The Lives of Angels
By Emanuel Swedenborg
Translated by George F. Dole and Lisa Hyatt Cooper
Introduction by Grant Schnarr
A collection of Swedenborg's most compelling writings about angels―what heaven is like, how angels live and love, and how they keep watch over the people on earth. For people who have never read Swedenborg's works before, this book serves as a vivid travelogue through the afterlife as Swedenborg witnessed it. Read more
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For decades after his experience of spiritual awakening, Emanuel Swedenborg visited the afterlife and wrote firsthand accounts of what he saw there. Scattered throughout his writings are descriptions of how angels live—their homes, their language, their communities, and even their relationships. The Lives of Angels is a collection of his most striking insights into these heavenly beings.
Heaven, we soon learn, is not what many people imagine. It’s not a place of eternal rest where angels with wings strum harps and praise God all day. Angels have work to do, including watching over people on earth and guiding newcomers to the spiritual world. They have houses and live in communities, and they may even fall in love and marry if they haven’t already found the right partner on earth.
The introduction by Grant Schnarr helps newcomers dip their toes into Swedenborg’s spiritual world, framing Swedenborg’s vivid, compelling recollections of things seen and heard in other realms.