Author : Naomi Gladish Smith
Format : Paperback, 272 pages
Release date : 2007
The second book in Naomi Gladish Smith's acclaimed series about souls in the afterlife.
What might a spirit feel on first awakening in the afterlife? Fear, confusion, denial?
When Maggie Stevens, a former world-class gymnast, first awakens in a hospital bed, she is amazed that her body is pain-free. After all, she fell off a balance beam during a competition and crashed head-first onto the auditorium floor. What Maggie doesn't at first realize is that the hospital is like no place on earth. She meets other newly arrived "patients": Kate Douglas, a no-nonsense academic who suffered a heart attack; Ryan James, a handsome musician, who is recovering from a motorcycle crash; Frank Chambers, an ex-cop from Chicago, and Patrick Riley, a church organist, both of whom arrived from a Swiss cancer clinic; and Claire and Swen, a young couple running away from the army. When they all learn that they didn't recover from their illnesses and injuries, they go on an adventure to discover the nature of their new reality. Each must discover that their earthly choices and intentions paved the way for their final destination.
Naomi Gladish Smith is the author of two other novels about the afterlife making up a trilogy, The Arrivals (2004) and The Searchers (2011). Her essays and articles have appeared in a number of anthologies and other publications. You can visit her website at www.naomigladishsmith.com
". . . an eye-opening journey to heaven. . . . This extraordinary story could be a life-changing read for many by impacting the way we perform here on earth." - Judy Voss, author of More Joy Than Sorrow
"This book is a heart-warming contribution to our ideas about the connections between our lives, our world, and enlightening spiritual dimensions that are not so far away." - Steve Hammons, author of Mission Into Light