I’m reading this genre of books as background research for my trilogy. Fiction only works when it’s rooted in facts; whether or not people believe in existence after death, a writer has to use what people agree on occurs in the spirit world. Those are the facts I need to use in the case of my trilogy.
The more I read about experiences after death, the more I believe we need to examine death, really study and research it. It’s like how Henry doesn’t really define what transition is, because it seems self-evident. It’s the self-evident things that need to investigated. Death seems self-evident. The material stops working, it’s easy to ignore or dismiss signs of a spiritual body, and thus as the material body decomposes, we call it “death” and define it as end of life. But is it?
Henry’s book challenges that assumption. Even the title Between Two Worlds does, aptly describing the reality so many don’t want to know. I like how he approaches the topic of himself and his gift. He not only describes how he discovered his gift and how he became a medium and achieved fame (though I’d never heard of him until Netflix served up his new series to me), but he also describes the process. He answers the questions of how he communicates with those who’ve died and remained dead materially. He also notes he can read the energy off the living, a sign of our spiritual bodies existing somewhere within the material (or is it existent on the periphery??). He explains his process and why it’s important for him to know nothing about the people he’s about to read. His process is such that it defies any rational, that is, material-based reasoning, on how he can know the things he does other than spirits are speaking to him.
Henry tells his story, giving examples. As a result, it’s difficult to visualize using the visualizing and verbalizing method of reading comprehension that Lindamood-Bell taught me. Telling is also a weakness in his story. The mantra of all writing is show don’t tell.
Otherwise, an enjoyable read. Henry’s nice personality shines through his words.