able to "communicate" with the other side. But I felt it was all tied in very well into the book, and makes you say 'what if'. I couldn't wait to go to bed to read this book, and I'm sure you will feel the same way.
I only hope that He is in the process of making another book like this. ~ Bako Guy, Amazon reviewer
- I have just finished re-reading for the
third time your "Afterlife Unveiled" and
wanted to thank you. My wife and I are
30+ year students of "A Course in
Miracles" and have found your book to be
for us an amplification of the Course
idea that birth is not the beginning and
death is not the end. I look forward to
reading your novel.
~ John Dilworth, email to author
Professor Bettys book greatly elaborated on the sense of Gods enormous love and goodness in portraying an afterlife that offers continuing opportunities for personal growth. And the "Shadowlands" destination of so many souls is a dismal place but there is hope of leaving those environs. Certainly that concept is more appealing than an eternal barbecue by a vengeful God imposing a punishment that exceeds any cruelty that mankind has been able to devise during his time on earth. The notion that one cannot snatch a "get out of jail free" card at the moment of death just by saying "Im sorry" no matter the selfishness and meanness of ones life is also appealing to my sense of justice and fairness. Conversely, one weak, doubting, even despairing moment at death should not wipe out a lifetime of charity, service and devotion. I also very much liked the way these reports indicated the awesome power and majesty of God as eternal, creative, living Intelligence. I further appreciated the notion of multiple levels in the afterlife and the fact that the degree of energy vibration determined ones appropriate location on this graduated scale of the afterlife. This seems to nicely reflect the cosmological physics of string theory which proposes that at the most fundamental level all matter is determined by unimaginably small vibrating "strings" of energy. Further, the existence of these multiple levels in unseen dimensions not only satisfies the need for multiple dimensions posited by string theory but also might account for the 96% of the universe that science cannot identify at all. In lieu of having any clue as to what this huge majority of the universe actually is, science calls it "dark matter" and "dark energy." So these mediumistic reports appeared to not only confirm the Christian sense of a loving God but also offered a lovely reconciliation of science and religion. Further, even St. Paul spoke of levels in heaven (see 2 Cor 12:2).
~ Jim Carney, Amazon.com review
I am currently re-reading "The Afterlife Unveiled", and am enjoying it even more than the first time through ...
I hope it is "required reading" for all of your classes, and for all of the faculty ...
~ Richard Brannon, Ph.D., email to author
Years ago I gave up on Fresno so Im
THRILLED to find a "Valley Guy" who
writes great works on religion and is
interested in the afterlife. Just
~ Carla Wills-Brandon, email to author
I read the Introduction to The Afterlife Unveiled this morning. Perhaps you more than just about anyone appreciate the obstacles that works on this subject face in gaining acceptance amongst the intellectual and moral corruption of Western academia. Consequently, an introduction in such cases is especially important. I thought that you did a masterful job - certainly as good a job as is possible - in disarming the close-minded.
~ Jay Feore, email to author
Early this morning as I read p.67 where you quote Benson: "sound and light are intimately connected in the spirit world . . . all music is colour and all colour is music" and you sum it up on p.105 with "The astral is synesthetic: sound and light are coextensive", I wept spontaneously and deeply, as you were describing something I have experienced firsthand in my work as an artist. When I play the piano, I often "see color" in the sounds and then run to my canvas and try to reproduce what I am hearing/seeing. My art comes from the same place in me as does my music and it has always felt like a deeply spiritua and inspired place. The practice of art is contemplative and intuitive for me and now, you have revealed that my earthly experience also describes one tiny aspect of the Afterlife. I am not psychic, nor can I yet explain why I was so touched, but your words bless my work and I am grateful this book has crossed my path. I want to be open and thus, expect other revelations to come to me but I feel as though you may have helped explain one source of the wonderful, mysterious moments I have when I work. Thank you!
~ Suzanne Damrich, Mobile,AL , email to author
I was shocked to discover how many of my pre-existing thoughts on the Afterlife were reflected in the pages of your book. One of the most significant parts of the book was imagining the Shadowlands where souls stay until they can be encouraged to leave the darkness. Its joyful to know that even broken souls can be mended in the light of God and that there is still hope for every soul, past and present. I have found I now pray more often for these poor souls and for the souls whose job it is to guide them away from the darkness. This book makes so much sense to me and I find I believe it as if every word was truth. I have never before read a book that has had such a profound effect on me and for that I am truly grateful. If you could only read one more book in this lifetime, this would be the book to read. I found such comfort from reading Afterlife Unveiled and I hope you will too.
