May 18th, 2016

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Some years ago I was asked to review a book by Marlene Bateman Sullivan entitled Gaze into Heaven. I loved that book. It contained wonderful documented stories of individuals who had died and returned to earth to tell of their experiences.

A Gaze Into Heaven

Now Sullivan has released a new book—The Magnificent World of Spirits. It, too, contains stories of insight and inspiration. Today I am a part of Sullivan’s blog tour.

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Reading The Magnificent World of Spirits does not give me the feeling of anything supernatural or out of place. It gives me a feeling of calm, order, and peace. It helped me to understand not only what I might expect and yearn for when I pass away, but I learned what my deceased family members may be experiencing. I was so impressed by the feelings I had when reading this book that I wrote about it in my upcoming article for “Meridian Magazine.” I don’t have a link to give you yet. It isn’t scheduled to be released until next week. But I will post a link as soon as it comes out. At any rate, I encourage you to read this book. It may help you set some life goals of your own.

Here is the blurb for this newest book by Marlene Bateman Sullivan.

Life. Death. Life.

Not everyone who visits the spirit world stays there. The Magnificent World of Spirits: Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die, gives fascinating glimpses of life beyond the veil by people who visited the spirit world during the early years of the LDS Church.

Filled with stories of insight and inspiration, The Magnificent World of Spirits is a stirring book that combines documented personal experiences with scripture, commentary, and quotes from latter-day prophets and other leaders. This book will bring you peace as you come to understand what awaits on the other side of the veil. After reading this book, you will never think of life—or death—in the same way.

And here are a few excerpts.

Sometime in 1867, John Powell wrote; “My spirit then left my body and went with my guide . . . Here I beheld the inhabitants. The houses and trees were beautiful to behold. I was so amazed and so delighted that I requested my guide to permit me to stay and dwell there, for all things were far in advance of this world.”

While in Philadelphia, Edward Southgate found himself in the spirit world. He says; “I found myself standing in the midst of a vast assembly of people all dressed in white robes. I was greatly impressed—awed is perhaps a better word—by their appearance. Somehow, in a way I cannot describe, their faces seemed to radiate love and happiness and something far deeper and more powerful than happiness—JOY!”

When Brother Pettersson visited the spirit world, he said it resembled the world he knew on earth. He then added, “There were cities and villages, lakes and rivers, fields and gardens, houses and mansions, temples and palaces, flowers and animals of great beauty and variety. The people were busy. Some were building, some were planting, some harvesting.”

Lorena A. Wilson said; “Before us lay a vast city or realm . . . Everything was clean and beaming with radiant beauty. . . . We walked, or seemed to walk, but without apparent effort, a long distance through pleasant streets, lined with beautiful buildings, over paved walks which were bordered by well-kept lawns. The lawns were set with pretty trees and shrubbery, with here and there beds of gorgeous flowers, which were a delight to behold.”


Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Marlene loves reading, camping, and flowers, and has a super-sized iris garden with over 75 different varieties. She also loves animals and has a pudgy Westie and an energetic Welsh Corgi who somehow manage to co-exist with her four cats.

Marlene has written a number of non-fiction books, including:  Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s From Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, Brigham’s Boys, Heroes of Faith, Gaze Into Heaven; Near-death Experiences in Early Church History, and The Magnificent World of Spirits. Marlene also wrote the best-selling novel, Light on Fire Island, as well as three other mysteries, Motive for Murder, A Death in the Family, and Crooked House.


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