Publisher: Walker & Collier, Inc.
Publication date: 12/08/2017
Type: NonFiction, Religion & Spirituality > New Age > Reincarnation
Ray's rating: 5 stars
The Afterlife Revolution is, in my opinion, Whitley Strieber’s most compelling book since Communion. In it, he relates with new detail and insight, many of the key experiences of his life since the Communion event. His narrative focus is on the last years of his wife, Anne’s, life. He recounts her stroke, NDE, and what she learned from them. He relates the events of her death and subsequent communications that led to their collaboration on this book (with Anne’s contributions coming from “the other side”).
The “revolution” part of the book’s title is that of our relation to those who have died. Mr. Strieber says here, as he has before, that it is possible to communicate with them, and even develop technology to detect them. His point, averred by many psychic mediums, is that we share the same universe with our dead. The Afterlife is not “out there,” but all around us. Indeed, it is the larger part of our lives, with excursions into the physical done for the sake of our personal evolution. These points are not new, either in Mr. Strieber’s work or the life-after-death literature. This book, however, is Mr. Strieber’s personal verification of it all through the communications he has experienced with his wife after her passing.
I’ve read most of Mr. Strieber’s nonfiction books, but this one brings out Anne’s contributions the most. Her role in his career and his developing understanding of the visitor experience is outstanding, and her personality comes through in those passages “written” by her. Those are mostly insights into the experience of dying and the nature of the expanded life she found there. She had a glimpse of it from her NDE some years before. That experience changed her outlook such that she could face death, fearlessly, and with preparation. When she felt her time was near, she launched her plan. Mr. Strieber’s role was supportive but, understandably, wrenching.
Anne’s plan included communicating with her husband in various, agreed-upon, ways. She did so to Mr. Strieber’s satisfaction and the result is the insights of this book. Those insights embrace the key events of Mr. Strieber’s life with the paranormal. He has related most of them in other works, but with new understanding here that his long-time followers will appreciate. Anne’s comments from the other side buttress it all.
Of course, the subject of proof will come up as it always does in books like this. Proof of such subject matter is always personal, however. People don’t believe in ghosts until they experience one. What convinced Mr. Strieber that his deceased wife still lives as a self-aware entity who communicates with him, was a number of happenings that culminated in the “white moth” experience he relates in the book’s last chapter. Other people have also indicated some level of contact with Anne, including Gary E. Schwartz, who participated, somewhat, in the moth event and wrote the book’s Foreword.
Overall, this is an engaging book that I read quickly because it spoke so strongly to me, as I’m sure it will for many readers. The take-aways are affirmations for the survival of the soul, the possibilities for spirit communications, and the tools and methods for strengthening our souls for our physical life and for our enveloping, transcendent one.
The Afterlife Revolution will not convince the hard skeptic, who is not likely to read it anyway. For those in the know—who have read the surviving-death literature and experienced some level of communion with the spiritual—it will affirm their experiences and inspire them to live better, with greater hope and joy.