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Reading Recommended by His Grace

During the 16th day of blessed month of Mesore - the blessed month of Little Month

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God, Amen.

The reading recommended for 16th day of blessed month of Mesore through the blessed month of Little Month is "Orthodox Afterlife" written by John Habib.

Fifteen years in the making, and after incorporating the guidance of several Orthodox scholars and theologians, this book gathers together a plethora of afterlife experiences of Orthodox Christians from all over the world, spanning 2,000 years of Christian history. The reader is taken on a journey from the moment of death to crossing over into the next existence, witnessing the afterlife through the eyes of others who beheld it and were able to tell us their stories. Each aspect of the afterlife presented in the book is grounded first on the Holy Bible, and then an array of early Christian writings is presented to provide a foundation upon which the reader may understand the experiences presented.

The remarkable feature of this book, as one endorser put it, is that all the experiences "are remarkably consistent.... Far from speculative—they suggest an underlying and almost overwhelming unity with both Scripture and the Church Fathers."

The entire endeavor began when John Habib was in college and living a very worldly life. After being confronted with an Egyptian monk's afterlife story, his life was turned around and he then returned to the faith of his youth. From there, John continued to seek out what Orthodox Christianity really has to say about what happens after we die.

This book delves into a treasure trove of Orthodox history to seek out answers to questions such as the following (and much more):

  • What is death and what does it feel like to die?
  • What will our spirits look like?
  • What will we see immediately after death?
  • What is the experience after death? Is it a journey, or do we directly find ourselves in some other place?
  • What is Hades like? Is it really a fiery torment? Is everyone punished the same?
  • What is Paradise like? How does it look? What does it feel like being there?
  • What happens to infants after they die?
  • Will we see God in heaven? Will we see the Father? The Son? The Holy Spirit?
  • What will we do in the afterlife? Will it be enjoyable?

May the this book enlighten and edify us all.

Bishop Youssef
Bishop, Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States


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