~ Mrs. P. J. Gaskell, Liverpool, Amazon.co.uk review
- Clear writing, amazing examples, easy to understand; congratulations and thanks for such excellent work. ~ Lester Carcamo, email to author
- I have read a couple of chapters of Afterlife Unveiled, and your writing and insights are very stimulating. The chapter (3) about David Hatch is a superb essay, and your bibliography will give me much to work with and enjoy. I am not in a hurry to go the Spirit world (which community?), but I am much less afraid of dying to this earth world. The information from the spirit communicators does make the next experience sound appealing and fun. Hopefully the shadow lands will not be a stopping place! ~ Andrew Minjiras, email to author
I must confess that I am one of those who do not like the idea of dying and death seems terrifying for me. However, reading the book helped me to gain a sense of peace and hope. ~ Nubia Sierra, M.A. in Theology from Loyola Marymount, in Los Angeles. High school religion teacher
Dr. Betty has created a book that not only informs and entertains, but more importantly: Inspires. If you are 'on the path' and new to this subject, this book will open up a view to some beautiful fields ahead. If you already know this territory, Dr. Betty's choice of subject matter and accompanying narrative should enhance and expand the vista. Highly recommended. ~ Gary Chaplin, Amazon.com reviewer
Stafford Betty did an excellent job! All material he used in this book is very well documented; the author presents only facts (mediumistic reports)--nothing more. Of course, one may have mixed feelings about the validity and accuracy of such reports (as I myself do), but it is data nonetheless, and it is up to the user to decide how to regard it. Stafford also did a very nice summary at the end of his book, nicely putting common elements in mediumistic reports, and thus producing a coherent picture. Highly reccomended! ~ Alexander Zlotnik, Amazon.com Reviewer
Well done, Dr. Betty! I found this book on the afterlife not only interesting but inspiring. It seems an invitation and reminder to engage in our progression on the earthly plain. I heartily agree that we progress here (and apparently in the Afterworld) by admitting defects in our character, serving others, and yearning for the higher states. This is consistent with all the past and living saints and masters who invite us to be steadfast on the spiritual and personal journey. Dr. Betty has done a great thing in pulling these writings together and has presented it well. I will be recommending it to many of my clients who consistently ask questions about the afterlife. The final chapter which summarizes the book's teachings is very helpful. ~ David Atkins, former United Methodist Pastor, currently Marriage and Family Therapist.
I purchased your book The Afterlife Unveiled yesterday and read the book cover-to-cover with great satisfaction. I have read many books on the subject of the spirit world, but none like your book. Thank you for writing this book. I would be interested to know what other books you may have out there on the subject. ~ Silke Herbias Elliott, California Massage Therapist
I am halfway through your book, and I find what you have to say comforting and fascinating. This book will inevitably become a staple for those interested in the afterlife. Congratulations and thank you. ~ Rene Ferrell, Professor of Music
Perhaps the existence of the afterlife may never be scientifically proven. To those who yearn for something more substantial, and for those who are not easily satisfied, Betty’s book is one of the corner pieces of the puzzle. It is a treasure trove of delightful, insightful and sometimes uncomfortable subjects that catapults readers into a mode of deep reflection and wonderment. ~ Emily Shapiro, Reporter for the Bakersfield Express
I just finished your Afterlife book and am writing to congratulate you ~ William Stone, Co-director of AECES (Association for Evaluation and Communication of Evidence for Survival)
for its excellence and for the fact that you wrote it at all. Having
it written by an active academic is a minor breakthrough in itself. I
totally agree with your belief that society really needs concrete
information about the afterlife if it ever is to bring peace to the
religious jungle we live in.
I wanted to let you know that I read the book and really enjoyed it. At first, I was a little surprised. One because I did not think the book would be so direct about the afterlife. And also because books like this are usually not written the way Dr. Betty wrote his. I felt it was both a scholarly and brave approach. ~ Sophia Saad
Also, I have been reading all about quantum physics lately and the ideas of multiple universes existing next to us... literally. And the idea/theory that there is no empty space. This would support a lot of what Dr. Betty writes about.
Again, I think Dr. Betty is so brave not only for addressing this topic but for not holding any punches as he writes about it. And there are so many parts of this book I would love to discuss.
I would also love to know more about Dr. Betty's theories, his personal experiences, how he felt about bringing this book to life, and what sort of critiques he has faced if any.
Thank you so much for this recommendation. I bought it for my Kindle but I am going to order a hard copy for my book collection. Thanks so much!
An unusual and informative book by a professor of religion, exploring pictures of the afterlife from many different classic, as well as less well-known sources of information. ~ Network Review
There can be few, if any, more important questions than what happens to us when we die. This book contains what purport to be reports from people who have died, telling us in what conditions they live, and how they may move on from one sphere to another. Whatever they may make of this, everyone will find it intensely interesting. ~ John Hick, Author of Death and Eternal Life, preeminent philosopher of global religion
- After conducting a pattern and content analysis of details that spirit sources described about their afterlife world through credible mediums, Dr. Betty spells out 44 specific details of the afterlife, most of which differ from the views of major world religions. Belief in these revelations that the nature of our afterlife existence depends upon using our free will to evolve spiritually in love and wisdom in this life is the core message of this book. ~ Boyce Batey, Executive Director of Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies
The foundation of organized religion is life after death. Yet, orthodox religion has failed to paint a picture of an appealing afterlife. There have been, however, various accounts of the afterlife coming to us through sensitives who have penetrated the veil. In this book, Professor Betty gathers together some of the most intriguing and interesting accounts, offering us a more realistic picture of both the higher and lower realms. ~ Michael Tymn, Michael Tymn, author of The Articulate Dead, authority on mediumship
If you are looking for a book about the afterlife viewed through the lens of mediums, this is the one to read. Dr. Stafford Betty has carefully studied many of the significant mediums in history and presented a composite of information they have received from sitters of various backgrounds. You will find some of the most fascinating and controversial accounts of the nature of the afterlife without the usual academic jargon. There is so much to ponder and discuss you will not be able to put this book down.
~ Louis LaGrand, PhD, Bereavement Counselor and consultant author of Love Lives On