The Afterlife Book: Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death

by Marie D Jones and Larry Flaxman
Afterlife Book

★ Starred Review. … comprehensive survey of what is known, surmised, or purported about the afterlife. … A thorough, well-researched, and nonjudgmental book. An excellent resource for readers exploring the true final frontier of death and beyond.

-Library Journal

What is the soul? What happens after we die? These questions continue to intrigue humanity, and this book provides some fascinating answers. … chapters address death and dying, including the body's decomposition process; past and current rites around the world, from Día de los Muertos to sky burials; consciousness and near-death experiences; the soul and spiritualism; ghosts and afterlife communication; immortality; as well as heaven, hell, and in between. … even-keeled and open-minded, which mirrors the mindset of readers who would most enjoy the book.


… a book on Heaven, Hell, this side of life, and that side.

Indianapolis Recorder

A profound and fascinating exploration of death and the afterlife!

Christian and other religious beliefs, rituals from around the world, quests for immortality, scientists’ conclusions, ghosts, and more!

What happens when we die? Many view it as a mystery, but there are tantalizing clues to be found in the Bible and other religious scriptures, scientific findings, historical writings, literature, reports of near-death experiences, and in many other recorded sources. Facing the contradictions and similarities of beliefs from all over the world and throughout history, The Afterlife Book: Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death shows how death and the afterlife is viewed in a variety of different ways. This engrossing guide looks at the many competing views of the afterlife—and the shared connections between them, including ...

  • Where ideas of Heaven and Hell came from and why they endure.
  • What happens during near death experiences and out of body experiences,
  • What is known about reincarnation and immortality.
  • How death is linked to ghosts and apparitions, mediumship, and spiritualism.
  • How the quest for immortality and transhumanism may play a role in one day ending death.
  • How science and spirituality can often say the same thing—only in different languages and terminologies.
  • How death and the dead have been celebrated, memorialized, and honored in the past and present.
  • What happens to the human body just before, during, and immediately after physical death.
  • What happens to the cells, tissues, heart, and brain as a result of the physical process of dying and decomposition.
  • How burial and cremation traditions, rites, rituals, and controversies address consciousness and the existence of a soul.
  • What religious leaders, philosophers, and scientists have to say about consciousness and the soul.
  • Whether animals and pets have souls.

    Is death just a mysterious phase in our journey? Does it lead to Heaven (or Hell)? Is it reincarnation or simply eternal blackness and unconsciousness? Do we continue to exist in some form or other beyond our physical bodies? The Afterlife Book tackles these questions and gives us all hope that our lives do not come to an end but change like the natural cycles of birth, life, death, and rebirth! It’s many photos and illustrations help bring the text to life, and its helpful bibliography and extensive index add to its usefulness.

  • About Marie D Jones

    Marie D Jones Marie D. Jones is a fully trained disaster response/preparedness member of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) through FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, and she is a licensed ham radio operator (KI6YES). She is the author of over fifteen nonfiction books on cutting-edge science, the paranormal, conspiracies, ancient knowledge, and unknown mysteries, including Visible Ink Press’ Demons, the Devil, and Fallen Angels plus PSIence: How New Discoveries in Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena; 2013: End of Days or a New Beginning; Supervolcano: The Catastrophic Event That Changed the Course of Human History; and The Grid: Exploring the Hidden Infrastructure of Reality. She is a regular contributor to New Dawn Magazine, FATE, Paranoia Magazine and periodicals. Jones has been interviewed on over a thousand radio shows worldwide, including Coast-to-Coast AM. She makes her home in San Marcos, California, and is the mom to one very brilliant son, Max.

    Hometown: San Marcos, California

    About Larry Flaxman

    Larry Flaxman is an accomplished author, researcher, and paranormal theorist who has written 10 books exploring the realms of the paranormal and "fringe" science. He is revolutionizing the field through his groundbreaking work, extensive research, and application of a scientific approach, including integrating quantum physics. Flaxman's contributions have earned him appearances on numerous popular TV shows such as the History Channel's "Time Beings" and “Ancient Aliens,” as well as hundreds of interviews on radio programs worldwide. Additionally, his work has been featured in esteemed publications, further cementing his reputation in the field.

    Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas

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