Published by Piatkus Books
Life on the Other Side by Sylvia Browne
In Life on the Other Side, Sylvia Browne explores and explains about what happens to us after we die. Her insights into the afterlife are detailed and mostly reassuring.
Sylvia Browne, author of ‘The Other Side and Back’, ‘Past lives Future Healing’ and several other spiritually based book now offers, in this book her beliefs on the afterlife and return from the other side to earth as a continuing cycle. The book is apparently based on her wide research and personal experiences. She says she is ‘addicted to research’, but this really has to be taken on faith as there is no proof of any extensive research, and no bibliography or reference material.
Brown describes the other side in detail even to the temperature and structures that are present there. (Bad luck for snow boarders, there is no precipitation in heaven.) However there is no reason given for the existence of buildings like the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids in the afterlife, and it is difficult to imagine the purpose of these elaborate tombs in a place where death does not exist.
Browne gets her information from her spirit guides and one of the guides, Francine is able to use Sylvia’s body and voice to channel messages. If you can go along with this, and the anecdotal evidence is very compelling, you will have no problem with most of the claims in this book. One of the friends of Francine the guide, is a man called Raheim. He also uses Sylvia to channel lectures and church services. The writer says that Raheim, on his last cycle on earth was a Sikh and a famous teacher and historian. Sylvia says she did not know of him before Francine introduced them, but she wouldn’t anyway as she only seems to be familiar with the bible and none of the other major religious works, i.e. the Koran, or Talmud, Buddhist scriptures etc. I feel she misses out a lot of wisdom and knowledge in narrowing her reference reading.
Also mentioned in the book is that people will continue to follow their own religion when they go to heaven, and go to churches and temples, which all seems a bit unnecessary if you are already in heaven, and what about those of us who do not have allegiance to any organised religion, what do they do, it just does not make sense. Also all the people who thought they had the one true religion would be disappointed to see all the other churches still in existence.
This book is more comforting and entertaining than a revelation of facts about the other side and reincarnation, it also contains a lot of information already included in earlier books. There are a few annoying editing errors like the day of Francine’s death being 1520, then later in the book it was 1598, and the witches of Salem being burnt at the stake, when they were actually hanged. This is a bit of fantasy, comforting and peaceful, but not a help if you looking for guidance in walking your spiritual path.