Book Review: Life After Death

Book Review:  Life After Death, [sic] Powerful Evidence You Will Never Die (Second Edition), by Stephen Hawley Martin

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bostick Communications.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

For those people who are even passably aware of the contents of the Bible and of the nature of judgment and eternal life, reincarnation is not a doctrine that shows any compatibility with the Bible.  Yet, for some reason, people keep trying to force such a connection [1].  This book hits all the high points one would expect from a book of this kind–the author attacks the legitimacy of those who would disagree with him by calling them pseudocritics (no, they are real critics, at least some of them).  Likewise, the author posits a false dilemma between a narrow view of materalism and a gnostic spirituality of the kind represented by the author and others of his ilk.  Nowhere in evidence is a genuine biblical spirituality, one that is firmly and resolutely opposed to trafficking in demonic spirit guides or engaging in forbidden occult practices.  Instead, anyone who doubts the truth of what the author is peddling is a pseudocritic continually changing the grounds of disagreement because of an unwillingness to accept obvious truth.  The possibility of error does not appear anywhere in the author’s limited self-awareness.

Since this author is a publisher of an independent publishing house, I think it would be worthwhile to discuss at least a little what sort of elements would make this book easier to tolerate for an audience of people who are not willing to drink the author’s kool-aid but who at least may be inclined to respectfully give a hearing of the author’s case.  This book is missing nearly all the apparatus that one expects from a serious-minded tome.  This would include a table of contents, index, as well as footnotes and/or endnotes of the many works that the author mentions without citation.  The author claims to be an experienced author and ghostwriter.  One wonders how he could work so long in the industry without understanding the basics of how one gets a work to be taken seriously by readers.  Those who are inclined to believe what the author has to say will likely not have any problem that various elements are missing, but for those who are not immediately bowled over by the author’s desire to string everything together that relates to paranormal and occult practices into one giant and fallacious argument for an immortal soul, what is absent in this book will likely loom large.

There is, though, in this book somewhere the raw material for an interesting book if the author were less strident.  The author could acknowledge the debate and the legitimacy of the concerns of others and present a more restrained case for near death experiences or the efforts at remote intelligence gathering.  Of course, then the author would not be the sort of writer that he is.  That is what one gets when one reads a book like this, the sort of material that has elements that are worth exploring, elements that are spurious, and other elements that demonstrate the author’s acceptance of forbidden and dangerous practices that open up the mind to demonic influence and possession.  The fact that the book even discusses this without recognizing the connection between terrifying demons and seemingly benign spirit guides that lack any kind of genuine morality in their guidance makes the author a special kind of unaware and unwary concerning the material that he deals with.  Hopefully any of the readers of the book are more wary and careful than he is, as he is far out of his depth, messing with powers that he cannot fathom and truly understand and whose danger he appears largely unaware of.

[1] See, for example:

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