Sunday, September 25, 2011

Book Review: Testimony of Light

My boss and I were chatting one evening and she told me about a book she had read a few years ago that "completely changed her life." The way that she spoke about it made me want to pick up a copy immediately, so I put in an online order for Testimony of Light: An Extraordinary Message of Life After Death by Helen Greaves. It ended up buried on my bookshelf for quite a few months until I finally picked it up last week. Although I don't feel like my life has changed in any significant way, I definitely found the story extremely fascinating and it got me thinking about life and what happens after we die.

The book is a true story about a friendship between two women that endures after one of them passes away: "Frances Banks died, as she had lived, fully aware of what she was experiencing and where she hoped to go. Her friend Helen Greaves was by her side as she finally lapsed into unconsciousness. Then, one evening some three weeks after Frances's death, Helen sensed her presence. This extraordinary encounter marked the beginning of contact between them from both sides of the veil -between life as we know it and life on 'the other side.'"

The book begins with a brief biographical introduction followed by a description of Frances' "return" to the spheres of the spirit. The rest of the book consists of the actual "scripts" provided by Frances.
I think anyone interested in the after-life will find this book very interesting. The descriptions in the book about "heaven" and what happens after we die are definitely attractive and they make death seem something to look forward to, instead of being dreaded. The important message that the author attempts to portray is that the death of the body is simply a gentle passing to a much freer and fuller life.

Stewart thinks books like this are fictitious nonsense written by people out to make a few bucks. I definitely lean in this direction as well, but I read for entertainment and this book definitely got me thinking and I enjoyed reading it, so I'd say that it wasn't a waste of money and so it served its purpose. Definitely not a book for everyone though.


  1. Sounds interesting! I definitely believe in an after-life but not so sure about the whole communicating-between-realms type of thing. Still sounds like a good read though.

  2. Yeah it was kind of weird but definitely interesting and it made me think. Super quick read, too, it was only like 150 pages.


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